Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5 Unexpected Perks of Running (I bet you didn't know about #4)

Before I dive into this irresistible subject matter, let me tell you about a dream I had last night.

I tore up all of my running shorts and skirts (except the Cheetah skirt. Even in my dream, that is sacred). Then I threw them in a skillet and made chili out of them. The chili burned so  I never ate it, but...WTF?

If you are a dream interpreter out there - I have just given you your biggest challenge.

Could not imagine adding this skirt to my chili
Moving on.

I went to the eye doctor the other day for my annual eye exam. She put those yellow drops in my eyes, the dye that helps the doctor examine your cornea. Then she said, "You must be a runner. The liquid was absorbed so quickly into your system. That means that you have really good blood flow from running." Hmmmm. Who knew? Of course I nodded in agreement that yes indeed I am a runner and uh huh you are right, sister, I have great blood flow. Bring on the yellow dye!

This got me to thinking. While we all know the obvious health benefits of running, there have got to be some less known ones, right? Kind of like how you know that farting is good for you because it aids in digestion, but I bet you didn't know that sniffing farts might actually protect you from illness (see HERE). Another perk of reading my blog! You learn the best trivia ever.

1. Your Sex Life Improves. You don't even have to watch porn while you run to get the benefit. Running boosts testosterone levels, which increases sex drive. Also, running raises your heart rate and strengthens the heart and lungs. You know where I am going with this. - running in general improves endurance so you can perform well in the bedroom. Lastly, that blood flow thing I was talking about earlier? Increased blood flow means increased arousal. How do you think men get boners anyway? 

2. You Save Money. Yeah, you are probably going to tell me I'm high - that running is ridiculously expensive what with all the watches, race entries, clothing and shoes. But, remember this! How many happy hours or late nights out have you forgone because you had a long run the next day! That alone has to have saved you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Yes, I exaggerate, but you get my point.

3. It Might Improve Your Asthma. Clearly I'm no doctor, so read this and then forget it - however, studies have shown that running can can help strengthen your defenses against an asthma attack. It can improve heart and lung fitness, and certainly boosts the mood. Certainly if you have attacks frequently, then running might be too much for you. And, of course follow doctor's orders.

4. You Won't Go Blind (as fast). Running has been shown to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. For this reason, running can be a more cost effective, safer and smarter way to protect and preserve eye health.(source)

5. Hangovers Dissipate More Quickly. I wrote an article about how to run with a hangover (read it HERE), but I didn't talk about how running actually can improve the dreaded nausea, headache and fatigue. Ever start a run feeling like a pile of dehydrated dog crap, and end feeling relatively normal? Although you don't technically sweat out the alcohol, running does release endorphins and adrenaline, which can make you feel a hell of a lot better. Plus, the fresh air helps Just remember to hydrate before and during.

New Years' Day carnage
Any other perks you want to add?

Who is going to take a stab at interpreting my dream?



  1. Dream. Easy Peasy. Especially in relation to #1. You want to run wild and free (cheetahs are wild and free, hence the skirt) and be ready for hot and spicy sex right after the run. You are trying to internalize your running prowess at the same time, but you were more concerned about your run time than your cooking time, so the meal burned.

    Another perk is peace and quiet if you run by yourself. No spouse, no kids to get on your nerves.

  2. Clearly you have been thinking about running in a naked race. Your dream is a sign. Your clothes burned up in the chili, so you had nothing to run in. No clothes, no excuses.

  3. Did you use the flaming oven mit in your dream to stir the chili?

    1. Yes! And weirdest of all, you were the one doing the stirring!

  4. #1 -- More hydraulic pressure is a very good thing!

  5. I always dream about teeth falling out, which is so basic. I would much rather make chili out of my running clothes. (P.S. I had asthma as a kid and now I'm a runner. So obviously there is a highly unscientific connection.)

  6. Typical seasonal dream. Chili means fall. Running gears means run. Synthesized, running in the fall is a recipe for joy and happiness.

  7. I am an asthmatic marathoner. I pre-medicate and I rarely ever have to take my inhaler other than that. So that is anecdotally true!

    Another Beth

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