No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.
As the weather begins to warm up and the sun peeks out from behind those winter clouds, parks are filling up with people enjoying a nice run. Jogging along, soaking in the spring weather and the chance to stretch their legs after a long winter inside, runners thrive once the season turns. But how do they do it? How do people actually enjoy moving their legs at unnatural speeds and sweating too much? Sure, we can talk about endorphins all we want, but it's still a stretch.
Then again, the idea of being "a runner" is pretty appealing. Don't you want to feel that rush pumping through your body and actually enjoy it?
Each week, we're bringing you the best resources and influencers to give you this health boost. Here's what we're following this week to help you get into running.
Let's get right to the point, shall we? Lisa Jhung lets us in on all the secrets for loving running, including advice from physical therapists, professional runners, coaches, and other people who we really ought to trust on this subject. With a little humor and a lot of help, you'll be hitting the track in no time.
Podcast: "Runners of NYC"
Hypothetical discussions of running are all fine and dandy, but sometimes it helps to hear someone else's "why" when it comes to a new hobby you're considering. Runners of NYC features different people involved in New York's running culture, from the pros to rookies who were recently in your shoes.
Instagram influencer: Roberta Stewart
In 2014, Roberta Stewart was out for a run and was hit by a car. She suffered PTSD, multiple bone fractures, and lost a small piece of her scalp. Today, she is still participating in the sport she loves. Roberta will not only encourage you to sign up for that race you're thinking about, but she'll inspire you to always get back up after you've been knocked down.
Twitter account: Janey
Running isn't always strictly exercise. It can also be an activity that brings people together for the greater good. Janey is an excellent example of this — she's an ambassador for 5k Your Way, a support group for this living with cancer, their families, friends, and healthcare professionals.
YouTuber: Caty Culp
Caty Culp is here to provide some tangible, helpful advice for your running journey, no matter what stage you're in. Even if you've been at it for a while, there's no harm in going back to the basics!
Playlist: Run 'N' Bass
Every runner knows that a good run is accompanied by a good playlist — people who run without music just can't be trusted. When you have the right BPM, your run will notice the difference!
You'll need something reliable for your phone and keys when you take off on this amazing run of yours and an armband is the easiest choice. Keep it simple and take off!
Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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