You must have experienced the thumping of your heart, increased breathing, and an adrenaline rush that makes you feel alive when you are out for a run, jog, or even brisk walk.
These activities have been proven to not only keep your body fit and healthy but also affect the brain with the release of endorphins - the feel-good chemicals that counteract physical discomfort your body experiences due to a strenuous activity. These endorphins are natural anti-depressants and keep you away from the blues.
Recently, with enhanced awareness towards wellness, there has been an increase in activities such as walkathons, marathons, cyclothons and yoga camps being organised on a large scale. In India alone, more than 190 marathon runs are to be organised between July 26, 2016 and March 26, 2017.
Marathon organisers focus on creating a health buzz and raising awareness in the society through NGOs, sponsors and media. Thus, as mass events like these attract thousands of professionals and amateurs, the proceeds from the participation and charity, which are often in crores depending on the scale, are used for social causes.
Busting Common Running Myths
Myth #1: Stretch before you start
Static stretching, that is holding a stretch for some time, is not always the ideal way to start a run. It could make your muscles sore and taut, especially if you have had no recent physical activity.