Freedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFPFreedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFP
Freedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFP

Why do we love to run? Not just to relieve stress – it’s about freedom, achievement and competition, too

  • Research suggests a lot of the pressures in ordinary life are also experienced in endurance running, meaning it is not as much of an escape as many think
  • Three factors motivate runners to compete, the research shows

Topic |   Wellness
Freedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFPFreedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFP
Freedom, achievement and competition play huge roles in why endurance running remains so popular. Photo: AFP
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