10 good reasons to join the #Run1000Miles challenge

Make a commitment to get fitter and be happier in 2022

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by Trail Running |

Still thinking about joining the Trail Running magazine #Run1000Miles challenge in 2022? Here are some of the many reasons you should sign up today.

Strengthen your bones

A study published in Missouri Medicine found that weight-bearing exercises such as running lead to the creation of new bone tissue, thus strengthening the skeletal structure.

Live longer

A scientific review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine analysed 14 studies and found running was associated with a 23% lower risk of death from cancer and 30% lower risk of death from heart issues.

Boost your mood

A study published a couple of years ago by JAMA Psychiatry showed running for just 15 minutes per day reduces your risk of suffering from depression. It just so happens that 20-30 minutes per day is what you’ll need to complete #Run1000Miles.

Lose weight

If you want to lose some fat, running is one of the top forms of exercise for you. In terms of calorie burn, running 1000 miles translates to around 13 kilograms in weight! Of course, you will need to eat enough for adequate recovery, too, so you won’t actually lose that much!

Make friends

Join the #Run1000Miles Facebook group to link up with thousands of others with the same goal, who share positive experiences and advice. Running is also a great way of meeting people in real life, whether you join a club and make new friends or hook up with someone you already know.

Get competitive

Racing is not an essential part of running. However, if you are the competitive type, striving to improve your performance adds an extra level of enjoyment – whether you’re battling to lower your personal best or racing to beat others.

Goal-setting works

Having a set target such as #Run1000Miles will make you more likely to achieve more running in 2022. Why? Goal-setting gives you a focus and makes it easier for you to measure your progress. Seeing the finish line get closer and closer is also a great motivator.

Boost self-esteem

A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that running had a significant positive effect on self-esteem. It’s no surprise, as running can make you feel better about body image.

Improve your memory

Running is great for the brain, too. Numerous studies have suggested this. Marc Poulin, the author of one of these at the University of Calgary, said: “Our study showed that six months’ worth of vigorous exercise may pump blood to regions of the brain that specifically improve your verbal skills as well as memory and mental sharpness.”

Sleep better

Anecdotally, we know we feel more sleepy after a particularly physically active day. Scientists agree. Charlene Gamaldo, medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, says: “We have solid evidence that exercise does, in fact, help you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality.”

Sign up for free for #Run1000Miles and receive a 15% discount at Sportsshoes.com as well as three free digital editions of Trail Running.

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