I have been an avid runner for 15 years and enjoy it as an activity as well as a form of exercise.
Running is an incredibly effective way to get your body in shape and lose weight. But, it also does wonders for your mood. Although, running isn’t for everyone – after trying it and discovering how it improves your emotional well-being, just might change your mind.
Research has shown that running can alleviate depression by stimulating the release of endorphins to the brain. Endorphins are chemicals which are produced by the pituitary gland and generate feelings of euphoria as well as work with the brain’s neurotransmitters to promote positive thinking. Runners often talk about feeling energized after a long run and this is commonly referred to as a “runner’s high.”
It is recommended to start running at a slow pace, gradually increasing your speed to avoid giving out of breath and injuries. Also, beginning runners sometime find it difficult to stay motivated; therefore, you may want to team up with a friend or running coach to maximize your full potential.