So about three years ago I started running. It was 1 km at first and even that I couldn't do entirely without a couple of embarrassing pauses. The pace was all over the place: sprinting for 15 seconds and then panting and walking for a minute etc. Sometimes I'd run three times a week, and then not run for a couple months.
But recently (as of this year), I've been doing my runs regularly: 3 times a week, about 5 km to 10 km depending on my mood, with a pace of about 6-something. I don't push myself hard for better times -- I think I can pull a 5km at a sub-6 pace without a problem... but sub-5 is gonna push me to the edge and I'd probably fail. I'm doing the runs to stay moderately healthy, not to win races. Although I do join the occasional 5k or 10k run. (I think I'll be avoiding 5k runs because they tend to be filled with people just strolling and there's never any space for me to run).
Anyways, I wanna mention that my life has been better thanks to my runs:
- Better sleep.
- Better stamina (in bed)
- Feeling less tired during the day. (I do my runs at night around 10 pm to avoid traffic, the sun, and so that I can shower and sleep right afterwards)
- Good stress relief. (my automatic response to stress now is an urge to run, which cures the aforementioned stress).
- Better digestion and bowel movements.
- Feeling more healthy generally.
- Feeling urges to do more outdoor activities. ("let's go hiking!")
Of course, my body hasn't gotten any muscular or whatever. I'm not doing my runs for looks anyways. If I wanted to look more muscular, I'd be lifting weights.
So ya... I'd recommend it. Track your runs because you're a gamer and you care about points and achievements and stuff