Reasons to start running

Miss Mevi gives you a list of 10 reasons to start running.Hello everyone!

Monday is a great day to start with new habits. If you are looking a healthy lifestyle, running is the easiest way to start with it. Here’s a list of reasons why you should start running.

1. Running improves your health
One of the biggest benefits of running is that it’s good for your health. Running is an excellent way to strengthen the heart and ensure the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, which helps decrease your risk of a heart attack. Exercise, combined with maintaining a healthy weight, is one of the best ways to naturally reduce your blood pressure if it’s above normal. If you have high cholesterol, running can also help keep it in check. Running also improves your immune system, so your body functions are more effective and efficient at fighting off germs. Running and other weight-bearing exercises increase bone density, which can fend off osteoporosis.

2. You can lose weight
Many people start running to lose some extra pounds. As one of the most vigorous exercises out there, running is an extremely efficient way to burn calories and lose weight. If you’re already at a healthy weight, running can help you maintain it. Just make sure you don’t think running gives you a license to eat anything you want. The basic rule of weight loss — that you must burn (through life functions and exercise) more calories than you take in — still applies to runners.

3. You can run for a cause
Running can also be used as a way to contribute to society as a whole. Many races benefit charities, and some charities offer race training in exchange for fund-raising. Running for something that’s bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training and can make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.

4. You can meet new people through running
Some runners enjoy the quiet and solitude of running on their own, but others see running time as social opportunities. Finding a running buddy or running with a group is a great way to develop a sense of community. You can set goals and accomplish them together. In addition, having a regular running buddy or running group is a great way to stay motivated to run. Some runners also share advice and motivation with other runners in online forums, such as this site’s forum . You can meet other people who share your obsession with running, celebrate your triumphs and help you overcome your obstacles.

5. You can experience something new and different
Running is a great way to expand your horizons and break away from the daily grind. The sport gives people the opportunity to explore areas of their own community or new locations, experience new physical sensations and run places they may not normally see.

6. You can train for a specific goal
Some people hate to exercise just for the sake of exercising, but with running, though, you can train for races, from 5Ks to marathons and beyond. Training for a race gives you a specific goal to work toward, which can definitely help improve your motivation to run.

7. Running improves your energy levels
When you’re feeling sluggish or tired, running is a great way to boost your energy. Runners who run in the morning report that they have improved energy levels during the day. Combining running with a healthful diet will help improve your energy levels even more.

8. Running will help you feel good about yourself
Regular runners report an increase in their confidence and self-esteem, and the self-esteem benefits of running are increased if you set a specific goal, such as running a 5K or even a marathon, and accomplish it.

9. Running is versatile and inexpensive
Running requires very little equipment, and it can be done almost anywhere. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, and you can head out your door to go for a run. From city sidewalks to wooded trails, there are plenty of places for runners to explore — at no cost. If you travel a lot, it’s easy to pack your running shoes and run while you’re on the road.

10. Running can help with stress relief
Running — as with many forms of exercise — is a great cure for stress, emotional strain and even mild depression. Research has shown that healthy adults who exercise regularly are generally happier than those who don’t.

Have you decided already to start running? I really hope so!

Enjoy your week!

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Benefits of running in the night

Miss Mevi invites you to run afterdarkHello everyone! As you all might already know, I love a lot my family and spending time with them, then I love eating healthy and specially avocado dishes, and after that I love my work. But of course, I love working out, I practice yoga and running. Running is a simple and flexible form of exercise that requires little in the way of special equipment or facilities. In comparison to running, jogging is gentler on your knees, hips and ankles. You can lose weight practicing any of them.

Running late at night has certain distinct benefits from running in the evening. In terms of scheduling, running late at night allows you unrestricted time between the end of a typical work day and your bedtime.

Jogging for weight loss works best when worked into your daily routine at a consistent time, and you may have more availability to jog at night than in the mornings before the day’s commitments.

In hot climates, night-time temperatures are more favorable for jogging, and you will avoid the risks of sunburn or heatstroke associated with running during daylight.

