Running has a lot of benefits to our overall health! The most general and wide known facts about jogging tell us that it improves our cardiovascular health, helps us add muscle and also increases our bone density.
It also improves blood sugar levels, strengthens our lungs, boosts our immune system, helps us lose weight, and improves our overall fitness.
But have you noticed the way you feel after getting that 5km run? You are feeling happy and you are not sure why.
Here are some of the reasons!
It Releases Endorphins
Scientists have been aware for a long time now that exercising releases endorphins in our brains. Endorphins are natural painkillers that our bodies produce. They are supposed to minimize discomfort and are a kind of self-defense mechanism of our bodies. But endorphins have an effect on us as they make us more energetic, awake and generally happier.
The hormone leptin is also connected with giving us a euphoric effect when released. During our run, this hormone will also build up in our bodies and allow us to feel much more euphoric than usual. The effects do not last long but are more than rewarding when we finish a hard and long run.
If you are having a bad day and nothing goes your way, physical activity can stress you out. Running, in particular, is a great stress reliever. At the same time, you are pushing your body to the limit and thinking about things that are not related to stress. Clearing your head and letting your mind wander is the best way to stress out. Also, don’t forget some music, it helps as well.
The Feeling That We Get when we are In Shape
If you run regularly, you will notice your body change. Your endurance will rise up, you will start losing weight and you will generally increase your fitness. As you do so, you will become noticeably happier with the way you look. If you manage to achieve your fitness goals, even if they are quite low, we will start getting a sense of accomplishment that we were able to achieve something. Getting your body in shape or getting the appearance that you’ve always wanted is good for our confidence and makes us a lot happier.
Running does not have to be an individual sport. Some people who simply want to clear their minds prefer jogging alone and listening to music. But some people like doing it in packs or with their friends. Jogging can be a social sport and you don’t have to do it alone. You can go to a park together with your friends and compete against each other. Also, if you start doing it alone you can meet other people who have the same goals as you do.
Meeting other people and creating social connections will further increase your sense of belonging. All of it will result in you becoming happier rand it is all thanks to running.