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Run for National Running Day

Are you a runner? Yes or no, today is National Running Day and although you may not be dying to dash it’s a good excuse to stretch your legs at a quickened pace – even if it’s only for a few glorious feet to the mailbox … or the fridge. Despite the obvious health benefits that come from a sustained elevated heartbeat and muscular workout, running has been taken to task as a potentially dangerous exercise that’s not as good for you as walking, biking or other <a title="Performance Training Equipment" href="http://www.atgstores.com/performance-training_2936.html" target="_blank">cardiovascular pursuits</a>. The truth, however, is that humans are built to run – at least for “reasonable” distances. Runners get into trouble when they pull a Forrest Gump and just keeeeep onnnn ruhnn-innnng. The constant impact of your body’s weight on your lower joints can pound bone and cartilage into an agonizing mixture of dust and jelly. Regular running, though, especially after you’ve built up your muscles to better support your body, is very good for you. The list of benefits is long and dazzling: <ul> <li>Lose weight!</li> <li>Boost your immune system!</li> <li>Help you sleep!</li> <li>Increase your energy!</li> <li>Improve your chances of survival in the Zombie Apocalypse!</li> </ul> Obviously, this last benefit is the jewel in the National Running Day crown. So, if you’re not really a runner, how do you get started? The answer, which you're sure to appreciate is: very slowly. Start small – maybe try jogging around your block. Keep doing it and you’ll be surprised to find that in a short while that distance won’t leave you worn out, and that you can run even farther without getting winded. For those of you who have already been on the dusty trail for a while, you know the rules: keep hydrated, run against traffic, wear comfortable shoes and bright clothing, look both ways before crossing the road and beware of dookie bombs when you’re cutting through the dog park. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wishes everyone a safe and sanitary National Running Day.
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