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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Running Toward Stress Relief

By June 2, 2010

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Today is National Running Day, which is a great time to bring up the stress relief benefits of exercise in general and running in particular. Running is particularly great as a stress relief technique for a few reasons:
  • Endorphins We may as well mention this one first: these feel-good hormones that are secreted when we run (sometimes leading to what's commonly referred to as "runners' high") can make us feel less stressed and more happy and relaxed even after we stop running or other exercise.
  • Release Pounding the pavement can provide a release for negative emotions and an outlet for frustrations.
  • Escape One of my avid runner friends has always remarked that she's 'running away from' the stresses of life when she runs. Running does provide a nice change of scenery and a sense of going somewhere else, on top of the other benefits.
  • Support There are many outlets for runners to hook up with other runners. There are also opportunities to turn running into a public service, like when participation in a marathon leads to helping a good cause. Support for training is also available to marathon participants, which makes sticking with running a much easier endeavor.
  • Fitness Physical fitness does more than just help relieve the stress of bikini season--it can supply energy and stamina to manage the stressors of the day and the challenges of life.
I've never been a big fan of running, but today I'm going to try it again, and this week I'm going to make it a point to get moving even more, whether that involves a treadmill, going on walks with my family, or carrying a pedometer and logging more steps than I'd normally take. How about you? Running Resources: ........................................................................... Join The Conversation or Get More Information: Facebook - Twitter - Newsletter - Bio - More Options ........................................................................... Photo from iStockPhoto.com
Comments
June 3, 2010 at 5:20 am
(1) Bev says:

With summer coming up, I’m going to be chasing my kids a lot. Does that count? :)

June 4, 2010 at 2:23 am
(2) Relationship problems says:

Let them play with their friends. Introduce them to various forms of exercise such swimming, cycling, and aerobics. Aerobics are very easy and useful form of exercise for kids. Exercise is the best stress buster for kids.

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