Running For Kids

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 21, 2012

Running is something that comes naturally to humans. In fact, research shows that the body is much more stable and aligned when running, as opposed to walking. Not only is running great exercise, but it also has great therapeutic value. The great thing about running is that everybody can run, irrespective of their age, fitness level, or ambition.


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Running For Health

Running has plenty of health benefits. Running is an aerobic exercise that works your whole body, and is great for your lungs and heart. Research has shown that it cuts down the chances of many diseases, from influenza to cancer.

You don't even have to go running for an hour every day to see the benefits. Running increases bone density and has also been shown to lower the chances of a heart attack. Fat loss, endurance, and strength gain are merely the physical benefits-running also cuts stress and depression. It can even be a sort of meditation and runners often talk about a 'runner's high' that running gives them.

Running For Kids

Running with kids can be great exercise for kids, and can also be a great way for families to bond. In a day and age where children are getting more sedentary, and prefer to lay sprawled in front of a video game, getting kids interested in running can do great things for the rest of their lives.

Remember, though, not to force your kids into running. Let them, instead, see the joy in it for themselves. Use positive conditioning, and don't set difficult targets for them. Kids naturally have good form, so try not to change it too much. There are many races and events just for kids or for families, so if your kids enjoy it, let them race. Don't make it about ctompetition, though; remember that they're running for fun.

Running Form Tips

If you run regularly for long periods, bad form can cause injuries. Running isn't just about the legs; it's your whole body. Most importantly, don't land on your heel. Instead, land mid-foot. Keep your shoulders open, and chest slightly back. Your torso should be relaxed, and your arms should swing front and back (not in front of your chest). If you're taking up running as a sport, consider getting a coach, or even watching professional runners in action. Remember to consult a doctor or a sports specialist if you haven't exercised in a while.

Anybody Can Run!

Don't run to compete. Run at your own pace, and you'll slowly see your strength and stamina improve. Try not to let your ego get in the way, and don't try to keep up with someone else. People all over the world run for different reasons: health, relaxation, competition, cross training or even running for a cause.

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