Running – The Many Benefits to Health

Experienced substitute and remedial math teacher, Greta Siddiqui is involved in community service as well as supporting the athletics and activities of her three children. In her spare time, Greta Siddiqui enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, camping, and jet skiing. She also enjoys running and has completed several road races for charity.

People run road races and marathons because it is enjoyable and competitive, and it may be a goal that they have always wanted to achieve. Another very good reason why people run is to improve their health.

Running can have numerous health benefits:
1. It improves circulation and cardiovascular health.
2. Running lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
3. Exercise like running helps people lose weight through increase in physical activity and change in diet. Experienced runners recognize which foods slow them down and which foods fuel a run.
4. It strengthens muscles.
5. Running makes lungs stronger and more efficient.
6. Exercise promotes better sleep due to release of energy while running.
7. It can bring improvements in posture and endurance.
8. The increase in endorphins leads to an improved immune system.


Greta Siddiqui: Going the Extra Mile for Charity

An educator, Greta Siddiqui is a firm believer in the value of strong community ties. She actively supports local charities and community events. In addition to volunteering with seniors and at hospitals, she has run for charity in several road races. Greta Siddiqui, like many other runners, has found that running for charity can provide several benefits beyond physical fitness.

1. Great motivation. On a rainy evening or in the aftermath of a challenging week, it can be difficult to find the motivation to go out for a run. Making the commitment to run for charity, and, therefore, knowing that many people are depending on you and looking forward to your participation, provides an excellent incentive for hitting the pavement.

2. Lots of potential running mates. It can be challenging to find training partners among your friends or neighbors. By contrast, participating in a charity run gives you access to a huge group of people who have the same running goals as you. Furthermore, social media makes it easier than ever to reach out to them.

3. A round of applause. Sometimes, after completing your longest run ever or besting your fastest time, it can be nice to get a little acknowledgement of your effort and success. You can get this in spades at the finish line of a charity race, where crowds applaud, not only your running, but also your commitment to a worthy cause.

Greta Siddiqui: Getting Ready for Your First Running Race

Greta Siddiqui is an education professional who also enjoys volunteering, traveling, and running. She has trained for several road races; here she provides tips for preparing for your first race.

– Set aside plenty of time to train. No matter the distance of the race, it’s important that you have enough time to prepare physically and mentally. Consider signing up for the event early, as the prices may be discounted and you’ll be more likely to stick with your months-long training plan.

– Running isn’t typically considered an expensive sport, but you should be prepared to make a small investment for the right gear. Also, try to plan your race day outfit in advance. Include extra layers, a water bottle, and some snacks.

– Have a plan on the race day. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before, and eat a nutritious breakfast. Plan to arrive at the race with time to spare, as you may need to navigate traffic at the venue or wait in line for your bib number. Warm up by jogging and stretching. Ease your nerves, and enjoy yourself!