49 Reasons To Love Running: Reasons 41 – 49

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41. YOU’RE IN CONTROL
Whatever the pressures of your job or personal life, you have the ultimate say in how much or little running you do. Squeeze in a pre-dawn blast, a lunchtime refresher or an evening stress-buster or none of the above. It’s your call.

42. HELP BABY
Follow marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe’s lead, say researchers at Michigan University in the US, who found that mums-to-be who regularly exercise during pregnancy have an easier, less complicated labour, a quicker recovery and better overall mood throughout the nine months.

43. EXCUSE FOR A MASSAGE
Post-race, nothing quite beats the indulgence of a massage and the relaxed, floaty feeling as you walk back to real life.

44. GUILT-FREE SNACKING
Upping your salt intake is seldom a doctor’s advice, but in the last few days before a marathon that’s exactly what you should do giving you the perfect excuse to munch on chips. The salt in them helps protect against hyponatraemia, a condition caused by drinking too much water without enough sodium that can lead to disorientation, illness and in rare cases, death.

45. YOUR PERSONAL THERAPIST
There’s no greater escape from the pressures and stresses of modern life than slipping on your trainers and just getting out there. It’s just you and the road time to organise your life, think things through and invariably finish in a better place than when you set off .

46.TAKE A JOURNEY
You never know what you’ll find. You don’t know who you’ll bump into or what you’ll see. Even more interesting, who knows what thoughts might flash into your mind. Today’s run could change your life in a way that you could never have imagined when you laced up your shoes.

47.IT’S CHEAP
All you need are shoes, shorts and a shirt.

48. SOCIALISE THIS
You can easily run and chat at the same time. Running is an extremely sociable sport that allows you to spend time with friends and catch up while exercising.

49. IRON OUT THE CREASES
Regular running can reduce the signs of ageing. “Increased circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively, while flushing harmful toxins out,” explains Dr Christopher Rowland Payne (www.thelondonclinic.co.uk). “Exercise creates the ideal environment within the body to optimise collagen production, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles,” adds Payne.

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