Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is so successful? Why thousands of people across the country participate every year? I have, and I think the answer is three fold.
First, breast cancer is a devastating disease which has touched most of us in some way. In 2014 alone, it is estimated that 24,400 women and 210 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease. Second, there is a meaningful symbolism that comes from running for a cure. It implies a sense of urgency and the need for a cure is indeed urgent. Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosis in women in Canada over the age of 20 and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women, after lung cancer. Finally, participating in the Run For the Cure is not only good for your boobs and the boobs of many women across the country, it’s good for your health in a multitude of ways.
The beauty of running is that it does not require any special equipment outside of a good pair of shoes and a horizon to head for. It doesn’t require a membership fee, and you can take it with you anywhere. So now that we’ve established that there are practically no barriers to participating in this sport let’s talk about the health benefits of running.
Health Benefits of Running
It’s Good for Your Head
Perhaps one of the most amazing health benefits of running is what it can do for your mental health. The science behind it says that running helps release endorphins which in turn make you feel good. The best thing about endorphins is that this “drug” is free and has only positive side-effects. When I need to clear my head, get out of a funk or brainstorm an idea, I go for a run.
It Can Lower Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer
Running Can Extend Your Life
Running regularly can not only improve the quality of your life the but quantity of it. The best part is you don’t have to a long-distance runner to reap the rewards. This makes me happy because long distance running requires a mental game I can’t play. But 5K’s, like the Run for the The Cure? Yup, adding years to my life and yours too if you start now!
A Mile a Day Keeps the Pounds at Bay
While it is true is that running will keep the pounds at bay, I’m just not sure if a mile a day is what will do it. I made that up in a sad attempt to be clever. Running burns calories while you run but also offers a very cool side-effect called the “after burn” which means your body continues to burn calories long after you’ve stopped running. How’s that for efficient exercising? Aside from the fact that staying svelte will make you feel better about yourself in general, it also helps keep disease away.
Running is Good for Your Sex Life. Hubba Hubba.
Not only does running get you hot, it can get you really hot if you know what I mean. *wink wink* Running increases your circulation and circulation runs all over your body, right to the most pleasurable spots you have. Think of running as foreplay and get your partner to join you.
What Are You Waiting For?
So now that I’ve convinced you running is good for you from your head to your toes and all the places in between, what’s holding you back from signing up for this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure? You can join thousands of people on October 5th – like our very own contributor Sarah Robinson –who will be running for a cure and for their health.
Join the conversation and find out who’s running and why in your area via Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for sponsoring this post on Life in Pleasantville. All the girls here are rather attached to their girls. We are grateful for your continued efforts to find a cure.