Healthy Living: Running / Jogging

We all know that having a healthy lifestlye can provide a lot of benefits. You feel better and better about yourself, are less prone to sickness, and a healthy lifestyle will actually save you money. The healthier you are, the less you cost to insure and a lot of employers are now offering incentives to their employees if they meet certain requirements.

It is a lot easier to eat fast food and come home and turn on the t.v. for a few hours after a stressful workday. I personally was very active in highschool and college but now find it a real challenge to force myself to get out exercise in the evenings.

However, I know that as I try to take the right steps on the road to financial freedom, I realize that your maintaining your physical health is just as important as building your financial health.

So with that, I thought I’d take a couple minutes today to blog about one thing I’m trying to do on a regular basis in order to stay healthy.

The title of this post tells you what that is, running / jogging. This is one of the best exercises that you can do and it doesn’t require much time or a costly gym membership. If you can just get yourself out of the house and moving around the neighborhood for as little as 15 minutes a day and as little as 3 times a week, you will see a big difference in how you feel and how your results look on the annual health screenings that so many employers are doing today.

I was a cross-country and track runner in high school and also ran during college but suddenly stopped when I hit the real world and the 9-5 days that come with it. I wouldn’t say that my health has deteriorated any (I’m still relatively young @ 27 and in decent shape) but I’ve noticed things that used to fairly easy physically for me (going on a morning hike for example) now wear me out. If I continued to come home and do nothing while sitting on my butt for 8 hours a day at work, I think it is only reasonable to think that these things I enjoy doing would continue to become more challenging and draining.

So I made a promise to myself this year to try and start doing something beneficial. For several months now I’ve been running in the mornings or evenings a few times a week. Nothing too far and definately not that fast but the point is I’m doing something. We have our annual health physicals at my company coming up in the next few months so I’m hoping to see an improvement from last year.

In summary, taking a few minutes out of your day to work on ways to maintain/improve your health is just as important as the time you are spending working on steps that will put you the right track to reaching financial freedom. As this blog continues to grow, I’ll post various Healthy Living tips from time to time that we can all use to live a healthier lifestyle.

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