"I really should run more." I've said it, you've said it, we've ALL said it. I know there are many benefits of running—and that I feel ~gooood~ after doing it—but I often struggle to lace up my sneakers and get going.
“I think people have a love-hate relationship with running because it can be intimidating to start,” says Peloton tread instructor Jess Sims. “And to that I say, just start! Take some pressure off yourself.”
If even the thought of a 20-minute run feels daunting, start with just two minutes of running at a time with a minute of walking in between, Sims suggests.
Keep your pace easy enough that you could chat with a friend and slowly increase your running time and you'll enjoy every step before you know it. "Start with two times a week, and then move to three or four,” says Sims.
As you find your groove, rest assured that you'll reap major benefits regardless of whether you log miles outside or on the tread (though a little fresh air certainly never hurt anyone).
But just how great is this free, accessible form of exercise (all you need is a pair of sneakers and yourself, after all) for you, really? Let me count the ways. Here, experts break down 13 seriously impressive benefits of running that'll convince you to lace up, stat.