Running to Be Happy
The more you run, the better you are in your life. According to the runners, this sport has changed their lives. So how can a simple physical activity influence our lives so much? Science has the answer.
Today, educational and professional pressures are global. Individuals are under increasing stress, anxiety, and even depression. In all, there are 350 million people in the world who are depressed. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sedentary lifestyles lead to insufficient physical activity among 80% of young people. Against these ills, people have found their medicine: running.
Those who do not jog are often skeptical about its real benefits. Especially since starting to run is synonymous with shortness of breath and no side effects. However, everyone can go at their own pace and quickly observe progress! Endurance is surely one of the simplest and least expensive sports with multiple benefits. Without class or age, its adepts are professional sportsmen and women, and young people with no particular sporting appetite. Because its consequences for mental and physical health are far from negligible.
The key to happiness?
English student Jiggsy Mcleod is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and since he started running he has been doing much better. At the end of a session, he comes out sweaty and happy, because running means cutting yourself off from everything and only thinking about your goals. And this feeling is not a belief, science explains it. Running releases two pleasure hormones, endorphins, and dopamine. This sport also relieves stress and anxiety, so the associated symptoms are alleviated (migraines, digestive disorders, etc.).
“In terms of day-to-day life running has just made me a lot more of a ‘stable person’. It just gives me time to think about life and understand the importance of living a healthy active lifestyle.” Jiggsy Mcleod, for Palatinat
To Be in Good Health
Regular athletes have better quality sleep and have a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. If you only run 5 minutes of running a day, then you are half as likely to have a cardiovascular disease! Running also protects against cancer by reducing the possibility of getting cancer by 23% and it strengthens bones and joints. In short, a runner lives up to 3 times more than those without regular physical activity. People then discovered these physical and mental benefits while running to lose weight, and PHYSICAL this sport can burn up to 800 calories per hour!
“From my perspective running has helped me with my mental health massively. Whenever I have felt down in the past or had a lot on my mind, I’d stick in my headphones and go for a run.” Jiggsy for Palatinat.
Photo Credits: Pixabay / Pexels ; @asoggeti / Unsplash
Sources: Sciences et Avenir, Palatinat, Futura Sciences, Performance Running
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