It’s finally spring (well actually it feels like summer) in our part of the world and that brings us outdoors to start getting more active and involved with our neighbors. I started running with my friend Lori back in November. She has talked me into doing a 10k with her in May and while I persevere in my training I mostly feel like I have a piano on my back while I’m running (or is it jogging?). It’s the social aspect of running with my friend that keeps me going. I was surprised at how social and supportive other runners and the running community can be. I had always thought of it as a solitary sport.
Research and common sense tell us how critical exercise is in breast cancer survival rates. Being a cancer survivor I know that eating right and exercise are important but more importantly, setting a goal to run or walk a race can motivate us to get up off the couch and ultimately provide a sense of accomplishment which empowers us to do more in our lives. The research also tells us that being part of a social group is critical to a long healthy life. If competing in a race isn’t for you, try volunteering with a local road race or triathlon with their built-in social networks.
So find a running/biking/walking partner and get going this spring!to help with the Grand Rapids Triathlon in June. Consider helping out with a local Relay for Life or with a 5k that benefits a cause that is important to you.