“Running is a gift. It has immense health benefits.
Let me take a pause and talk about myself recovering from Epilepsy with zero medication. It was unbelievable; I discussed it with my doctor friends who are neuro-physicians. Yes, I cured myself from Epilepsy. I was not diagnosed with Epilepsy at birth. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy caused by my hectic and unhealthy lifestyle, and by my ad hoc travels. I developed it in my early 20s and the medication prescribed to me by my neuro-physician did not really suit me. I was told that there are 3 medical treatments available to cure Epilepsy and I tried the first one, which was a bit of a risk. I then decided to live with Epilepsy for the rest of my life. In the period from my 20s to 40 years of age, I have had Epilepsy attacks off and on, and I could only control them.
I was nearing my 40s and I was 106 kgs – I had to reduce my weight. So I started a healthy diet and started running. Within the span of a year, I released that I did not have any symptoms of Epilepsy.
Today, it has been 4 years since I first started running and so far, I have not witnessed any Epilepsy-like symptoms. It’s either a miracle, or it is the running! I think it is the latter!
I personally believe that running is the best and the cheapest form of high intensity workout and a good stress buster which anyone can adopt easily.
For me, running is a mediation. The quiet moments of togetherness with your own self.
Running has amazing health benefits. Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to improve your overall level of health fitness levels, immunity, to prevent diseases, and more.
Especially for women, running can bring on miracles! Regular running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer, to lose weight, to boost your confidence, to relieve stress, to eliminate depression, and to reduce anxiety.
It goes further than just the benefits of weight loss, too. Running bolsters your cartilage by increasing oxygen flow and flushing out toxins, and by strengthening the ligaments around your joints. It improves your bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis and reduces negative energy. There are many, many more benefits.
Early morning running has added advantages – the more you sweat in the morning, the more healthy your brain would be. Long story short – when you work out in the morning and you sweat, it releases BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which repairs brain cells affected by stress. In simple terms, running has the ability to cure and prevent neurological diseases.
Run in all weather conditions, it increases your immunity; running in the monsoons has great advantages as rainwater has the highest amount of Vitamin B12.
Run at all ages. Age is just a number. In my four years of running experience, I have seen runners from all age groups – from 7 to 73 years – and they can run and can stay fit and inspire everyone around.
So, coming back to the benefits, running can give back unbelievable and unimaginable advantages.
Some believe that running can damage the knees. But this is just a myth. When you take up any sports and if you don’t follow the basic rules and don’t understand your own self or go overboard, then it will surely be unsafe. It’s like driving a car on the highway without formal training or practice; or like cooking rice in a pressure cooker without following basic instructions.
Here are the ABC for first-time runners:
A. Everyone can run, as long as you can walk – I believe you can run; it does not matter how slow you run, as long as you are moving ahead.
B. Don’t get paranoid about someone who is running faster than you. In all practical terms, you can run at the speed you can walk at. And, you can still complete your run and decided distance.
C. You can start your run with mild stretching of the legs and lower body. Get on the road, walk for a minute to warm up. Walk to one (light) pole and run (slow jog) to another pole. Continue this for 30 to 45 minutes for a week. After that, run 2 or 3 poles and then walk a pole. Soon, you will be able to gear up for your first 5 kms, then, gradually, run your first 10 kms and then, run 21 kms. And then, the sky is the limit!
Happy running and see you soon at the finish line!
Father, Son, Husband, Passionate Roadrunner and Fan of Wearables and Innovations