Local Andover resident Siobhan Booth, has this week set up an online group on social media to “help people who feel unsafe running alone, find a buddy or buddies to run with.“
Siobhan, a local hypnotherapist at YMYB, is a keen runner who through lockdown ran the virtual London marathon raising over £1100 for Andover RDA, who use horses and ponies to provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to the riders.
Whilst Siobhan enjoys running she said that she finds herself putting off going out on her own when its dark and felt that this was something that needed to change. Reaching out on social media she said “With all the news recently relating to the Sarah Everard case it seems that there are a huge number of people who don’t feel safe in public areas.”
33 year old, Sarah Everard went missing just after 9.30pm last Wednesday and is now the subject of a murder investigation. This tragic story has sparked, woman across the country collectively speaking out about they feel and experiences they have encountered when out on their own. This hit home with Siobhan and she has launched the group called Andover Running Buddies for people who enjoy running outdoors but would love a buddy for safety, motivation and to meet new people.
According to New Health Advisor running is one of the best ways to keep fit, catch up with friends, or even enjoy the outdoors. Running for an hour can burn at least 400 calories or more. It is a form of cardio exercise that can be alternated with other exercise routines or done as the only form of workout. It all depends on your personal preference. Apart from burning calories and keeping your heart healthy, there are numerous other benefits running can bring you.
1. Keep You Healthy
Running is one of the best ways to boost your overall health. According to medical research, you can increase on your good cholesterol levels by running every day. It is also a great way to improve on lung function. You get to boost your immune system and also lower the risk of developing blood clots.
2. Aid in Weight Loss
If you are looking to lose a few pounds, you should take up running. Actually, running is the second best exercise for burning calories, only second to cross country hiking.
3. Develop Your Core
When you run, you not only get the chance to develop your six-pack abs, but also strengthen your core muscles. These include the erector spinae, oblique as well as the transverse abdominis. These are the muscles responsible for sucking in the gut, giving the spine stability and making it possible for you to swing your legs and arms.
4. Boost Confidence
Most people look only at the physical benefits of running. However, this form of exercise is also good for your emotional needs and psychological ones too. When you take up running as an exercise, you will notice positive changes in how you look physically with time. This boosts your self-esteem and confidence, which makes you happier and more determined to push yourself further.
5. Fight Depression
One of the telltale signs of being depressed is only wanting to sit in and sleep. If you feel that you are falling into depression, one easy way you can prevent it from worsening is by taking up running. Running allows the brain to secrete hormones that work to improve your moods. This ultimately helps to eliminate the feelings of depression.
6. Reduce Bone and Muscle Wasting
Muscle and bone wasting can occur if you do not exercise. Running is one of the best ways to keep your bones and muscles in tip-top shape. Running works on most bones and all the muscles in the body at the same time. This strengthens your joints and keeps mobility complications at bay.
7. Increase Human Growth Hormones Levels
Doctors emphasize on the importance of jogging or running for adults. This is mainly because you create a good environment in your body for growth hormones to develop. Human growth hormones help with cell regeneration and with growth and maintenance of healthy human tissue.
8. Maintain Proper High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension can be controlled by simply taking up running. When you run, you help the body to control various factors that can cause blood pressure rise.
9. Help to Get Killer Legs
One of the benefits of running is that you will have stronger and better looking legs. Your legs carry your body’s strongest muscles. When you run, you benefit all these important muscles. You get to work on your inner thigh as well as your outer thigh, quads, calves and your hamstrings. With time, you will see the changes in your leg physique.
10. Meet Amazing People
When you start running, you will develop a relationship with other runners. The runners’ community mostly has very supportive individuals. You can join Siobhan’s Andover Running Buddies group for moral support.
11. It Is a Form of Meditation
Running is a perfect time to spend time alone and get to reflect on your life. When you take a run, you get to refresh your mind. This helps you to focus better on projects and problems. It is recommended to take a running break if you are working on a stressful project. This alone time gives you space to strategize while at the same time work out.
12. Fit Right into Your Schedule
For you to be able to run, all you need is your running gear. Unlike most exercises, you do not need special equipment or dedicate time to do it. If you have a tight schedule, you can choose to run to the office or back home after work. This ensures you do your exercise during your tight schedule.
13. It Is Easy
Unlike most workouts such as yoga or Zumba, running doesn’t require you to practice a routine. If you can walk, you can definitely run. While you might need to start slow to avoid overwhelming yourself, you only need to up and go. Once you start, your body will pick up the pace slowly.
14. It Is Economical
Most exercises will require you to invest in special equipment. One benefit of running is that you do not need to invest in machines to be able to run. If you are working on a budget, simply get your running shoes and exercise gear and you’ll be ready to go.
15. Get Better Sleep
When looking at the benefits of running, you need to learn about the positive effects it has on sleep patterns. When you run, you help the body to adapt to routines. This makes it easy for you to establish a working sleeping routine ensuring you do not get insomnia. This in turn means you have productive days since you manage to get enough rest at night.
16. Fight Certain diseases
Running as an exercise has been found to be one of the most effective ways of lowering the risks of breast cancer. Besides, it greatly lowers the risk of stroke and is recommended to patients in the early stages of diabetes as well as osteoporosis. Running helps with the elasticity of the arteries, which greatly reduces the risk of a heart attack.
If you would like to join for running chat and buddies then you can join here