As little as two decades ago, seeing a person running on the street most likely meant that there was a crime or some other emergency event happening nearby. This is no longer the case and today, it seems that running has become an indispensable part of life in most Western countries, in both suburban and metro areas. Most of the last US Presidents have been runners. Al Gore ran a marathon in 1997.
If you were to ask a runner for how long he or she plans to keep running, you would often hear them saying that they will be running for the rest of their lives. The reason for it is very simple. Running several times a week is one of the best ways to stay in great shape. Running can help you lose weight quicker and easier compared to other sports.
For running, you do not need to buy a lot of expensive equipment or spend a lot of time learning how to run because everyone knows how to run by default. All you need is a pair of sneakers and running clothes. Other health benefits of running include reducing the risks of heart disease and cancer, becoming more productive and keeping your weight under control. Being fit and productive means that your mind will remain sharp. You will be able to concentrate for longer periods of time and will handle stress better.
Some people run for reasons other than health benefits. Many of the younger runners get into the sport so that they could win races and potentially have a career in professional sports. Other people run because, for them, running is a form of stress relief and a way to unplug from the work and pressures of the daily life. Running is a great way to build friendships and relationships because when you run as a part of a group, you can fully devote yourself to learning more about the members of the group and helping them accomplish their goals.