If you're a runner, you probably know the positive affects it has on your mood and your life. But do you know why running makes you happy? Here' why:
1.Physical Exercise Releases Endorphins: A run or other types of workouts release endorphins in the brain. Endorphins act as a natural drug that makes us more energetic and happier. Endorphins can kick in after or during a workout. There's a term called "runner's high" that most runners refer to when their mood is elevated after or during a run.
2.Running Gets You In Shape, Making You More Confident: Since running helps to get you fit and to your goal weight, you'll feel more confident, stronger and happier with your overall appearance.
3.Running Allows You to Set Goals: Running and training for races allow us to set goals and accomplish those goals. When we accomplish them, we are happy with ourselves and what we have achieved. The act of setting a goal and actively working towards it is what triggers happiness, so it's actually the journey towards that goal that leads to the most happiness.
4.Runners Are Very Social People: The running community is a very social group and they encourage each other to meet and exceed their goals. Ask a friend or two to do a running challenge with you or try joining a social group of runners and set goals that you can achieve together while reaping the benefits of the added support.
5.Running Improves Your Self-Esteem: Increasing endorphins, getting more fit, and working towards a goal all work together to increase your self-esteem. If you have increased self-esteem then you are generally a happier person overall.
So head out for a run today and set a new fitness goal to be a happier, healthier you!
5 Reasons Running Make You Happier