A pub is a sacred place for many men. A chance to let off some steam following a long day and enjoy a well-earned pint.
The only problem is, for many of us one can turn into two, three, or four. Which can go from once a week to two times, three, four, or before you know it you’re suffering from addiction, and your health, relationships, and even work are in a bit of trouble.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from alcohol abuse, and the number of people who need help with addiction is growing in the times we live in. So, before it’s too late, it could be time to do something about it.
If you’re finding yourself drinking that little bit more than you would normally, why not find an alternative? And the perfect one is running. Let off that steam by lacing up your trainers and earn yourself a few well-earned endorphins instead.
But why run?
It’s great for your physical health
Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to a range of health problems, including liver disease, high blood pressure, and increased risk of cancer. Of course, we already know this and it’s pretty obvious running is much healthier.
It is an excellent form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, boost your immune system, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Running can also reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Plus, you’ll get rid of that beer belly pretty quickly…
It’s a natural mood booster
Many of us turn to the pub as a way to relieve stress and unwind after a busy day. While alcohol might provide a temporary sense of relaxation, it can also lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Running is a natural mood booster, releasing endorphins that can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Running can also help you feel more confident, improve your self-esteem, and give you a sense of achievement.
It can be social too
Many of us go to the pub for a chat and a catch-up, but you can do that while pounding the streets too. Joining a local running club can be a great way to meet new people who share your interests.
Running with others can also help you stay motivated, push yourself harder, and enjoy the sense of camaraderie that comes from achieving a shared goal.
It will save you money
Let’s face it, pubs can be expensive. From the cost of drinks to the cost of food, a night out at the pub can quickly add up. Running, on the other hand, is a relatively inexpensive activity. All you really need is a good pair of running shoes and some comfortable clothes, and you’re good to go.
You can even save money by running to work or to run errands, reducing the need for expensive gym memberships or petrol for your car.