15 Reasons You Should Go for a Run.

Via Kate Bartolotta
on Aug 21, 2012
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15 reasons to go for a run

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I started running again last week after a long slackfest hiatus.

When I first started running regularly in high school, it was punish myself for eating. That’s a horrible reason to do what is ultimately a wonderful thing. Now, I run because I love it—and it loves me back.


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Sometimes I joke that “I love running—when it’s over.” It sounds silly, but the afterglow of running is amazing. Your body releases endorphins and enkephalins ,which give you that “runner’s high.” So you’ve got the puddingy spent feeling like after amazing sex, plus a natural high—what’s better than that?

Another great thing about running is the meditative quality it can have. The cadence of your run is a great focal point to still your mind. (Sakyong Mipham has a fantastic book on this topic for anyone looking to explore further.)

Along with yoga, which requires far less in terms of gear than many companies would have you think, running is one of the most portable, convenient healthy habits you can create.


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P.S. Always on my running playlist, usually for the cool down:


It’s awesome, but clearly, I need some new tunes. Let me know what you’re running to in the comments!


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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


40 Responses to “15 Reasons You Should Go for a Run.”

  1. tatumann says:

    Sugarland ~ We Run
    Tom Petty ~ Running Down a Dream
    Train ~ Drive By
    Miranda Lambert ~ Fastest Girl in Town
    Matt Nathanson ~ Queen of (K)nots


  2. Jodee says:

    Yay Kate! Yay for running! Let's add one more to the list of 15 reasons… it takes away the hurt in your heart. xoxo

    And here's a great playlist. 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    This is fabulous!! Thanks for posting it. I run to anything with the right beat…which means I can listen to 80s punk, next to U2, next to country, next to rap, next to…well, you get the picture. As I don't actually listen to the songs when I run, it is the beat that matters most — the music is just background to my drifting mind. I am definitely finding a copy of that book 🙂

  4. Becky says:

    I like running to podcasts when I'm by myself. For some reason, I always go too fast when I use music. A good episode of This American Life or Throwing Shade is just right. Ira Glass is the best running partner!

  5. B-russell says:

    The Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Steady beat and rapping that makes you want to keep moving! "Can't stop, won't stop, no compromise!"

  6. I like to run to the sound of my feet hitting pavement and the birds and wind. Clears my mind and helps me resolve things I didn't even know needed resolving! Great post, Kate! (I want to listen to music or podcasts sometimes, too, but keep forgetting to charge my nano!)

  7. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on Health & Wellness.

  8. Xerxes says:

    I miss running terribly. Being old(er) and arthritic prevents me from doing it anymore and reliving my glory days of old. On the other hand, my inability to run led me to yoga. I can still swim and bike, but a rigorous vinyasa practice comes the closest thing to running for producing endorphins and that feeling of well being.

  9. Ohhh yes! Definitely. Loved that article, btw!

  10. I agree, Amy. All sort of stuff makes my mix. Love this one by Florence + the Machine too: http://t.co/IqtTjV8H

  11. Oooh never tried that! Will give it a go.

  12. I <3 the Beastie Boys. No. Sleep. Til Brooklynnnn!

  13. I like that sometimes too, Lynn. Indoor treadmill running (during winter/allergy season) I need music, but trail running I like to hear my feet.

  14. Don't knock the Vinyasa! That definitely gets the endorphins cranking too.

  15. CarmeLaVegas says:

    Treadmill music: The Wiseguys

  16. @mindykittay says:

    My new favorite is Happy Pills by Norah Jones.

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  19. dnsaur says:

    Today is the first day I "ran" in probably 7 or 8 years. It was more like a walk, but I think I have potential. I like the "Wallpaper" playlist on my Pandora station. You can check them out at http://www.myspace.com/wallpaper (People still use myspace?)

  20. karlsaliter says:

    Oh and a great cool down song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esVA_gqEKE

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  27. Amy says:

    I love GIRLs 1 soundtrack to the HBO show … Yay running !!

  28. Alissa says:

    Ali in the Jungle – The Hours
    Numb (featuring Eminem) – Rhianna
    Titanium – David Guetta & Sia
    Warrior (Team USA Edition) – Nelly
    The Warrior Song – Sean Householder (I'm military so this one always pumps me up towards the end of a run when I just want to quit)

  29. Claudia says:

    Check the Ghost of Radio podcast. Neil always has awesome running music

  30. Iva says:

    I run because I can.

  31. Scott L says:

    You've probably seen this one already, but if not you'll probably like it: "Run Run Run" … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQUjviIH9PU&s

  32. Alexandra Proverb says:

    I too just started running again after a long hiatus. (5 yrs) It feels good to run again. I started out walking, and since May I am now running 3 miles and walking the last mile on my 4.3 mile route. Running on empty is one of my favorite songs to run to. I do feel better, and it am starting to notice some subtle changes in my body. I can put my hands around my hips now!! I'm stronger, I feel stronger, I feel thinner, I feel like running more!!

  33. Chris Q. says:

    I love to run to Franz Ferdinand: "Love Illumination", "Take Me Out", "No You Girls", "Right Action"

  34. miche says:

    thank you jodee…i run to take away the hurt in my heart….soon it will subside 🙂

  35. Amy L. says:

    I listen to the Matrix soundtrack. Goes perfectly with a good run. 🙂