Children run for fun – to explore – to chase. But what was the purpose of adult Homo sapiens running?
“Today running is regarded as a form of exercise. But perhaps a jog in the park goes much deeper than that: It could be affirmation of the very reason that we are human.” - National Geographic
In the Beginning
Fossil remains suggest Homo sapiens originally ran to catch animals for food. It came down to survival. Early humans also employed running as a “get away” skill. Allowing them to escape from enemies – animals and other humans!
A definite advantage to being a swift runner.
Evidence also suggested running was helpful in getting to the “dead meat meal” first! Arriving before the scavengers.
We typically run because we want to – not have to. [Yes, there are cases of humans running away from others for self preservation.]
But mainly, we run for the benefits.
“Some of these benefits include potential weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, and an improved emotional state.”I would add to that list - glory and fame. For some of us : 0
The chief reason I run is to reap the psychological benefits!
Running keeps me sane – my head above water.
Why do you run?