How can running be your first step towards a better mental health
Running is described as one of the most accessible form of physical workout as it requires no prior training, no equipment and no overwhelming fees. Most of us start running because of the physical benefits it has unaware of the positive impact it has on our mental health.
Researchers say that running is the most useful exercise for improving mental health, emotional wellbeing and reduce stress and anxiety level.
Let’s dive deep into how running can be your unpaid therapist;
RUNNING AS A STRESS BUSTER
With the glorification of hustle culture in the past few years the youth is stressed almost every hour of the day which has led to an increase in the level of stress hormone Cortisol. Running daily can help reduce the concentration of this hormone in our bodies. Simultaneously it also helps in release of endorphins – the feel-good hormone which promotes a better emotional wellbeing
RUNNING AS AN ANTIDEPRESSANT
RUNNING AS A FORM OF MEDITATION
RUNNING AS A CURE TO LONELINESS
RUNNING AS A REMEDY FOR MENTAL CONFUSION
RUNNING AS A CATALYST FOR SLEEP
RUNNING AS AN AID FOR PROBLEM SOLVING
RUNNING AS A SLEF ESTEEM BOOSTER
RUNNING AS A HEALTHY DRUG
After your run a biochemical substance endocannabinoid is released in your body which through the bloodstream moves to the brain. This naturally produced chemical is very much similar to cannabis. This provides short term feeling of reduced stress and calm like cannabis. So why get high when you can get runners high
Running really has that capability to help you heal from inside but make sure to get proper rest between your runs, eat a balanced diet and check your water intake. If you are new to running and your body is not habitual of this much exertion or you are not taking proper rest you may experience soreness in your muscles. A foam roller can greatly help you in getting rid of sore muscles and loosen up the tension. Running really can do wonders for your mental health. So, start running because you are just one run away from a better you.