By Nia Walsh '20
Track is a sport that many love. It keeps you active, strong, and healthy. Fitting in time for a little exercise is always the way to go. Sometimes, you may want to work out, but can’t seem to find something that will fully engage your body or can’t seem to stay on track with your routine. Running is definitely recommended! It fully engages your body and is great for both your mental and physical health. Fontbonne Hall Academy has had a track team for many years now that has showcased the talent of running that many students have.
Track is a full-body exercise that benefits you in many ways. When you run, you are involving your whole body and targeting most muscles, thus making them stronger and healthier. Some benefits of running include strength in your bones and connective tissues, reduced risk of injury, and better balance and proprioception. When you begin to exercise and/or run, your body breaks down the muscle and grows it back stronger. However, this doesn’t come free- the price you pay is soreness. But this shows that it is working and you are getting stronger!
Another benefit of running is the reduced risk of injury. Certain muscles that are injury prone can be trained when speed running (running or any movement at a fast velocity). According to runnersworld.com, an article written by Pete Magill titled “10 Health Benefits of Speed Training That Go Beyond Faster” says that speed running “puts your mussels through a fuller range of motion, improving flexibility.” With proper running and exercise, your body will strengthen injury-prone muscles and make them stronger in no time!
Running also makes for better balance and proprioception, which is awareness in your body's movements and positions. Magill says that certain exercise such as “running backward, side steps, and single legend exercises” really helps with balance and strengthening the body. All of these topics along with many others can benefit your body and make running worth it!
Students at Fontbonne Hall Academy have recently signed up for the new and upcoming track season. Their first meet will be on March 30th. Undoubtedly, they will do great! Having been on a high school track team in the past, I know that it is a wonderful experience that allows you to feel a sense of teamwork and determination. Track is both a fun extracurricular and a passion for many students that builds strength.
Track keeps your body strong and healthy, and can be very beneficial to both your mental and physical health. It is a great addition to Fontbonne's extracurriculars. Fontbonne’s track team will continue to train young women to do what they love and to work hard at it.