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Seven Psychological Benefits Of Running
Seven Psychological Benefits Of Running
Running has been recommended by many doctors and therapists to people
who are in the quest to improving their mental health. This is because
running, like other exercises, unquestionably takes care of the mental
health as efficiently as it does to one’s physical well-being. There are many
psychological benefits of running, but here are the seven most cited:
1. Reduces stress and anxiety
Runners are known to be less stressed and are more able to deal with their
daily stressors effectively. This is attributed to the fact that running
refreshes their thoughts, keeps their minds off worries, and gives them
ample and undistracted time to think, reflect, and concentrate. In addition,
according to some reports, running is more efficient in addressing anxieties
better than medications.
2. Enhances mood
When running, the body produces a substance called endorphin
(endogenous morphine) that creates a different sense of euphoria. This
state of euphoria is called runner’s high basically because after running,
individuals are in a good mood, are happier, and indescribably feel better.
Runner’s high is also believed to be responsible for the runners’ seeming
“addiction” to running: Because they are always intensely post-euphoric,
runners keep running every chance they get.