10 miles a week

I do have a goal to run 10 miles a week. Whether I am able to achieve this goal or not is an entirely different question. After all, exercise is medicine. It’s free but it takes time and effort – definitely an investment on ourselves.

Running can improve circulation, helps with oxygenation to our hearts and other vital organs. It also helps to regulate blood glucose, stimulate endogenous endorphins to help with mood and pain.  When I run, that’s the time when creative ideas come to mind, when all my troubles go away temporarily and when I can focus on attaining my personal goal – perhaps one more step, one more breath and one more mile.

  • So why don’t we all run more often?
  • What’s preventing us from running?
  • How do we begin the first step to run?

Procrastination is my biggest enemy. That’s always an excuse – no time, no energy, no one to look after my kids!

As a pharmacist, I think of running as a replacement for anti-hypertensives, oral hypoglycemics, statins, antidepressants and many other medicines.  Would you rather take more pills or start moving your body so you don’t need to take those pills? I would.

You can’t say I am a pill pusher!

Have a wonderful day and hope you can also take advantage of the nicer weather to run more often – make it your goal to run. It can be a short mile or a marathon. You decide. It’s your health.


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My name is Cynthia Leung and I am a practicing pharmacist in Kingston Ontario, Canada. This blog is for me to share my ideas, opinions and perspectives on how medications are used in our health care system. Note that these posts are my own opinions and do not represent the opinions of my current or former employers and / or organizations that I may belong to. Any possible case scenarios described in my posts would be modified to maintain patient confidentiality. This blog is not a platform for professional advise for patients or health care providers and the content is not meant to support any clinical decisions or replace professional opinions. Also the images are either taken or created by the author, or adapted with permission. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts!

4 thoughts on “10 miles a week”

  1. A wonderful post about the advantages of exercise without being preachy. Just perfect. I don’t run, but I walk as much as possible with a goal of 10,000 steps, which equates to about 3.5 miles based on stride length. Again, less medication is always better! ~nan

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