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A runner running.
Looking for running motivation? Look no further.

Here are five reasons why now is the perfect time to start running.

1. Look Great!

This reason is obvious but important to talk about. No matter how in shape you are, most of us would want a better body.

The great part about running is that it is one of the most effective fat-torching activities you could do! There’s also no need for any equipment other than a good, supportive pair of running shoes.

It also tightens up your muscles, making them stronger while taking up less space.

2. Healthy Body

With running, the benefits go deeper than on the surface. In fact, the greatest perks are on the inside—especially for your heart and joints.

Heart disease is one of the top causes of death in America, and running can reduce this risk by up to 50 percent. Also, chance of death declines by 30 percent across the board. These benefits can appear from as little as 5-10 minutes a day of running, half the required time for walking.

Your joints will also improve, growing stronger and more durable the more you run. As long as you progress safely, slow and steady progress is all you need.

3. Mental Health

Physical benefits are great and all, but it doesn’t stop there! Running can be an incredible boost to your mental health. Having a bad day? What about if it’s something deeper you’re dealing with, like anxiety or depression? Studies have shown that aerobic exercises like running can crush feelings of depression or anxiety, even after a single day.

4. Positive Getaway from Life

Let’s face it, we all need a de-stressor sometimes. And there is nothing like lacing up your running shoes after a particularly difficult event and just let the run take you away for a time.

During this time your thoughts will flow toward a more Zen state. This, combined with a rush of endorphins and immense feelings of accomplishment, will no doubt make your days much better.

5. Transformative Growth

Still not convinced? Well, this is not about improving just running. When you begin this journey with full commitment, your whole life will begin to change in ways you could never imagine. After conquering running, other areas of your life will be much easier to deal with, like work and family.

Even though it takes a lot of energy to do this, you’ll have far more energy to put toward anything you want. Not only that, you’ll have a clear mind, resilient body and a steadfast spirit. The beauty of running is you can choose your path.

Do you want to be the next 70-year-old to run a marathon in under 3 hours? How about qualifying for the Boston Marathon? Or maybe it’s just about keeping that stubborn belly fat off?

Whatever your goals, run to them and your life will never be the same again.