As I was reflecting on my sophomore cross country season that just ended, I realized how much stronger and healthier the sport made me. Last year, too. Here’s a few ways that cross country makes people healthier, that I thought of: (Yes, you should try cross country/distance running out, too!)
- Improves endurance.
- Improves speed.
- Improves coordination-> stronger and more stable ankles->less injuries (lots of uneven ground and turns.)
- Sculpted, stronger legs-> conditioning for other sports.
- Social time with friends and lots of laughter->extends lifetime, improves happiness, reduces stress.
- Stronger, more efficient heart->improved cardiovascular system-> lower risk of heart problems->longer lifetime.
- Burns calories->weight management/loss.
- Produces endorphins->less stress, more happiness and productivity.
- Requires you to set goals and go after them->translates to other areas of life: school, work, hobbies, etc.
- You race the same distance again and again->personal records->more self-confidence.
- Better sleep.
Cross country and distance running also have all the health benefits of exercise in general, obviously. That list goes on and on….
Get out there and run! Your body, mind and soul will thank you!