Why Should I Run?

Different exercises all boast various different health benefits, but running remains one of the most effective ways of enhancing your health and fitness.

Running is one of the most popular ways to stay fit, but with so many different exercise that you can take part of, you may be wondering “Why should I run?“.

Here at Altered Images in Bromsgrove, our gym offers a wide range of activities and exercises that can help you get fit. Our gym facilities enable runners to be able to train for their own personal goals – whilst benefiting from the on-going professional support from our highly experienced fitness instructors.

So, why should I run?

Running offers a wide scope of physical and mental benefits including:

  • Helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life
  • Tones the buttocks and thighs quicker than almost any other exercise
  • Feel-good endorphins are released which help counter stress, make you happier and improve your mood
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps keep your bodily functions regular!
  • Helps improve immune cells to fight infection
  • Can improve your mental alertness
  • Can boost your sex life!
  • Gives you more energy
  • Gives you great fitness and endurance
  • Burns lots of calories
  • It’s inexpensive
  • Speeds up the metabolism
  • There are lots of choices – different distances from short sprints to marathons and different training techniques from multi terrain, interval training, multi-speed training, endurance runs, hill efforts to name a few.

Health and fitness advice in Bromsgrove

If you’ve got questions like “why should I run?” that need answering, speak to one of our health and fitness experts today. Head to our website for more information about our gym facilities, or call  01527 874395 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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What are the best tips for running?

Running is one of the best ways to keep fit, and here at Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove, we love to support our gym-goers and runners in reaching new goals and achievements. As a leading gym in Bromsgrove, we’re proud to have a wide range of classes and programmes that can be enjoyed by everyone – and we welcome people of all ages, abilities, and experiences.

10 top tips for running

It’s important to remember that almost anyone and everyone can start running. However, by getting advice and support from our fitness trainers in Bromsgrove, you can ensure running becomes a healthy and consistent part of your lifestyle.

1. Selecting the right trainers doesn’t need to cost a fortune but it is a good idea to go and have your gait read. This will determine what running style you have and therefore which trainers are best to avoid injury.

2. If you’re a beginner, the best way to start is to walk first before gradually building up to a run.

3. In order to see an improvement in fitness, you should try to commit to a run three times a week.

4. Always aim for endurance over speed – faster running puts a greater demand on the body.

5. Run with someone else or in a group; you’ll make friends and the time flies by when you run with others – you’re also more likely to stick at it! Joining a gym and running with fellow gym-goers is a great way to stay motivated and committed to reaching new goals and fitness levels.

6. Vary your distances and inclines to keep it interesting.

7. Music is a great motivator – so an iPod and earphones are definitely worth having.

8. Reward yourself when you reach certain targets as an incentive.

9. Have a focus or motivation, such as entering a race whether it’s 5k or a marathon. You’d be surprised at what you can achieve when you put your mind to it – not to mention a great collection of medals!

10. Be sure to warm up properly and stretch out at the end.

Fitness trainers in Bromsgrove

If you are looking to make running a serious part of your lifestyle, why not take advantage of our highly experienced Bromsgrove fitness trainers? Our personal trainers will conduct a full assessment in order to determine the best ways to increase your fitness levels and improve your running. You’ll undergo some simple health checks before we take note of your goals and challenges. Once we’ve got a good idea of what you are looking to achieve, we’ll design a bespoke fitness programme just for you. Our 5 Steps to Fitness Programme is perfect for those who are either re-joining or just starting the gym and would like professional support to guide them through their fitness journey.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about our fitness trainers in Bromsgrove, head to our website today. Alternatively, call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.

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Whether you want to get up off the couch and run your first five kms, or you have visions of smashing your PB in an upcoming half marathon, these training plans will get across the finish line and feeling great.


But here’s the caveat. These are not your typical running guides. Unlike conventional running training plans that feature running, running and a little more running, these plans combine a variety of exercise – so there’s no chance of monotony or boredom seeping in. We know that even the most avid runners don’t want to be pounding the pavement around the clock, and we also know it’s not the best way to max results.


