How Running Can Boost Your Mood


By Myprotein Writer

Jamie Bantleman

Regular bouts of running can help clear your mind – and the best part? It can be done anywhere!

Feeling a little down and not very motivated? Open your door and use the open road to let off some steam.

How Running Can Boost Your Mood

Going for short, long or medium runs can help you with your health and fitness.

As you feel fitter, you can incorporate things such as hill sprints and high intensity workouts to further improve your fitness. This type of training will also accelerate fat loss and, additionally, finding your body fat decreasing and health improving may help you feel more confident, positive and fulfilled!

Additionally, if you’re stressed due to the demands of the modern world, being away from that stress for a period of time can help greatly.

Going for a run whether it be down the street you live on, on a beach or around a mountain range, can help you to relieve the tension and stress and allow you to create solutions to any problems that have been caused through work or social life.

Exercise | A Natural
Mood Booster

Exercise is a powerful mood booster for several reasons…

Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm.

It also releases endorphins, which are powerful chemicals in your brain of which, when released, make you feel good.

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Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts.

Exercise also relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help.

Concentration for Maximum Benefit

To fully benefit from the mental effects of exercise, try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin.

By adding this mindfulness element—really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise—you’ll not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head. (1)

When endorphins release it may also help your concentration through the stimulation of brain cells. This can also improve self-esteem, as regular exercise can help individuals to reach and surpass goals personal goals.

For example: “I am going to run 1 mile is 6 minutes by January 2017”. Once reaching this goal, a sense of achievement will drive you towards meeting the next target in mind.

Exercise For Improved Sleep

You will also find that your sleep is improved when running or exercises in general. Due to high level of cortisol in many people, the circadian rhythm is disrupted greatly. This then causes further stress and frustration.

If you can incorporate a daily run or exercise programmer you will find that your body is tired enough to sleep and therefore rest and recover.

Once the body has rested, you will feel that your day to day lifestyle improves due to higher energy. This will both improve your working or social life and your ability to exert more energy when you go for runs or to the gym.

Exercising will provide you with a genuine tool to help mitigate stress or tension.

Take Home Message

How running can benefit individuals mentally:

Endorphin release helping brain stimulation

Improving your self-esteem

Better Sleep to improve rest and recovery

More energy

Exercise can be a tool to avoid alcohol and drug use to alleviate stress.


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