Wednesday, 6 March 2013

6 Ways Running & Fitness Can Help Fight Stress

It's been a while since I've blogged. W-Day (My wedding day!) is coming so I have been particularly busy, a little bit stressed out and in a bit of a hurry to tone up. My friend Ryan from the Calm Clinic has sent me a guest post to cheer me up, and oh how relevant it is! Enjoy x

6 Ways Running & Fitness Can Help Fight Stress

Modern life has given us a lot of convenience. However, it also made our lives a bit complicated. The complexity of life gave rise to stress and anxiety as a daily staple that we all need to overcome. While it is impossible to completely eradicate it, there are ways to reduce our exposure to stress. If you want to cope with stress better then lace up your shoes and start running.

Running can clear your mind

Most people turn to running to clear their mind. Running gives people a reason to go outdoors and positively escape from stress and anxiety. There are people that turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from depression. Not only this is damaging but it will just create more problems than it solves. Running will refresh your body and gives you more energy that lowers the levels of stress hormones. It is through running that your mind will become more focused about getting fit and healthy, all the while warding off any other negative thoughts about stress and anxiety.

Running can lead to better mental health

Running can give you better mental health. Exercise releases a lot of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Endorphins in the brain will give you a better mood. This will boost your self-esteem, confidence and awareness. The extra amount of energy that you get from running will make you more equipped to tackle situations where stress may be present.

Running can help you breathe better

Breathing is the most natural thing you can do. Breathing is the first thing any creature did when they were born. You can live days without food and water but you cannot survive more than three minutes without air. Air is every important in our lives yet it is one of the most taken for granted. Shallow breathing can breed anxiety and can fuel further stress. Learn to breathe deeply to allow your body to relax. Running gives you the opportunity to take in more oxygen into your lungs and promote better functioning of your vital organs in the body.

Running can help you get motivated

Physical activity is never easy. Use running to teach your mind to get motivated to tackle life’s greatest challenges. For example, if you are running uphill try to motivate yourself that you can do it and easily overcome the challenge. This leads to better confidence and reduces anxiety both in performance and in real-life situations. As you increase the length of time that you spend for running you become more determined at keeping on no matter how hard the going may be.

Running can make you feel better about your body

Running often leads to weight loss. A lighter you means a happier you. Let’s face it. Obese people often get a harder time to socialize. Their obesity made them lose their confidence in facing other people because they will always have this thought that they do not look better than those people who are physically fit. Fitter people get more friends and have a better social life. However, the more you indulge in running as part of your exercise regimen you will be able to lose weight easily. Running will give you better self-c0nfidence knowing that you can have more friends if you stay fit. 

Running helps you achieve optimum health

Health is wealth. Getting sick is farthest in the minds of fit people. This is one stressor less to worry about. Running can lower your risk against hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and even the onset of type-2 diabetes. You will feel more energetic when you regularly run for fun.

Running is the most natural exercise you can do. You need very minimal equipment to do it. Try to start slow and gradually move up when you are able to do so. You will soon find out the myriad of benefits that running can do to make your life better and easier.

About the Author:
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years.  He now dedicates his life in writing articles that will help people in coping with anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depression. You can read more of his writings at Calm Clinic.


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