When my brother was in his running prime, he would say, “A runner may not live a day longer, but will live a longer day.” This saying resonated with me ever since. There are many reasons why I believe this saying is true, specifically due to running’s positive effects on your health, both physically and mentally.
In my late teens and early 20s, I smoked and ate junk food, meat and potatoes, and beer, were the main staple of my diet. I’d light up the second I woke up, and sometimes even light up during a meal. Yuck! I didn’t focus on my health; it didn’t matter, I was invincible. Fact is, if you buy a new car and beat it to death, it will run great for a while, however, at some point the abuse catches up and it falls apart. If I would have continued down the path I was on, chances are I would be in extremely poor physical and mental health today, and therefore leading a miserable life. Fortunately, I chose the path of a healthy life, and my life has been truly fulfilling. The bottom line; if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. Health is more important than all the money in the world. I am glad I found running and chose the healthy path!
Think about it; how many times have you woke up early and headed out for a run before the rest of the world has even started their day — enjoying the crisp morning air and the peace of dawn? Did you think, wow, I already ran my miles and I have the entire day to do everything I need to do; I feel like a million bucks? It tees you up for a wonderful, productive day! That certainly qualifies under the category of living a longer day!
To this day, I have the energy to live an active, productive life style all due to running. I have never stayed in a hospital nor had any problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or a serious disease. I have as much energy today as I did when I was in my early 20s, though not the same interests. My days are full and my attitude is great. I’ve got a wonderful wife and running friends that keep me motivated and challenged. Seriously, if my life was to end tomorrow, I definitely have lived an abundance of longer days and I am grateful for that in so many ways!
Keep running or doing what you are doing to maintain your health so you, too, can live a longer day!
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