Running can be as effective as an anti-depressant in treating mild to moderate depression and, better still, can also help prevent it…
Exercise has been positively linked to boosting mood, increased self-esteem, greater concentration and improved sleep; people report looking and feeling better. In fact, many studies reveal that people who exercise more than three times a week have less depression, cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and tend to keep their body weight stable.
As well as releasing natural chemicals that improve your mood and make you feel happier, stepping out into the sunshine or your local park for a run can help you connect with yourself and develop a sense of identity, by providing time out for just you.
It’s also a great way to meet people and become more social, and can create a welcome break during the middle of a stressful and busy day. Plus, being part of a running community not only increases your social networks, it can make you feel valued – and to value yourself. You may not realise it, but your family, friends, and colleagues will notice subtle but distinct changes in your physical appearance, demeanour, confidence and energy levels. Exercise has also been linked to increased productivity.
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May - June 2017