Why Do People Run ?

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Why are so many people drawn to running ? Why is running the most common physical activity ?

Running gives one the chance to discover, challenge, and bring out the best in yourself by impacting your creativity, focus, imagination, confidence and health. You not only become a better runner, but more importantly a more creative, productive and imaginative person.

“It is one of the only things in life I have found to be truly fair” – Anonymous.

Why do we run ? it depends on whom you ask.

If you were to ask someone who doesn’t run, why we run, he might say, “You’re crazy. You shouldn’t run. It’s bad for your knees”.

If you were to ask an overweight person why we run, he might say we run because it is the best way to burn calories and lose weight. And he’d be right. Running indeed burns more calories than any other physical activity. So if you want to lose weight quickly and keep it off, it pays to be a runner.

But if you were to ask me why I run, as I am often asked, I might say that sound like a simple question, but it’s actually not so simple to answer. I could say I run because it makes me fit. Or I could say I like the challenge of it. But none of them is the right one. The truth is I’ve been running for so long that I don’t question why I do it. I just do it. It is my companion, my best friend who is there every day for me to talk too, to lean on, to gain strength from.

It is impossible to fathom the innumerable factors that can and do motivate a person to run. There is never a single motive that can be isolated as exclusively responsible. We run for a beautiful variety and complexity of reasons, limited only by our ability to understand them.

And we run because we can.

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