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Yes, running is great…

Running is a cardiovascular activity, so it provides all the benefits of endurance exercise such as reducing blood pressure, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, and body fat while at the same time elevating oxygen consumption and HDL cholesterol. Since it is a weight bearing activity, it also improves bone density. Running is also something that most of us can do with little effort and cost – all we need to do is lace up our shoes and open the door!

But if you’ve got a specific goal in mind, simply going for the odd run won’t cut it

Dr Jinger Gottschall, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, says there are four key reasons why a training plan will help you achieve your running goals.

  • A plan makes it easy, there’s less guesswork about what to do each week
  • You can feel confident that you will be prepared for the race distance
  • Well-planned conservative increases in distance/intensity will reduce injury risk
  • You’ll stay motivated, knowing that you are able to successfully complete each week

And a plan made up of relentless running is also not ideal

First and foremost, a training plan that features nothing but running will be mentally fatiguing – you need variety to keep your head in the game! Doing nothing but running also increases the chance of overuse injury as you are only moving in a single plane repeatedly without strengthening and stretching the muscles around the working joints.

An integrated training plan fosters superior results

Gottschall explains that an integrated training plan can make greater improvements to your fitness, reduce the risk of injury, and improve adherence to training for long periods of time. She says that when it comes to improving speed and performance, building cardiovascular fitness is not the only component.

  • Incorporating low weight, high repetition full body weight training (like BODYPUMP™) is an ideal way to strengthen the muscles around the joints. Even exercises like biceps curls and deadrows are helpful because your elbows are flexed during running and strong upper body posture is helpful for endurance events.
  • Integrated core training (like CXWORX™) can be extremely beneficial in terms of single leg strength for symmetry, deep hip muscle training for knee alignment, and abdominal training for efficient force transmission.
  • Finally, a combination of strengthening and flexibility training (like BODYBALANCE™) will reduce injury risk with exercises that will train the core and stretch the working leg muscles.




Whatever your running goals and fitness level there’s a plan to suit.

  • 5 kms for beginners
  • 10 kms for intermediate runners
  • 10 kms for advanced runners
  • 2 kms for intermediate runners
  • 2 kms for advanced runners


How to make your running plan work for you

Success comes when you establish a good balance between flexibility and routine – and these training plans are structured to support this. There is suggested activity for the week, but the specific days are not stipulated – this gives you the flexibility to do the group workouts when it suits you (or when it matches with your gym timetable).

Gottschall recommends that you keep enjoyment front of mind. “Do not be too hard on yourself if you feel tired or unmotivated, it happens to everyone! At the same time, try and hold back from doing more than the plan states – even if you are feeling energized and unstoppable, quality is better than quantity.”

Finally, be aware of how you are fuelling your body during the training process, drink plenty of water and eat clean foods without processed ingredients or added sugar.

Meet the creator

Each of these training plans have been tailor made by Dr Jinger Gottschall. On top of being an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Penn State, Gottschall is a passionate and highly experienced runner. Gottschall first discovered LES MILLS™ workouts in 2002, adopting the group workouts for cross training and injury prevention while she was competing in long distance triathlons. After retiring from racing, she became a certified LES MILLS instructor.

It was then she began exploring the science behind the LES MILLS programs, and now has a key role helping develop and test a range of programs. She has published over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles focused on the benefits of LES MILLS programs, and developed hundreds of training programs for individuals ranging from novices to professionals.

“I have been training individuals and athletes for over 20 years. The common mistakes are made primarily because people simply do not know what to do in terms of creating, initiating and maintaining an effective program. The average adult does not have the background to devise a training plan that will maximize results and minimize injury. These guides provide education around which exercise to do and when to do it, along with tips on how to make your journey more successful.”


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At Altered Images Gym we can provide you with a personal trainer Bromsgrove can help you develop training programmes to suit your goals and preferred training styles. If you are looking for a gym in the Bromsgrove area please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can arrange to show you around our facilities including our popular ladies only gym. Please visit our website or call us on 01527 874395.