While running in the night you won’t be thinking about the daily activities waiting for you at work, so you might feel much more relaxed.

Besides, you will burn out all the energy gathered from all your daily meals. Burning out all that energy will help you to sleep better and deeply, so say good bye to insomnia!

Runners training at night should also adhere to other common sense guidelines:

  • Run against traffic. It’s easier to avoid traffic if you can see it and they can see you.
  • Wear light colors at night. White running attire is the easiest to see at night, but orange and yellow are also appropriate. Black, brown, dark blue or green are not recommended.
  • Run behind vehicles at intersections. Even if a car or truck has stopped at a stop sign, there’s no guarantee the driver has seen you.
  • Don’t wear headphones. Wearing headphones diminishes a runner’s ability to hear a car horn, a voice or a potential attacker.
  • Wear a billed cap and clear glasses. The bill of a cap will hit an unseen tree branch or another obstacle before the obstacle hits your head. Clear glasses will protect your eyes from bugs and other unseen obstacles.
  • Vary your routes. A potential attacker can watch for runners’ patterns and loom in a particularly dark or isolated area.
  • Run with a partner. There’s strength in numbers. If you don’t know runners who enjoy working out at night, you have one more excuse to meet new friends!
  • Try to make eye contact and acknowledge a driver. The interaction, however brief, could save your life.

Please be safe while practicing any exercise. I hope you enjoy running afterdark, if you do tell me how do you like it!

Until the next time!

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Original Source: LiveStrong.com

Best food for runners.

Miss Mevi best food for runnersHello everyone!

As a runner you probably see food as a source of fuel, vitamins and minerals that energizes your body. Therefore, you’d probably be interested in finding super foods to boost your performance and overall health. Although no food is powerful enough to shave minutes off your 5K time or repair your muscles in half the time, some foods, are nutrient-dense and thus a good inclusion in a runner’s diet.

Blueberries
Blueberries have among the highest concentration of antioxidants per ounce of any other fruit or vegetable. Antioxidants reduce free radicals, which your body is constantly producing through its metabolic processes. Intense exercise such as running increases metabolic rate, which temporarily increases free radical production as well. Excessive free radical production without sufficient antioxidants to counteract them may be linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries are also a good source of manganese, a mineral involved in converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy. Add blueberries to cereal, yogurt or smoothies, or eat them by themselves.

Quinoa
This whole grain, similar to couscous in appearance, is rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin and antioxidants. Quinoa is one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This combination of carbohydrates and protein makes quinoa an optimal post-run recovery food, as the carbohydrates replenish muscle glycogen and the protein provides amino acids for muscle repair. Since quinoa has a relatively neutral, slightly nutty flavor, you can use it in place of rice in many dishes.

Cold-Water Fish
Cold-water fish such as wild salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines are another good source of complete protein to aid post-run muscle recovery. Additionally, the essential omega-3 fatty acids in these fish may lower levels of prostaglandin, naturally occurring hormone-like substances that increase whole-body inflammation. This may be useful if you have sore or inflamed joints and muscles caused by running. However, some varieties of fish, such as farmed salmon and king mackerel, are high in methyl-mercury, which can be harmful when consumed in excess. Therefore, opt for low-mercury fish as much as possible and avoid high-mercury fish altogether if you are pregnant or nursing.

Avocados
Did you doubt it? As a runner, you may shy away from fats in favor of carbohydrates. However, avocados are worth adding to your diet since they provide healthy monounsaturated fats, along with runner-friendly nutrients such as potassium and vitamin E. Monounsaturated fats are necessary for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and they help provide lasting feelings of fullness, which may help you control your weight. Potassium is an essential electrolyte and plays an important role in your running since it aids in regulating heart and muscle contraction. Furthermore, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and sequesters the free radicals produced by running. Add sliced avocados to your sandwiches, salads or omelets to add flavor and healthy fat.

Make sure you add some of these ingredients in every meal.

Until the next one!

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Original source: sfgate.com