A few days back, I wrote about my passion for yoga. But that’s not the only exercise I do: I also really like running. Especially in summer – honestly, it’s much easier for me to get into a good running routine when it’s warm and light out. So that’s what I am doing right now and has done since the early days of spring. And I really enjoy it. Of course, I run to stay healthy and happy (that dopamine kick). But at the same time, I also feel that with my running routine, I am running towards financial independence and a sustainable life.
So what do I mean by that?
Running is very budget- and planet-friendly
Running truly supports my goals of achieving financial independence and a sustainable life, because it requires hardly any equipment. Here’s the 100% exhaustive list of the equipment I need:
- Running shoes
- Clothes that I can exercise in
That’s not a whole lot. And that means that (1) I don’t have to spend a lot of money on my running practice and (2) the environmental and social impact of my equipment is relatively low. Especially since I only have a few items of clothing and not a whole collection. I only have what I need (well, maybe a bit more – I have a mom that loves buying me running socks and leggings. What can you do).
Running is also great because I can do it anywhere. I don’t have to go to the gym. I can run whenever and wherever I want and pay the excellent price of 0 euros. And, I can even have my own (semi-)personal coach through the Nike Run Club app, which I actually really enjoy on the days where I don’t feel motivated. Or on the days where I just need to listen to their surprisingly sweet soundtracks. And I know there are a bunch of other free apps out there.
Running boosts my physical and mental health
Now, sustainability is also about health and wellbeing. I know running is good for me because it gets my heart rate up. Cardio, check. I can also feel and see that my legs gradually become stronger and stronger. And – (almost) most importantly – running makes me feel great. Not necessarily while I run – sometimes, I’m just not up for it. But I do it anyway, because I always, always, get a rush of excitement, happiness and a sense of being totally at ease after a run.
Running is also a great way for me to clear my mind. I actually really enjoy using a short run as a way to make the mental and physical shift from work time to free time. And on some days, my creative juices just start flowing as I run. This is often where I think about the solutions to a problem or about some creative or other endeavour I want to undertake.
I also use running as frustration management – seriously! A few months ago, I was having one of those weeks where I just felt useless. Nothing had been achieved, I was feeling stressed and I felt like I had no control over my own time. But then I went for a run. I did NOT want to, but I did it. I had to do something within my control! And it was awesome. I mean it. I felt 100 times better when I came home. My husband could clearly feel the difference too 🙊.
To put it into one short sentence: Running is a great way for me to take care of my physical and my mental health and to boost excitement and creativity in my life.
How do you stay healthy and happy?
As you can see, there are so many reasons why I enjoy running. What about you? How do you look after your present and future self – and perhaps your finances and the planet too?
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