Running To A Happier Future

April 2, 2020

Running is the greatest sport in the world. It's open to people of all abilities, can be enjoyed alone or with friends, and will make you a happier person. Fact.

Millions of people from varying attribute regular running to their enhance levels of happiness. Here's why it can work wonders for you.

1| Running Boosts Mental & Physical Health
There are many reasons to love running from a health perspective. As long as you respect your body, serious injuries are far less frequent than in contact sports. Whether starting a Couch to 5k plan or taking on a marathon, running sessions offer the following health boosts;

  • A spike in serotonin levels.
  • The release of endorphins.
  • Burn calories and build muscle.
  • Boost lung capacity and blood pressure.
  • Feel pride after completion.

Running is additionally the perfect opportunity to get a break from the stresses of modern life. Breathing in the fresh air while allowing yourself to drift away with the sound of nature (or your favorite tunes) will work wonders.

2| Running Provides Structure To Your Life
Whether getting fit for health benefits or to improve sporting performance, structure is a key feature. Many people use outside support for motivation and accountability. However, running instantly gives you a stronger platform to build upon. Popular strategies include;

  • Running in the morning to set you up for the day.
  • Running at night to relax the mind and prepare you for bed.
  • Running set distances or times on set days, at any given time.

Others also incorporate running to or from work into their strategy. Either way, maintaining a running plan can work wonders for managing your schedule. And preventing procrastination. All aspects of your day can reap the rewards.

3| Running Can Provide A Source Of Light
The running community can be hugely supportive when you need it most. Most runners are happy to talk about the sport without prying into your personal life. This escapism is hugely beneficial during tough moments. Other ways to use running to your advantage in this way include;

  • Tick off a bucket list item like running a marathon.
  • Enjoy the fun atmosphere of ParkRun and organized events.
  • Raise money for a charity.
  • Help others by being the emotional support they need.
  • Help others by training them or sharing running tips.

Better still, once you've purchased the right sports apparel, you can go for a run whenever you want. When you feel the need to do something positive, this is your simple solution.

4| Running Gets Noticed By Others
There's no escaping the fact that the words of others can make or break our spirits. The many benefits offered by running, physically and mentally, will get picked up on by people around you. In turn, the positivity and interest in how you've improved your life can enhance many experiences. Such as;

  • Boost your confidence at home or around friends.
  • Feel a noticeable improvement when playing with the kids or grandkids.
  • Bolster your confidence in public places.
  • Improve your confidence levels at work.
  • Feel happier and less conscious in the gym or sports club.

The comments gained from friends, relatives, colleagues, and passersby will give you another reason to smile. If that doesn't inspire you to put on your running boots and download a running App, nothing will.

*contributed post*

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