With The Colour Run coming to Doha on February 7, we explore why you should get fit and active and participate in this fantastic event.
You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy running. It’s simple to do (a lot like walking, only quicker), doesn’t require expensive equipment and you can do it virtually anywhere. Beyond its low barriers to entry, there is a litany of health-related benefits that come with it.
Much like being forced to eat your least favourite vegetable as a child, it still seems hard to do something just because it is good for you – thankfully, running also happens to be just good old-fashioned fun. With The Colour Run, presented by Your Health First, coming to Doha on February 7, the happiest 5k on the planet where colour powder and fun trumps all, there’s no better time to pick up your running shoes and go and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are our top terrific reasons to run.
1. Meet new people
Aside from school or the office, there aren’t that many venues to meet new people and with the ever-increasing popularity of running, chances are you will find a new friend among the pack.
2. Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You.
Aside from the much-coveted “runner’s high” (a rush of feel-good hormones), just 30 minutes of running or light exercise can do wonders to your mood for the rest of the day.
3. Keep diseases at bay
Not only are symptoms of diseases and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis claimed to be alleviated by a nice jog, running is also claimed to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and even breast cancer. All of which are massive benefits for something as simple and fun as running.
4. Lose weight
What makes running an excellent choice for the calorie-conscious crowd is its accessibility, ease and the fact that your body keeps burning calories for 24 hours after the run – satisfying everyone’s dreams of losing weight while doing nothing.
5. Stay sharp
Numerous studies have shown that running increases concentration in complicated tasks and bolsters productivity. Working the mind and the body at the same time makes running as efficient as it is fun.
6. Sleep like a king
Sleep is as essential as food and water and research has indicated that with just 150 minutes of running a week, sleep quality improves by an impressive 65 percent. For insomniacs and generally sleepless people, running will help you sleep at night, and, by extension, help you excel during the day.
7. Ditch the stress
An exceptional way to reduce stress, exercise has consistently shown to reduce anxiety levels across various studies. There is no better way to let go of all that is bothering than to just run.
8. Enjoy your tunes
The perfect disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life comes in the form of headphones, your favourite tunes and a bit of gentle exercise. Getting lost in your music and going on imaginary adventures as you run is a socially acceptable break from reality – which is often needed. Of course, headphones aren’t needed at The Colour Run – the music around the course will keep the crowd pumping all the way to the awesome finish festival. Oh – and if you don’t feel like running, you can walk, dance or cartwheel your way around the course and still get the same benefits. No brainer!
Join in the fun
Sounds great, right? Now’s your chance to get involved. The Colour Run comes to the Qatar National Convention Centre on February 7, 2015 with the help of the Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First campaign. Less about a 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Colour Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed fun run where participants – or ‘Colour Runners’ – can run, walk, dance and cartwheel their way round the course under a shower of coloured powder. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic finish festival featuring music, dancing and massive colour throws to create happiness and lasting memories.
Registration is now open at www.thecolorrun.qa and for more information visit facebook.com/TheColorRunQatar, www.twitter.com/TheColorRunQA or www.instagram.com/TheColorRunQA.