The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
– Robert Frost
You may think that running is all about burning calories and lowering your resting heart rate, however, there is so much more to it than that. Obviously, it is true that running is great exercise. But, it has many more benefits than just the obvious physical ones. If you want an exercise that enhances your mental and emotional well-being as well as your physical fitness, take a look at these benefits running has to offer.
Running is as good for your mind as it is for your body. Although you might feel like crawling under the covers when you’re feeling down, a better option is to lace up your running shoes and hit the streets for a jog.
- As you run, you can practically feel your anxiety leaving your body.
- Exercise reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
If you are looking for a way to widen your social circle, running is a great way to do it. Whether you choose to run outside or around a track at the gym, you are bound to encounter other runners.
- This provides you with a great opportunity to find a running buddy who can help make the miles fly by.
- Making new friends with similar a similar interest can help to stave off feelings of depression and anxiety.
Running is also a great activity that you can do without anyone else. If you prefer an activity that allows you some solitude, then running is right up your alley.
- Unlike engaging in team sports, running is something that you can do by yourself, at your own pace, and on your own schedule.
- Running alone gives you time to think, reflect, and be alone with your thoughts.
Another great benefit of running is that you can do it anywhere.
- Choose a different route each day.
- See your surroundings in a different way and appreciate the nature that is all around you.
As you run, you can simply focus on the movement of your body and enjoy the experience of the endorphins releasing in your body.
- This feeling is similar to that of a drug-induced high, but with running, there are no nasty side effects.
- It’s a no-lose situation.
So, stop thinking of running as a chore. There are so many benefits that, if you take a look at it again, you will see it is really a joy. That hardest part is just getting started. But, if you take it one step at a time, you will quickly learn to love everything about running.