5 Benefits YOU Can Get from Doing a 5K

It seems that running and racing has really been in the spotlight lately, but what about those of us who have never run before, let alone run in a race? With the Spring racing season coming up fast here are 5 reasons why YOU should consider running - or walking - your first 5k.

  1. A Sense of Accomplishment. There’s no feeling quite like crossing the finish line of a race and knowing you pushed yourself to finish what you started. Whether it’s your first race or your 100th, you alone conquered the challenge so throw your hands up in the air and smile. Better yet, anyone can do it with a little training. In just six weeks you can go from couch sitter to 5k finisher!
  2.  Motivation. Life gets busy and we can all use a little extra push to get out the door sometimes. Paying and registering for a race does just that. By committing to run a 5k you make it a priority and are more likely to get out the door and moving in order to be ready for your upcoming race.
  3. Make New Friends. Want to stay on track with your training? Then go make some like-minded friends! The running/racing community is large and all-encompassing. No matter your activity level, they cheer you on in your achievements as if you came in first. I guarantee you will never meet a more motivating and friendly group of people.
  4. Added Health Benefits. Running decreases levels of stress, depression, as well as helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and that number on the scale while increasing bone density, mental health, and sleep quality. If those don’t convince you then a Study our of Vanderbilt University found that running has also been shown to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other major illnesses.
  5. Live Longer. Researchers out of Stanford University have found that runners actually live longer then non-runners. Not only that but they also have a higher quality of life in those extra years of life. Running and staying fit decreased rates of cancer, neurological disease, infections, heart disease and other causes of death. They also surprisingly found that runners had lower rates of osteoarthritis and knee replacements then their non-running counterparts. (link to article)

Kelsey Sheron NASM CPT, WLS

This article was published in Healthy You, the monthly online newsletter from UK Health & Wellness.