If you’ve never participated in a 5K, you may be wondering what all the buzz is about. It seems like everyone lately is competing in a race, whether as a company team building event or to raise money for a good cause. Many races at the 5K level allow participants the option of walking or running, so these races are accessible for everyone! It’s a great place to begin if you have an interest in becoming a runner or want to challenge yourself. Here are five reasons that you should make 2017 the year you complete your first 5K.

Your Body – It’s great exercise and a fantastic way to burn calories.   Work on getting in shape by having tons of fun at the race!

Your Heart – You need cardio in your workout regimen. It’s what keeps your heart healthy and has been shown to naturally lower cholesterol and your blood pressure.  Running and walking are great cardiovascular exercises.  Lace up those shoes, and get your heart rate up!

Your Mind – Running is one of those exercises where you don’t need to count reps or follow steps to a specific beat. All you have to do is breathe and move one foot in front of the other until you reach your destination. This means that your mind is free to wander. You can clear out the day’s stressors and enjoy the freedom of going wherever your running shoes take you.

Your Spirit  – Select a race where your entry fee will benefit a cause that is important to you. You benefit from the exercise and an awesome charity or cause benefits too.  That’s a win-win!

Your Social Life – When you begin running or walking regularly and participating in races, you will meet new people. Your expanded social circle will allow you to develop relationships with people who have similar interests and possibly get you going even longer distances.   Have fun, meet new folks, and get fit.  What isn't to love?

Of course, if joining your closest friends in a race corral is not for you, maybe you can get together with your best buds, form your own 5K team and route, and join us for a Yes.Fit challenge!

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