14 Reasons Running is Going to Be Your New Favorite Sport

You’ll have better sex and you can eat as much as you want. 

Living a conscious lifestyle also means living an active lifestyle, and today we’re celebrating National Running Day.

Running often gets a bad name, so if you’re already thinking to yourself, “but I just hate running,” keep reading. There’s no reason to hate a sport that lets you get outside, move your body, meet new people and travel to cool places. Embrace the fact that your body is capable of some pretty amazing things and put it to use. Now.

If there was ever a time to lace up your shoes, grab a friend and hit the trail, it’s today. Need a little inspiration? Here are 14 reasons running is even more amazing than you thought it was, and if you get all the way through them, you’ll see that we’re even giving you a chance to win some new running gear. Lace up.

1. You can rave about how you’re living a low impact lifestyle

No gym membership needed, just yourself, your running clothes and your shoes. It doesn’t get much greener than that.

2. You can feel good about being a foodie

When you’re running regularly, you need to refuel, which means you get to indulge in the most delicious of high protein, high energy dishes. Start the day with a kale, ginger smoothie and baked egg in avocado, pop a few almond, fig energy bites post workout and end the day with a bowl of vegan alfredo. Yes, please.

3. You will save money on therapy and life coaches

Best debrief time? In the middle of a run. Some of the best life analysis comes along when you’re in the middle of breathing fresh air with a clear head.

4. You can get away from your computer and go outside

Instead of sticking to the gym, why not take the time to get outside and enjoy the spring weather and fresh air? Find a trail and get on it.

5. It’s a cheap way to socialize

Skip that post-work session of cocktails and catch up over intervals.

6. You can start citing inspirational quotes

Keep a few on hand so when someone is complaining about how mediocre they have been feeling late you can retort with health-related quotes like:

  • To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha
  • The greatest wealth is health. -Virgil
  • Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. -Joseph Addison

7. You can listen to music that’s so bad it’s good

No one is going to judge your mixtape of 80s aerobic music and dubstep remixes when you’re working out, so make a fun playlist or try one of ours.

8. You will be less stressed than your friends

In a study at the University of Georgia Department of Exercise, researchers showed that an hour of exercise was three times more effective at reducing anxiety than resting. So stop counting to ten and put on your running shoes, because you’re about to be on the path to full-on, blissed out zen.

9. There’s this thing called “Runner’s High”

It feels good, is scientifically proven and is perfectly legal.

10. You can start making excuses for travel

Catch the running bug and you’ll find yourself researching running events around the country. And with running series like Color Run and travel companies like Running Away, which specializes in trips for runners, you’ll soon have a packed running calendar that just might take you all the way around the world.

11. You’ll look better online

Muddy shoe photos on Instagram? So hot right now.

12. You can change the world

Or at least support and organization that is changing the world. There are plenty of charity running events out there, find one and go.

13. You’ll have better sex

There is plenty of scientific research to back this up, but who needs it? You know perfectly well that when you’re feeling good about yourself and your body, the rest comes naturally.

14. Running tights feel simply amazing

You can finally stop feeling guilty about wearing those workout clothes in public, because this time around, you actually did just finish up a run. If you have never felt the super power of running tights, it’s time to start. And wasn’t it about time you looked good in spandex? We say yes.


In celebration of National Running Day, we’re giving away a running outfit from Moving Comfort, complete with two of their sleekest sustainable items: a pair of Momentum Shorts made with 86% recycled polyester and the Juno Bra, whose cups are made with SCafe, a fabric that uses recycled coffee grounds to move moisture.

To enter to win, tell us your favorite reason to run! Comments must be posted by June 12, 2012 11pm PST to be entered.

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Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.