Sunday, December 12, 2010

Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise and The Mile Run

  • Running can have many psychological benefits. Most significantly runners typically report being happier and feeling less stressed than their counterparts who do not run or exercise regularly.
  • Running actually has the ability to alter an individuals moods because hormones called endorphins are released while running.
  • Running has also been reported to alleviate stress in most runners. There are a number of factors which may contribute to running lowering stress levels.
  • One of the most obvious reasons is the act of running allows the individual to focus on the task at hand instead of being worried or stressed about work, family or other stressors in his daily life.
  • Additionally, running can be very challenging on the body which can result in the individual feeling a sense of accomplishment by completing the run which shifts the focus of his attention from negative stressors to a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • Other improvements for students are higher test scores, better attendance rates, less discipline necessary, self-efficacy, and accomplishment. 

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