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Why running is good for your mental health?



Sport has a profound effect on your physical and mental fitness and today to mark World Mental Health Day, here, at Run Ireland we talk through the benefits of running. Exercise.

When people consider running usually it’s for physical health benefits but there are also many above-the-neck benefits, too. The psychological benefits include; 

  • Reduce stress
  • Increased mental flexibility
  • Boost endorphins
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Boost overall mood and brainpower
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Prevent cognitive decline
  • Alleviate anxiety
  • Boost brainpower
  • Sharpen memory
  • Increase relaxation
  • More productive
  • Tap into creativity
  • Inspire others

Running is an aerobic cardiovascular exercise so when you hit the gym or pound the pavement such exercises enable your body to release chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body. Regular exercise helps many think more clearly to focus on and overcome obstacles in life that may be mentally straining.

Running increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress which eases dealing with existing mental tension.

Sometimes it is said that the hardest part about going for a run is getting out the door, instead of making excuses having the self-control and willpower to get up and go transfers to other areas of your life. Thus, running improves your cognitive ability which means that when faced with a situation you can adapt quickly and efficiently.

So, get inspired to exercise to improve your mental health, relationships, leading to a healthier and happier life overall.