We all love running; it’s that beautiful activity that provides so many benefits that outweigh the pain we go through when we’re about 3/4 of the way through one of our target races. It offers numerous benefits for both the body and mind. In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on the role of running in promoting mental health. I will discuss the importance of running for mental health and the ways in which it can benefit anyone that needs to clear their mind or find that release!

Running Boosts Mood and Reduces Stress

Running is an excellent way to boost your mood and reduce stress levels. When you run, your brain releases endorphins, natural chemicals that make you feel good. Endorphins have been found to improve mood, reduce stress, and decrease symptoms of poor mental well-being. Regular running can help maintain these positive feelings over time, improve mental well-being, and stomp out those evil demons sitting on your shoulder or running laps of the track in your mind.

Running Provides a Sense of Purpose and Control

Running can also provide a sense of purpose and control, which can be particularly helpful for individuals struggling with losing control of any situation. I’ve certainly been there, you feel like you are spiralling, and there is no way back from it. Setting and achieving goals can give individuals a sense of accomplishment and control over their lives.

Running Connects You with Nature

Running can also provide an opportunity to connect with nature, which has positively impacted mental health. Being outdoors and surrounded by greenery has been found to reduce stress and improve mood. Running can provide an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and connect with the natural world. When you are next out for a run, appreciate nature more, especially as the evenings get lighter!

Running Provides a Social Outlet

Finally, running can provide a social outlet, which is essential for well-being. Running with others can provide a sense of community and support, which can be helpful in managing symptoms of those negative thoughts that may be shrouding your brain. Joining a running group or club provides a sense of accountability and motivation, making it easier to stick to a running routine.

In conclusion, running can be a powerful tool for improving mental well-being. Running can boost mood, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose and control, connect you with nature, and provide a social outlet. Consider adding running to your self-care routine. Remember to start slowly and gradually increase your distance and intensity.

written by

Marcus Sladden

Digital Marketing Executive from Norwich

Age group: Open

Coach: Marc Scott

Functional Training Strength Training 10k marathon track & field half marathon