Allow me to lighten the mood. If you continue reading, you will become 15% more attractive, 30% happier, live five years longer, and you will be admitted into Hogwarts.* True story.
Unlike running, I've always loved biking. I bike to work everyday there's not ice on the streets, I zip around Minneapolis to run errands and meet up with my homies, and I used to take a 20-mile loop around the city every weekend just for fun. I still would, except I found something better.
What? No, sorry, let me file that back into the category of sports I'll never actually consider sports.
I abhorred running as recently as one year ago. If you're not and have never been a runner, odds are you've also been scraped off the ground after running to catch the bus and missing it in a panting heap of failure. Truth was, I just never knew how to START running properly. Here are some tips on that front, all of which I'm shamelessly stealing from my life coach Shelley:
- Read Born to Run. Be inspired by Scott Jurek, Minnesota vegan distance runner extraordinaire.
- Start slowly - like, really. Run around the block.
- Increase slowly. Run around 2 blocks, or just do a 50% increase.
- Run every other day rather than every day. This, along with the previous two items, will save you from injuring yourself.
- Don't ever run on a full stomach (you don't want to be like Michael from The Office, barfing up pasta on the sidewalk).
- 1c homemade granola with 1/2c amaranth and unsweetened almond milk
- 8 oz OJ
- Black chai tea with unsweetened almond milk
- Luna Bar
- A freaking enormous honeycrisp
- 1/2 package Power Snack bites
- 1 serving homemade Indian curry with brown rice
- 1/3 bar of chocolate
- Massive orange dreamsicle smoothie
This evening I plan on eating:
- More granola with unsweetened almond milk
- Miso soup
- Epic garden roll
- Herbal detox tea with unsweetened almond milk
- Your mom
Just kidding, she's not vegan.
Why tell you all this? Wull, 'cause when you exercise the benefits never end! Seriously, LOOK at all that food! How many calories is that? I don't even know, like a billion! I cannot go 90 minutes without eating unless I'm unconscious. I'm not joking. Ask my co-workers.
Exercise gives you weight loss, a higher metabolism, more energy, increased strength, more endurance, and yes, your butt WILL look utterly fantastic in those pants. Confidence. Being comfortable in your own skin. Not feeling like you have to suck in your gut all the time. Knowing your body is functioning at peak efficiency and your risk of illness is laughably low. Once you get going, you're like, "Oh my god, I can't even believe I used to put up with feeling so crappy all the time."
There's something so amazing about doing exactly what humans are designed to do out there on the trails alongside all the animals and plants who are just doing their own thing, too. Maybe you already exercise. Running is the pinnacle. It took me a long time to realize this. But now I LIVE for running.
And also for granola.
* No promises on what house you'll get sorted into. I don't eat dairy. I'M A HUFFLEPUFF!