From the Coach’s Corner with Coach G – Lockdown edition 2

Coach G

We have now been in lockdown for almost three weeks and we would all have been looking forward to the lockdown being lifted. I for one was really looking forward to running outside of the confines of my property.  But the lockdown has been extended and we must stay resilient and innovative in the way we do our running and we have to stay active. There can be a tendency to lose motivation during this period as you may be questioning yourself why you should run or try to stay active, especially when there are no races that you can take part in.  You cannot run a parkrun PB.  These may be some of the thoughts going through your head which could be very demotivating.

So, I thought I would give you some key benefits to running.  I hope that this will help motivate you to stay active and to continue running through the next few weeks.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Exercise is medicine.” Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. Scientific research proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes, five times per week) - and running in particular - has health benefits that extend well beyond most pills a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions.  (We might need that now more than usual if you've been visiting your fridge too often).  What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life.  It even helps you live longer. Here’s six reasons why running is good for:

  1. Running makes you happier. We really need this at the moment!!
  2. Running helps you lose or maintain weight.
  3. Running strengthens your knees (and your other joints and bones, too)
  4. Running will keep you sharper, even as you age.
  5. Running reduces your risk of cancer. 
  6. Running adds years to your life.

 Top Tip: one of the best ways to stay motivated and improve your running is to be consistent. Try run every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes.  If you are not used to running daily, it will be easier if you plan to only run for 10 minutes, or only run 2 km.  Then maybe add 100 m every day.  It also helps if you run at the same time every day.

Until next time - be safe, stay home and remain active.

Coach G is a regular parkrunner at the Voortrekker Monument parkrun and is a running coach who coaches some of the parkrunners who regularly run at the Voortrekker monument parkrun.  Coach G is coaching these parkrunners as a community service to give back to the community where he reside.