Some of us, maybe a lot of us, aren’t designed to be long-distance runners. Sure, you can train for almost anything and get better at it. But depending on body type, muscle fiber makeup and even personality differences, many people will never run farther than a mile or two at a time. So if you fall into the category of “non-endurance” runner, does this mean you shouldn’t even try to run? Is it worth it? Or can you still reap the benefits after a small run?
The answer is yes, especially if you aren’t preparing for a long-distance event, but rather running for exercise. You don’t have to run far at all to reap the benefits. Science shows that logging a total of six to seven miles a week (that’s a few two-mile sessions per week) leads to awesome rewards such as:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Stabilized blood sugar levels
- Weight management
- Improved mood
- Elevated cardiovascular fitness
- Lowered risk of chronic diseases
Need more reasons to go for a short run?
Greater balance and longevity: If you’re only running a few miles a week, you probably will have more time to work on other areas of your fitness. Far too many runners avoid cross-training, which can lead to injuries and muscular imbalances.
Freeing perspective: Sometimes we get too caught up in the numbers game, whether we lift weights, play sports or run throughout the week. When we learn to start enjoying the experience of being active rather than logging a certain number of miles per week, there’s a better chance of making lasting change and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.