The Mental Benefits Of Running
What exercise can do for your mental health is quite amazing. Running has the most powerful impact on it! After a run, you’ll feel fantastic and have more energy to take care of yourself or others in need because of all that running does for our moods and stress levels.
Whether we’re talking about physical fitness benefits like increased endurance, weight loss, better cardiovascular function; emotional benefits such as improved self-esteem from feeling accomplished at achieving goals set during previous workouts; social/family aspects.
Running with friends or family members improves relationships and reduces the risk of loneliness; mental benefits such as improved cognitive function lowered anxiety or Depression, decreased symptoms of ADHD–the list goes on.
The mind is a powerful thing. It controls how we think and act, which can affect our physical health.
Of course, running is excellent for losing weight or building your cardiovascular system, but it also benefits the inner essence of who you are! Here’s what I mean:
1) Decreases Stress
Stress is a mental state of mind, and no matter how you may hate to admit it or believe it, you do cause your Stress. When we allow the situations in life to affect us internally by feeling stressed out about them, then we’ve given power over that situation – as well as our minds- because, without this external force affecting us so strongly, there would be less need to worry.
Running is a great way to take your mind off of work. It allows you to focus on deep breathing and the scenery around you, so it’s like stress therapy for your body!
2) Increases Self-Esteem
Running is not just for people who want to lose weight, but it’s also a great way to keep the pounds off.
It helps your mental and physical health tremendously when you run regularly!
You’ll start feeling more confident in yourself because of that runner’s high after every workout session – I know this from experience.
And as time goes on, running will become more accessible than ever before, so don’t be afraid if you’re new at it or starting slow: soon enough, exercise will feel like second nature and something you enjoy doing again and again!
As long as there are no medical restrictions against exercise (and even then!), give running a try today with these easy tips about how to get started right away.
3) Increases Feeling of Freedom
Running is a great way to feel free – free from all the challenges and obstacles that life sometimes delivers. When you are running, there’s a sense of freedom.
You can go where you want at the speed you want, and no one or thoughts will hinder this liberty!
Being outside in nature also has an immediate calming effect on our moods – something more challenging to achieve when we’re confined indoors for long periods without access to green spaces near us (typically offices).
But if it does take a physical activity like running outdoors for your mind to quiet down, then so be it; after all, feeling stress-free should not come with any strings attached!
4) Decreases Depression
When you are running, your brain automatically releases beta-endorphins. These neurotransmitters can help fight Depression by boosting the mood and releasing happiness chemicals like serotonin to improve one’s overall wellness.
The “runner’s high” feeling that people experience after a run is partly due to this release.
The “runners’ high” sensation we get when our body produces these happy hormones may be an essential tool for fighting against depression symptoms as well, if not more so than medication or therapy alone!
It’s no secret that running is a great way to get in shape, but did you know it may also be the key to feeling happy and content?
If you have ever been experiencing Stress from work or other life events, try incorporating more runs into your routine.
Not only will this help with weight loss, but it can make you feel better about yourself!