I’ve been running for a while now and whilst I love the physical fitness benefits it provides: feeling fitter, being able to hit a new PR and running longer distances, something that I have found it has a profound impact on is my mental health.
Getting outside and running always makes me feel really good. To be fair, going on a long walk does too but not in the same way that running does. Running gives me such a boost. I love being outside in the fresh air and I don’t even mind if the weather is bad. The accomplishment of getting outside and working out but also physically travelling somewhere gives me a surge of positivity that changes my mindset for the better, for days afterwards. Running outside and choosing my route, going through different areas where I live is one of the main things I love about running.
There’s something so good about not just running indoors, at a gym staring at a wall or a TV and I think this has a lot to do with how running makes me feel mentally. If I’m having a bad day (or several of them) then I know that going for a run, even if at first I might be lacking the motivation to do so will 9/10 times make me feel better. Sure there has been the very odd occasion where it hasn’t helped completely but it’s still had an improvement on my mood for sure.
Running is something I look forward to, something that that makes me happy and I really never thought it would be that way. Before I started running the thought of it was something I had laughed at previously. I could never see myself loving cardio, like really loving it, but I do. I genuinely love running and all that it’s done for me and I don’t think that will ever change.