It is true that our current lifestyle is modern and endearing, but don’t you think it comes at the cost of our health? Every other person is affected by stress in some form or the other, which in turn has adverse effects on our mental and physical well-being. You might be unaware but stress can also lead to heart attacks and certain cancers. Although we can’t totally eliminate stress from our lives, we surely can take measures to help our body deal with it and try to get stress-free! And if it is as simple as going for a run, then why not?
Run for a Stress-Free Life
Running is not just for athletes or for people who want to lose weight. Besides its physical benefits of keeping your body fit, running keeps your mind fit as well. Before we decide to take measures against it, let’s first understand what is stress all about?
What is Stress?
Stress is nothing but our body’s response to difficult situations, which could be mental or physical. It is called the “fight-or-flight” response when the body decides to fight or flee. Our nervous system responds by releasing hormones which increase the heart and breathing rate as well. While some amount of stress proves to be helpful, prolonged or increased stress levels hamper the body’s normal functioning.
Effects of Stress
The after-effects of stress are many and can cause health issues if enough care is not taken. You must have seen how hypertension and anxiety appear as your body’s first responses to stress, making you incapable of handling any situation. Once anxiety hits you, insomnia immediately knocks on your door. This further leads to symptoms like depression, high blood pressure, stroke and immunity-related disorders. Few of the common stress-related issues faced by most people include headache, back pain, sweating, diarrhea etc.
How Running Helps To Be Stress-Free!
Soon after you start running, you’ll see a positive change in your physical and mental wellness. This is mainly because of the release of large amounts of endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormones that relieve you from stress.
Running not only enhances your lung function but also raises the levels of good cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, boosts immunity and lowers the risks of blood clots. This in-turn helps in preventing diseases like diabetes, breast cancer, and osteoporosis and lowers the risk of a heart attack.
Running gives you an excuse to get some fresh air which refreshes you and boosts your energy levels. It increases your muscle tone and lower body strength as well.
Running gives you ample time alone with your thoughts. It serves as an excellent way to clear your mind and relax yourself!
Also Read: 79 Thoughts That Go Through My Mind While Running .
If the above read has motivated you enough to go looking for your running shoes, you must also note that you should go about this step by step. Don’t forget your Warm Up Routine . You could begin with brisk walks and slowly upgrade to your daily run. When stress can be encountered with an antidote as easy as this, along with so many related benefits, why not include “running” in your daily routine and enjoy a happier, stress-free and healthier life at absolutely “no cost” at all!
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