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Running: Good for the Body and the Soul

Updated on October 31, 2016

Although it can be a little rough on the soles of your feet, running is great for the body, and for the soul.

If you work out on a regular basis, you have already discovered that exercise makes you feel happy. No matter how good, or bad of a day you are having, running will definitely improve your mood. Some studies suggest that walking, or running on a treadmill, or outside for no more than 30 minutes a day could instantly boost someone's mood.

Studies have also shown that exercise protects you from anxiety, and depression. Moderate exercise can help people cope with anxiety, and stress even after the workout is complete. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.

Anyone who is in college, or tiring themselves out while trying to balance work, and a social life will find that moderate cardiovascular exercise is very helpful. It’s a healthy way to help you stay focused, and keep off those extra pounds that slowly creep up on you, especially during the holiday season. We have all been there; all of a sudden our favorite pair of jeans is too tight, and we resort to wearing leggings.

You know that exercise burns calories while you’re working out. The bonus is that when you exercise, the burn continues after you stop. Exercise also improves your brain power long after the workout is over. As you get older are you worried about well “losing it?” Studies have shown that running keeps you sharp, and helps to defeat age related mental-decline.

So, yes running might bother your knees, and your feet, but it keeps you focused and healthy. It also helps to fight cancer, anxiety and depression. Keep in mind, there are so many options when it comes to cardio, for example you can walk, run, ride a bike, or try the elliptical. Start slow, and work up your speed, and resistance as time progresses.


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    • B Brian Hill profile image

      B Brian Hill 2 years ago

      This is a great piece. Exercise is so important to living a healthy and productive life. It is great that you are encouraging it. I have begun running again and everything you say is true. Feeling better is such a big part of it.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I ran a marathon in 2011 and it was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life, not during but after. Unfortunately severe foot calluses occur when I run now, so I use that as my excuse to stay away from it. But I agree with your view that is beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. Great hub!

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      Samuil Hippi 3 years ago from Samoah

      Couple years ago I used to hate running, and avoid it as much as possible. But now I am happy to say I run at least 3 times per week and I absolutely love it! Just like you said, it is great for body and the soul and it makes you feel amazing!