Running and Mood

It is common knowledge how great running is for your body and physical health but it can also improve your mood and outlook on life. Studies have shown that running can help with anxiety, depression, fatigue, and memory loss. It is just like how sometimes simply being outdoors on a beautiful day can renew your spirit and ultimately makes you feel good on the inside. Running outdoors has the same uplifting power being out on a sunny day. Read more on running and mood.

Running and Mood

It has been proven that running releases feel-good chemicals in the brain such as neurotransmitters and endorphins that can ease depression and improve your mental health. Running can also help reduce the chemicals in your immune system that can make depression worse. Depression is a serious problem in our society and it can be fought simply by running on a routine basis. A short refreshing run can also help depression simply by giving you a temporarily break from stress and in return improve your mood.

The mental and emotional benefits of running come not only from the physical chemical releases but also from the chance to time focused on only your thoughts and the path ahead of you. Being able to escape from the stress in your life by literally running away from your problems will also reduce tension, mental exhaustion and improve your mood. If you choose, you can use your run to think through tough decisions or as a temporary break from the burdens the rest of your life puts on your shoulders. 

Running and Mood


Running gives you greater control of your emotions like anger, confusion and fatigue.  The increase in body temperature caused by running also has a calming effect that helps with anxiety. Running has been proven to improve cognitive function and lower the risk of declining brain function as you get older. Most runners also experience an increase in energy after a vigorous run. Exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits by boosting your confidence. If you feel better about yourself physically and mentally then ultimately you can improve your overall mood and outlook on life.

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Running lends itself to an increase in social interactions, which is usually a guaranteed way to improve your outlook and mood. Running groups, charity runs and competitive runs may give you the chance to build relationships with other people who have similar goals and interests. Just by exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you pass another runner creates a feeling of good will that will improve your own mood as well as theirs.

Running gives you an opportunity to cope with life’s challenges; it treats depression and anxiety, while improving your brain function and building your confidence level.  Running can make you feel good inside and out due to its undeniable benefits. It is physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally rewarding so it is not surprising that running and mood is connected.

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