Running can boost your state of mind

Body & Mind
Balanced and structured physical activity can boost your health, immune system and it is known to be the most efficient mood elevator improving the overall quality-of-life. While scored as an intense activity, running might not be for everybody but it is recommend for almost everybody. 

Assessing your physical state and the optimum activity level your body can sustain, is key to ensure that a structured running practice is beneficial. It is so recommend to start this routine slow and monitored. 
That’s because running can be an absolute chore at first. Within a minute one is breathing hard, muscles start hurting within five, and after ten a lot of people have convinced themselves they won’t bother with running again. However as you continue to push yourself to go harder and faster, your body starts releasing endorphins. These hormones act as a stimulant in the body, resulting in what many call a "natural high."

Beside the physical benefits of running on a routine basis such as boosting your metabolism and burning some serious fat consuming major levels of calories intake, this activity has proven records of elevating your state of mind. There are numerous mental benefits of running and here are a few of the most effective ones.

 

Increase your creativity

The brains of runners have better-connected neural pathways essential for higher-level cognitive functions than sedentary people. Areas that worked especially well were those involved in working memory, multitasking, attention, decision-making and spatial and visual awareness. An increase in your heart activity benefits the oxygen flux in your body affecting the brain activity, which causes improvements of the overall cognitive processes.
 

Maintain high cognitive activity 

Running helps boosting the brain's ability to minimize and slow cognitive decline that begins usually after age 45. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that prevents degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
 

It calms you down

The physical activity and the level of chemicals released during and after running are known for inducing a general state of calm especially for those with high anxiety levels caused by the daily stressful quotidian or one off events on ones’ life.
 

Stress management. 

Running can control stress and boost the body's ability to deal with the mental tension. Even more running mitigates the negative effects that chronic stress has on your hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for learning and memory. Periods of prolonged stress weaken the synapses between neurons, causing a negative impact on your processing power. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps moderate the brain's response to stress.
 

The sunshine vitamin. 

If chosen, this form of activity is always highly recommend to practice it outside. A sunny day helps your body produce vitamin D, a nutrient that can lessen your likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms.


Brain activity booster 

Cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. A tough run increases levels of a brain-derived protein in the body, believed to help with decision-making, higher thinking and learning.

 

Overall, the fitness level you achieve from regular, shorter runs can add years to your life expectancy. There are so diverse reasons and proven records of why running is so beneficial to one’s healthy life, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, a better balance of good and bad cholesterol or lowering stress hormones. But most important is the improvement in your quality of life following a structured routine of such intense physical activity as running is.