We are experiencing a time where all of our normal day-to-day routines have gone out the window. From schools closing and employees teleworking to our favorite restaurants closing, nothing seems normal. Fortunately, running and walking are two activities that don’t have to change. Going for a daily run or walk will not only help you maintain your sanity, but it is also good for the body and mind. Read on to learn about the benefits of exercising and how it can be healing during this tumultuous time. Also, learn about how you can still get your next pair of running shoes from Potomac River Running while staying safe!
Run or Walk for Mental Health
Running and walking are great ways to relieve stress. Exercise in general produces endorphins in the brain that make you feel good. Endorphins will also help you get better sleep which will further help your mental and physical health. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, even just 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can start to relieve stress and anxiety.
Run or Walk to Get Stronger
Running makes our bodies stronger! Hit the trail to build strong bones, strengthen your muscles, and improve cardiovascular health. Even though you may be sitting at home hunched over your computer all day, know that you have the opportunity to go outside and get strong while staying safe. Even if you can only get out there for 10-20 minutes, your body will get stronger and thank you for the movement. Not a runner? Walking can give you the same benefits. Looking to get into running? Test out run/walk intervals. Run for 30 seconds, walk for 2 minutes. As you feel stronger, increase your running intervals.
Run or Walk to be in Nature
Various studies around the world have shown that spending time out in nature can make us healthier. Being out in nature amongst the trees can help relieve stress and make us feel better. Pick a local trail and notice the beautiful budding trees and flowers as we enter the spring season.
Social Distancing without Being Lonely
Currently we are being encouraged to socially distance ourselves in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, running and walking are the perfect ways to do something positive for yourself while being socially distant. Even if you happen to see others out on a run or walk, it is easy to stay 6 feet away. Give your fellow exercisers a wave and feel comfort in the fact that you are all out accomplishing similar goals. In addition, Potomac River Running will be having “runs of the day” posted on our social media accounts. Check out the amount we are running/walking today and do the same. Next, post a selfie or a comment about your run or walk. Building this network of virtual runners and walkers can help take the place of your runs and walks with friends and maintain a sense of connection.
Getting Your Next Pair of Shoes from Potomac River Running
Potomac River Running is here to help you get a comfortable pair of shoes to walk, run, or work out in. We have a variety of different ways you can shop with us to ensure your safety.
Online Store – Shop Now >
Our online store is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Order your favorite products online to be shipped directly to your home.
Concierge Service – Schedule this Complimentary Service >
Visit our website to sign up for our new concierge service. We can help give you expert advice on our products over the phone and even provide you with a virtual gait analysis. Pay over the phone and either pick up curbside at the store or we can ship the item directly to your home.
In-store – See Store Locations/Hours >
With reduced hours, focusing on keeping our customers and staff safe. If you prefer to shop during non-peak hours, give us a call. We also are doing curbside pickup at all of our locations.
During these stressful times, use running and walking as an escape. Use it as a way to strengthen your mental and physical health. Enjoy what nature has to offer and stay healthy, while staying connected. Keep your feet healthy and happy by shopping with us in-store, online, or through our new concierge service. For more tips and tricks, follow us on social media at @potomacriverrunning.