There are many issues in our day to day life that we all go through which do take their toll on our mental health, however the benefits of running are often understated!
Decreases symptoms of depression
Multiple studies have concluded that regular aerobic exercise—and primarily jogging or brisk walking— reduces the symptoms of clinical depression. Strikingly, in one study, running was found to be as effective as an intervention for depression as psychotherapy. When study participants were assigned to one of three groups—a running group, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group, and a group that received both interventions—all three of the groups experienced a similarly significant decline in depressive symptoms, with little difference in outcome between the running and CBT groups.
Improves your ability to learn
Both high-strength running, in the form of (not needing oxygen) runs, and low-hit/effect air-using running can improve your ability to learn and keep/hold new information and vocabulary, according to findings in 2007, published in the journal, (the way our nerves and bodies work) of Learning and Memory. These benefits seemed to be more obvious in the case of high-strength running. However, both forms of running boosted levels of the protein BDNF (or brain-received/made from neurotrophic factor), and the brain chemical catecholamine, which are heavily connected with the brain‘s thinking-related (and learning) functions.
Sharpens the mind
The mental health benefits of running also include a sharper memory. When (people who work to find information) in Brazil subjected (sitting a lot), old rats to just five minutes of treadmill running (more than two, but not a lot of) times a week over the course of only five weeks, the memory center in the rats‘ brains reportedly experienced a sudden rush in production of BDNF, which led to results on rodent memory tests that were the same as those for younger rats.
Minimises brain aging
Running is a buffer against the effects of (old/allowing to get old/getting older) on the brain, according to research in Time magazine. Scientists set out to learn which was better for the(old/allowing to get old/getting older) brain, physical exercise or brain games. They found that physical exercise (in the form of running and other air-using activities) won the day, on the basis of brain scans showing a lower rate of brain shrinkage and thinking-related decline in old test subjects who were physically active.
Running and other energetic forms of exercise can reduce fear and stress-related signs of sickness and help you relax. In some studies, in fact, running may work as well as medicine torelieve fear and stress.
These evidenced benefits to sleep include regulated circadian rhythms, heightened daytime alertness, quicker onset of sleep, deeper sleep, and the reduction of symptoms in those with insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.