5 reasons to run on Christmas Day - Women's Running

5 reasons to run on Christmas day

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  December 8, 2021

5 reasons why we love a Christmas day run – and you will too

How could the best day of the year get even better? With a post-run kick of endorphins, of course! With so much responsibility on your shoulders on Christmas Day, from cooking for the in-laws to playing Santa, many of us feel guilty about stealing 30 minutes to ourselves. But after a busy few weeks getting everything prepared, factoring in some quiet time is the perfect way to help you enjoy the day, and perhaps restore a little sanity, away from a house full of screaming children or boozey relatives. Need further convincing? Here’s why we love a Christmas run…

1. It’ll work up your appetite

You don’t need to do anything to ‘earn’ your Christmas dinner: you have as many roast potatoes as you bloomin’ well like. But there’s nothing quite like a sweaty morning run to make you feel properly hungry for that big old feast. More room for sprouts? Yes please.

2. You can avoid your least favourite jobs

Not a fan of peeling parsnips? Don’t fancy hoovering up pine needles? A well-timed run is the perfect way to duck out of the worst Christmas jobs. We know it’s sneaky, but we’re taking the wins where we can here.

3. You’ll burn off some steam

Let’s face it; a house full of screaming children and argumentative in-laws is enough to test anyone’s patience. Getting out for a run on Christmas morning is the perfect way to clear your head before the big days kicks off – particularly if you’re hosting! And if things get too much late afternoon, what better way to de-stress and make room for the cheese and biscuits? Life will be much more pleasant afterwards, trust us.

4. It’ll boost your energy levels

With such a build up to the big day – food shopping, planning and present wrapping, it’s no wonder we feel like collapsing by the time December 25th rolls round. A number of studies, including a study by the University of Georgia in 2008, have shown that regular exercise can, in fact, boost energy levels. Energise yourself with a gentle 5K or a speedy training run in the morning for a mid-afternoon boost.

5. You get to feel all smug

Nothing puts a smug little smile on our faces like a morning run: you’ll feel glowy all day. If you want to feel extra pleased with yourself, options range from taking the dog out with you to wishing happy Christmas to passers-by.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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