I’ve spent more than a decade nurturing my passion for keeping myself in the best health possible, while at the same time answering my call to meet others’ needs in various ways. One of my favorite ways to meet both my healthcare goals and help disadvantaged individuals and those with tough medical diagnoses is through marathon running. To date, I have completed more than 120 marathons and I have no plans of stopping. But why do I do it? Three simple – yet powerful – reasons:
Focus on overall health and wellness
The benefits of running are too many to name, but here are a few key advantages you may experience if you decide to give it a go:
Reduces risk of diseases like cancer
Experience mental sharpness
Strengthen and tone muscles
Stronger, healthier heart
Commitment to a healthy mindset
Like any endurance sport, running can help create a healthy mindset that builds confidence and allows you to move forward with the belief that all things are possible. It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to train for a marathon and this can serve as a valuable tool in facing life’s challenges. Cross the finish line of a marathon and everything else seems easier.
In my role as a youth mentor, I always stress the importance of regular exercise and daily physical activity. I have used my involvement in marathon running to inspire young people to make positive choices and some have even joined me in growing their own love for the sport. I have enjoyed raising funds and awareness for organizations, such as Mentor Me India, Students Run LA, Smile Train, the American Institute for Cancer Research and many others. It is incredibly important that we use our gifts, abilities and examples to inspire others to find ways to make a difference not only for themselves, but for others, as well.
If long-distance running is something that is calling your name, there’s no better day than today to get started. Start small, think big and above all else, keep going. You are capable of more than you think and the rewards are endless.