Running and anxiety – what’s the connection? Well, I can say from personal experience that running has been one of the no. 1 things that has helped ease my anxiety naturally.
In fact, it completely changed my life and I went from a complete non-runner (completely unfit, I did zero exercise for many years) to a marathon runner in just over a year.
I’m now looking at running ultra marathons. So, it’s safe to say, running made a big impact on my life.
The anxiety-reducing effects, as well as the fantastic effect it can have to lift your mood, are just a couple of the things that made me learn to love running and made me want to carry on and push myself to reach new goals.
While you may not want to be running a marathon any time soon, taking up running even a couple of times a week can have a great impact on your anxiety levels and you may well find yourself catching the “running bug”.
The reason so many people love running is that it really can make you feel amazing – it releases natural endorphins that give you a great sense of well-being. This seems to have a knock on effect too and continue to make you feel better long after your run…
Running in order to reduce anxiety is something many people won’t consider as a treatment. The benefit that physical exercise can have on mental health is nothing new, but it seems as though it’s something people often ignore.
Perhaps many people don’t realise what a powerful impact it can have on their mental health – I challenge you to give it a go, you won’t regret it!
Physical exercise can benefit overall mental health (in my opinion it can be more effective than any pill or therapy) but running in particular can have a significant impact on reducing anxiety and depression.
Better yet, it’s so easy to get started running, all you need is a pair of running shoes.
Here are 5 reasons why you should start running today
1. Running produces lots of feel good endorphins and can give you an overall feeling of calmness. If you run in the morning, this feeling doesn’t just disappear but will improve your overall ability to cope with stress throughout the day and manage your anxiety. Have you ever heard of the “runners high?” – it’s a real thing…
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