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4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

Running is for everybody. Being skinny, obese or fit, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be 10 miles to consider ourselves runners, but 20-25 minutes of running for beginners is quite good. I define running as nirvana between the body and mind.

Running is beneficial in every aspect. It is beneficial for overall health; it can raise the levels of good cholesterol; it can boost our immune system and it can help in every way, literally. The good news (since it’s an overall problem on a global scale): running can help us lose weight. Sorry for being Mr. Obvious, but that’s the truth. Actually running is the second most effective exercise considering burned calories per minute. First is cross-counrty skiing.

Many runners around the globe cling to the so-called “positive drug” of running. To some extent it is sweet torture for the body, followed by joyful experience. As people say, “nothing is for free”; neither is the happiness followed by the sweet torture. After all, it is still a drug — albeit a very positive one.

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There are 4 lessons you can learn from being a runner. Three of them are encrypted during the run and the last one is the joyfulness by the deciphered code.

Never underestimate yourself

Denis Waitley, motivational speaker and writer, says that “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” I have personally seen people older than 80 years in no physical shape run the full marathon. That’s my personal best motivator, that we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves.

Running can make us self-confident and boost our self-esteem. The experience in achieving a goal is widely known. Simply by the fact that we set and achieve a goal (to run 30-35 minutes or run 6-7 miles) we feel much happier and empowered.

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Runner’s meditation

Runner’s meditation is a form of meditation while moving your body. Our brain is relieved from bad thoughts and it is forced to think on our left-right legged frequent steps. Although it feels automatic, the brain is forced to give commands to every part of our body. By the fact that it gives commands to the body and makes symphonically perfected movements, it is relieved from the aberrations accumulated from everyday life.

After only a few minutes of running, the brain starts to relieve hormones that naturally improve our mood. One of them is the endorphin, or so-called “feel-good” chemical.

To grasp the runner’s meditation we have to be advanced runners. At the beginning we may struggle, but after a while we will be fall into whole new level of runner’s nirvana.

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The accordance of body and mind

Imagine as the body argues with the mind that he is always pessimist. The mind always hurts the relationship between them and the body always wins the argument.

The best way to see body and soul as one is with running. It’s the balance between the physics and psyche. If we lurk a bit inside the process of running, we can conclude that by the process in the physical world, the body forces the mind to make ourselves feel good. By doing the movement of running, the body drags the mind’s attention away from the negativity and, in a positive way, forces the mind to produce feel-good chemicals.

“The feeling”

Since we deciphered three of the codes, “the feeling” is the outcome of all three. It’s the feeling when we stop, when we stretch, eat a banana, and get a hot, steamy shower. While we are busy torturing our brain to release feel-good chemicals, we get prepared for the final feeling. I call it “the dessert”, except it’s not physical cake or something sweet. It’s like feeding the brain with cake without touching a spoon.

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We cannot explain how being in love feels or how being drunk feels. We can’t explain “the feeling” either, but we can give pretty good example of how to get to it. GO RUN.

Featured photo credit: Archi Trujillo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

The 20 Most Creative Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

Instagram allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. We use Instagram to capture what makes us smile, what brings joy to our life, and what we are passionate about, and the accounts listed below are sure to inspire you in turn.

Here are our 20 top creative Instagram accounts that you should be following today.

1. Humans Of New York

Brandon Stanton walks the streets of New York City taking street photography, and he gets his subjects to open up about life details that even many family members may not know about them. It makes you smile and connect with the images at a new level.

 2.  Paris in Four Months

Carin Olsson moved to Paris and is documenting every part of her experience, from the macaroons to the Eiffel Tower with all of its shimmering lights. If you want to go to Paris but can’t get there today, Carin will take you.

3. Civilized Caveman Cooking

George Bryant offers up more than his love for cooking Paleo cuisine as he shares more about life, joy, and happiness. His coined hashtag is #hugsandbacon.

4. Andrew Knapp

Andrew has taken the world by storm with his adorable version of Where’s Waldo? His version is Find Momo, and stars his border collie.

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5. Idafrosk

Ida Skivenes has developed a knack for food art. From the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Strawberry Fields Forever, she has recreated it all with food.

6. GrandmaBetty33

Grandma Betty is fighting cancer and is inspiring others to smile and be happy in life. She brings a smile to your face instantly and is like having your grandma right beside you.

7. Maya_on_the_Move

Tania Ahsan captures the world of her cute bulldog, Maya, on her adventures in New York. Maya makes appearances that will make you smile, laugh, and inspire you to go out and create something special.

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8. Leoleoparis

Leo captures the life on the streets of Paris. Most of his work is done in black and white, offering that iconic Parisian look.

9. Jacob Santiago

Jacob Santiago creates stunning, vibrant images around New York City, showcasing the architecture and streets. I’m sure you haven’t seen the streets of NYC like this before.

10. Julie’s Kitchen

Julie Lee showcases how everyday produce can create colorful art designs. At first glance, you think it is just a design; then, a second take illustrates that it is really fruits and vegetables.

11. iloveplaymo

iloveplaymo brings together photography and Playmobil toys in action. The images are up to date with current world events and everyday life.

12. “Red” Hong Yi

Red Hong Yi loves to paint without a paintbrush. Her style uses daily items to create lovely images.

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13. Alexis Diaz

A breathtaking artist from Puerto Rico who loves to paint murals. Alexis’s work is featured all over the world.

14. Murad Osmann

Murad Osmann is a music video producer, but his claim to fame on Instagram has been his photographs with his girlfriend leading him by her hand.

15. Simone Bramate

Simone Bramate is a storyteller who just so happens to take delightful photos as well.

16. Willie Kessel

Willie Kessel brings beach life right to your smartphone. Amazing surf and lifestyle images that take your mind off of all of the work and stress in your life.

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17. Nick Ulivieri

Nick Ulivieri is a talented photographer who loves to capture the windy city of Chicago and skies, especially during storms. His images are gorgeous and make you realize how wonderful life really is.

18. Jo Jerry

Jo Jerry’s landscape photos around Santorini, Greece, make you want to book a flight immediately. The bright colors and simplicity in the images make his photos stand out from the rest.

19. GoPro

GoPro uses fan-sourced images on their account that are all captured with a GoPro. Creativity to the max is used in these images and range from the grocery store to incredible surf.

20. Vin Farrell

Vin Farrell is a creative who works on the agency side for large clients and has a knack for photography. His iPhone captures amazing aerial images around NYC and the world.

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