Running and Mental Health

How does running affect mental health? Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. … It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.

Some of these include building confidence, stress relief, and the attitude boost of the runner’s high. Running is an aerobic cardiovascular exercise. It sends more nourishing blood to the brain, which can help you think more clearly. Running also releases your natural mood-elevating compounds. Muscles. Muscle strength increases with running, reducing joint problems, lowering blood pressure and improving all-round fi tness. Body shape changes can help self-confidence, too . Running starts with the legs — toning the calves, shins, hamstrings and quads. Traverse up hilly terrain and your glutes will reap the rewards. But running doesn’t just firm the lower body. In order to stay upright on the track, rely on your abdominal — or core — muscles. The lungs benefit also.
Runners have increased lung capacity from logging mile after mile. Those strong lungs come in handy if you ever find yourself on the other side of the race as a spectator. A runner’s WOOHOO! is loud and proud. 
Running stresses your bones. Essential minerals are sent to the bones when under stress, which makes them stronger. 
Once you start running, your confidence begins to grow. You’ll feel more in control of your life and your body.  So many benefits of running you would be mad not to ,we encourage all to run here at KH ,if you have never run before please join one of the C25K sessions they are a great way for your body to be introduced to Running.If you would like to know when the next C25K program will start please email or check our facebook page .