We have heard often that running makes mind calmer. And, it rightly does. But, not many have looked at the scientific aspect of the same. Looking at how running brings changes to our mind would help us understand ourselves and our brain better.
Let’s check out some ways in which our mind reacts to running and the science that goes behind it all!
Running Lifts Your Mood
While one may feel fatigued by running, there is this feeling of contentment and a surge of energy once you’re done.
This is due to the fact that the brain releases endorphin, which is the “feel good” hormone when we run. The release of this hormone lifts the mood and makes you feel fitter.
Other neurotransmitters include dopamine, which stimulates feeling of pleasure, and serotonin, which plays a role in mood-regulation.
Takes Away the Stress
If you’re having a stressful day at work, it has its effects on your body. The hypothalamus in the base of the brain sends a signal to your pituitary gland and together they signal the adrenal glands, above the kidney. As a result, adrenaline and cortisol are produced. While this would make you anxious and not help the preparation, going on a run would take away the stress.
Running is Meditative
In a world where we surround ourselves with smartphones, there seldom is time to meditate. Running can give you the space in life that you need for yourself. Since it is a solitary activity, running lets you have time with yourself.In addition to this, keeping out of the chaos of the day for 30 minutes can relax your brain a lot. This would further lessen the stress and give you a healthier life altogether.
Running is an activity that makes a lot of changes to our body. Most of us know the physiological changes that come with running but, the mental ones are not talked about alot. Since the brain operates all the functions of our body, it is of utmost importance to understand the effect of running on it.
One cannot say that running is the solution to all psychological and physical problems but, it does help. And, what running does to our body is unmatchable