Running is an enjoyable form of exercise that can help with cardiovascular health and general well being. Beginners often initiate a program because it is a low cost form of exercise that can be performed outdoors or on a treadmill. More advanced runners often compete in 5k’s, half marathons, and marathons which requires more intense training.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets chilly, staying in shape can become more of a challenge. Fewer hours of sunlight means we are more likely to stay indoors rather than take that brisk walk that we may have enjoyed during the summer months. The colder weather also slows our metabolism which also can cause weight gain if we don’t stay active.
Warm weather is on its way across the country — really, it is, I promise— and so are spring marathons, meaning that many people soon will begin a new or augmented running program. Many also will wind up sidelined by injury. But a new study suggests that being light on your feet could keep most runners healthy.