I know that a mile, when we are discussing fitness, marks many things. It is different for each person. 1 mile for me, when I first began running a single mile was my first goal. The first milestone that for me, marked that I had made progress. Then that mile became my “you’re almost home” mark. Then I used the mile for fartleks and speed training. Then…after I pulled ligaments in my foot, the mile was my “this is resting” distance. When I amped up my yoga teacher training, I stopped running all together because I was terrified of getting injured and not being able to finish teacher training. Now, I am staring my new running program in the face again. Getting reaquainted with my old friend…the mile.
I really think people discount this distance when they take a look at their fitness routines. That makes me a bit sad because a mile can be a great many things.
The target. 1 mile. ANYONE can walk or run a mile. It is a mere 5,280 feet. For the average person, that is only about 2000 steps. It will take you about 14 minutes to walk that far. (maybe less) It will take you about 7 – 10 minutes to run it. The health benefits of 10 minutes of cardio training each day FAR outweigh anything else on your calendar right now.
The bully. 1 mile is GREAT for speed work. You can really push for that small of a distance and not have to worry too much about injury. Fast miles make you faster and stronger.
The friend. 1 mile distances are great friends for your other training. If you are a swimmer, running miles can improve your leg and ankle strength. Crossfit? Add a mile into your other training to increase stamina. Lifting weights? Adding mile training into your workout will help with conditioning and won’t have impact on your gains.
A companion. Even the tiniest of kiddos can join you for a mile jaunt. Grab up the kids or the critters and make it a family affair.
A life saver. Ever thought about whether or not you could escape danger if necessary? If you train for 1 mile runs, you are very likely to be able to outrun most dangerous situations. Get the miles in so you can survive the zombie apocalypse!
Your doctor’s best friend. If you run 1 mile a few times per week, your medical professional will be tickled pink. It only takes about 5 miles per week to really see improvements in your blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health.
Miles are so underrated. They have a HUGE impact on our health and don’t require a whole lot of time from us. Let’s cozy up to them and make friends so that we can find our best health.