SEVEN REASONS TO RUN ON BOXING DAY
It may be the Christmas holidays but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. That little gift to yourself could be a run!

To non-runners, this may seem like an act of madness, but read on and we might just convince you that your Boxing Day run could be one of the most enjoyable ones of the year.

1) KICK START YOUR TRAINING
As the December diary fills up with social events, extra jobs, family visits and school nativities, your exercise is bound to fall by the wayside.

Pulling on your trainers on Boxing Day is a great way of making sure you don’t fall completely off the winter training wagon and it will save you from that New Year dread, feeling like you are starting again from scratch. 

2) RUN OFF THE FESTIVE FOOD -AND PREPARE FOR MORE!
Over the festive season and on Christmas Day, you can scrap every last inch of the diet plan. It’s the time of year to enjoy yourself, over-indulgence is forgivable. On Christmas Day it’s absolutely necessary to eat a three-course meal followed by a whole block of Camembert and a couple of Ferrero Rochers! Now the house is full of tasty left overs and those chocolatey Christmas gifts keep calling.

With a morning run, you can shake off the post-Christmas lethargy and enjoy whatever food offerings come your way knowing that you’ve worked for it!

3) IT’S GOOD FOR THE SOUL
We can often put a lot of pressure on ourselves over Christmas to make everything perfect and please everyone, now the big day has passed you can finally relax before the New Year celebrations begin. 

If you haven’t been living in a cave you’re bound to have seen news in the media about how being outdoors is good for mental health. And experts have long been telling us that exercise is a great stress relief. 

Combine the two by getting outside and going for a run. 

Running releases endorphins, which can put a smile on your face and reduce anxiety. Switching off and running in the fresh air with your favourite tunes can often brighten up your days.

4) A DAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY
With the excitement of Santa and presents over for another year, you often find yourself stuck for ways of entertaining before serving Christmas lunch. Get everyone out of the house, get your family members running on the quiet pavements, it might just become your new favourite family activity.

If you have very young children, why not set the extra challenge of running with them in the pushchair. If your kids’ legs can’t quite keep up set them up as your cheer squad while you run circuits around them!

5) OR HAVE SOME ME TIME
It’s a time of year for being together with friends and family, but you can have too much of a good thing. Go for a solo run for some well needed ‘me’ time! What better excuse to wave goodbye to your in-laws, the kids’ noisy toys, or your house mate trying out their new gadget, than a run that may just take all morning?

All jokes aside, at the very least it’s a good bit of respite from a full house!

6) TRY OUT YOUR NEW KIT
Getting new kit on Christmas day is so exciting! Don’t leave it in the wardrobe until the New Year. When you’re feeding the five thousand, or have a loads of house calls to make, try it out before the madness ensues.

7) SET YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION EARLY
Did you wake up on Christmas morning to an email saying your loved one had entered you into a Great Run as your gift? Maybe you’re think about spending your Christmas money on a running event you won’t forget.

Set your fitness resolution before the New Year even starts and give yourself a target of completing a Great Run event. 

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