June 1 is Global Running Day! A reminder of what we were designed and programmed to do as kids and maybe our bodies have forgotten. June 1 is a day to get out and remind your body it can run…maybe 10 seconds, maybe 10 minutes.
Running may not be what everyone loves to do, but preserving the ability to run if needed is a clear indicator of health and function for life. So this June 1st, get out and support great health! Get clean air, water and food into your cells to prevent illness and disease.
This year, the focal point of Global Running Day is the first-ever Million Kid Run which aims to have a million kids from around the world pledge to run on June 1. It’s about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace physical activity and running as a way to get healthy and fit.
Teach North America’s children that movement is a bigger part of their life than sitting, computers and sedentary lifestyles.
But, you don’t have to be a kid to participate on Global Running Day. It’s for everyone, young and old, newbie or experienced.
The fact that anyone can start with where they are and become a “runner” for health benefits is a great reason to start running on Global Running Day! However, before you head out to run, we have these three tips to enjoy your run and avoid injury:
1 – Make sure you have good shoes (your only necessary piece of equipment). Your running shoes have to fit you and feel good on your feet. Visit your local running or sports store to try out different pairs of shoes and ask for assistance.
2 – Start with walking or run/walk combinations. You’ll be able to run longer, feel stronger and stay injury free if you start with run/walk combination like one minute of running for every four minutes of walking. You can gradually increase your running time so that eventually you will be running for twice the amount of time you spend walking.
3 – Don’t over think it! Relax and enjoy the surroundings, run like when you were a kid! It will come back to you!
Participating in Global Running Day is as simple as making a pledge to be a part of the running community on June 1 by visiting: www.GlobalRunningDay.org. You will add your name to the list of runners from all over the world who have pledged to come together to celebrate health and fitness through running!
Hope to see you out there!