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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Running’s Impact on Your Health

We love to run. And if we do not love to run at the moment, there will most likely be a time when we cross over that training threshold and we surprise ourselves by thinking “wow, this makes me feel great”, as our feet pound the pavement. That love of running is a real thing and there are physical and mental reasons for it.

Running . . .
  • builds a strong heart (aerobic exercise)
  • clears your mind, whether you run solo or with a group
  • lowers your stress level by releasing feel-good endorphins
  • makes your skin glow thanks to the sweat removing toxins from your body
  • encourages you to eat healthier. You just ran, why “ruin” that time with a doughnut?
  • strengthens your bones, thanks to the “stress” created from your feet hitting the ground
  • increases your self control. Accomplishing a run puts you in control of that moment, which improves your confidence, which only improves all other facets of your life.
  • sheds the pounds
  • can help you drop bad habits. Instead of participating in whatever vice you choose, go for a run
  • brings people together. You will always have something to bring up in conversation, you will recognize people from the trail or treadmill and you may start running in festivals.
  • changes lives. It will make you feel better both physically and mentally and you will most likely find yourself paying it forward.

We wish you happy and healthy running!

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