If you’re not running, you’re basically doomed. Okay, maybe not doomed, but possibly heading down the misery path of no sex, no smarts, and no pulse. Everyone on the planet knows running is great for weight loss and really hot quads, but it’s becoming more and more clear that running has benefits that far exceed the superficial. In other words, if you want to have a more rewarding life, you should probably stop procrastinating and start lacing up those sneakers stat.
1. You’ll be helping the economy
Look, it takes a lot of work to invent those pace-recording watches, moisture-wicking clothes, heart rate-notifying ear buds, and cadence-enhancing socks. You get all the health and social benefits of being a runner, plus you quietly get to pat yourself on the back for fueling a gazillion-dollar industry that is creating jobs in our workforce.
2. You’ll turn down that 5th drink
Studies have shown that runners drink less alcohol. Why? It slows down their reflexes, dehydrates them, makes them vulnerable to cramps, and slows recovery time.
3. Your partner might thank you
There’s no easy way to say it. No one wants a partner who needs to pop a pill to get things going. And running is a great way to stave off those prescriptions. As Dr. Ben Michaelis, a prominent NYC-based clinical evolutionary psychologist who focuses on motivation, mental well being, and relationships says, “It’s not rocket science. Blood flow is blood flow is blood flow. And if you’ve gained weight, the heart has to work harder to get the blood to travel further.” And you know whose heart is not going to wait if you can’t perform? That person you got into bed with to begin with.
4. You won’t lose your temper
And that can be a good thing, whether at the office or at home. “I would say running gives you more time, even if it’s a quarter of a second more,” says Dr. Michaelis. “If you are someone who is prone to anger, running is not going to stop you from being angry. But what it will do, right before you’re about to lose it, you have that extra time to pull it back from the edge.” On the down side, sometimes it feels good to yell at a telemarketer.