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When You Start To Pick Up Running, These 13 Amazing Things Will Happen

When You Start To Pick Up Running, These 13 Amazing Things Will Happen

Many of us know that running is good for us, it helps build up your stamina, builds a stronger heart and helps to burn calories. Many of us also know, it’s not easy. So here are a number of reasons why you should try and start running.

You Will Feel Better

No matter how good or bad you feel, exercise will make you feel better. It goes beyond just the “runner’s high”— that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. Even if you’ve never run before, start out by walking and jogging so you can build yourself up.

Your Self Esteem Will Improve

Need one more excuse to go green? Runners who ran outside and snagged a good view of nature showed increased self-esteem post-workout than those who didn’t enjoy their surroundings. So find a route or trial you love and just run and enjoy it!

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You Will Look Better

Everyone knows that exercising burns calories and helps to shed those pounds, but what many people don’t know is that running helps to burn calories even after you’ve stopped working out. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn,” that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise.

You Will Get A Natural Glow

Believe it or not, working up a sweat can rid the face of all the things that clogs pores and leads to breakouts. A solid sweat session can also boost natural oils, keeping things fresh and healthy.

You Will Improve Your Posture

Running doesn’t just help you lose those extra pounds but also put your body in perfect shape. It tones up the body, develops your waist line and helps you keep a high head. Good posture has also been proven to psychologically make you feel better about yourself too.

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Your Knees Will Get Stronger

Running increases bone mass and even helps stem age-related bone loss. Many people think that running actually damages your knees. Science, however has proven that it doesn’t, according to research carried out by a Boston University researcher, running helps to improve knee health. Just be sure to run correctly so that you don’t damage your shins or your Achilles tendon.

Your Heart Will Get Stronger

Even a moderate running routine can benefit in maintaining your heart health by decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol). It also helps to lower blood pressure and improves cardiac functioning.

For those who who may already suffer from cardiovascular diseases, researchers proved that running 16 miles per weeks stops the advancements of heart disease and running and running up to 22 miles a week can reverse the effects of developed cardiovascular diseases.

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Your Stamina Will Increase

Running regularly will improve your stamina, making workouts more enjoyable and productive. By increasing your stamina you will also help develop the effectiveness and strength of your lungs. It also means you won’t be panting as much or gasping for air, like in the first few times you might try running long distances.

Your Sleep Will Improve

People suffering from Insomnia should stop taking sleeping pills and try running as a treatment to get that precious sleep. Researches conducted on Insomniacs proved that on the day when they ran, they were able to sleep within 17 minutes compared to the regular days without running, which took them 38 minutes to sleep.

Even for those of us who don’t suffer from insomnia running can help how quickly we fall asleep and also the quality of it too!

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You Will Be More Focused

Running is very helpful in enhancing mental abilities. Studies conducted on British workers proved that on days when they worked out they could concentrate better, they made fewer mistakes and they worked more productively as compared to the days when they didn’t work out.

You Will Meet New People

Some runners enjoy the quiet and solitude of running on their own, but others see running time as social opportunities. Finding a running buddy or running with a group is a great way to develop a sense of community. You can set goals and accomplish them together. In addition, having a regular running buddy or running group is a great way to stay motivated to run.

You Will Save Money

If you can’t afford a gym membership or fancy gym equipment for your home, do not worry! All you need to run is a pair of trainers. The world is your treadmill so go and explore!

You Will Help Others

Running can also be used as a way to contribute to society as a whole. Many races benefit charities, and some charities offer race training in exchange for fund-raising. Running for something that’s bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training and can make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.

Not only will you gain from a range of physical and metal benefits that come with running but you can also help those in a small to a wider community. You may even want to compete yourself, in marathons or cross country. So why not try it and see where it takes you?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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