Fitness Minutes: (591)
5 6/19/11 11:48 A
For me, running makes the music through my headphones sound incredible, makes me feel like I can do just about anything, and definitely reduces tension and stress for the rest of the day. I also find that everything outside smells stronger to me when I'm running - grass, flowers, grills. It doesn't always happen this way, but usually even a 3 mile run can bring the endorphins on. (On the days it doesn't, the running can be tedious.) I feel so fortunate that I can get that high from exercise. When people tell me they don't like to exercise, I wonder why they can't get that same great feeling.
According to some articles I have read over 38 years of running and its affect on the body, running (and all exercise) helps the brain to become sharper. What you do when you jog might help it even more. In college I would bring along 3 x 5 cards and study formulas for chemistry, math, and physics. (Of course I have forgotten all those by now....) Lately, as a commercial pilot, I study the book of rules on cards while I jog. I also memorize scripture and/or other inspirational verses while I jog.
Fitness Minutes: (18,135)
176 6/17/11 8:50 P
I am becoming a runner. I don't focus on outside stuff or think about anything beside myself. Breathing control and form are at the forefront of my mind. I enjoy my surroundings. When I'm done, I enjoy the secret of how wonderful it felt being there.
Research indicates that exercise improves your mental abilities and memory. I hope so because I have been jogging for 39 years and I need all the cognitive help I can get! Read books about "brain-gym". It helps your brain!
Fitness Minutes: (625)
123 5/25/11 10:14 A
It jars my brain around in my head. Not a big runner. I love to hike though!
Fitness Minutes: (38,329)
2,226 5/24/11 10:49 A
I go into this zone where all my problems, worries, and stresses disappear. I don't even remember what is going on the TV in front of me. For the rest of the day after, it helps me keep a clear, sharp mind and I feel so de-stressed.
Fitness Minutes: (3,685)
304 5/24/11 10:28 A
It always clears my head and soothes me. I wish I could have that feeling all day long.
Fitness Minutes: (28,032)
267 5/24/11 8:10 A
Running brings me peace - when I run it seems like whatever problem I have just goes away! What does it do for my brain? Well, running gets my brain back to 'right' - it's my time to organize my scattered thoughts; to work out a problem; maybe to play out a difficult conversation in my head (kind of a time to 'prep', if you will). Or sometimes it's even my time to let my brain shut off - just leave all those problems, questions, issues behind and think about nothing more than my breathing, my heartbeat, my footfalls. So, really, what it all comes down to is this: running is my therapy!
In running, the mind flees with the body. It makes you think that you can do the impossible that is possible if you just try. Running gives me clarity and makes me feel empowered. Running makes you happy and exhilarating all at the same time. I can do this.
So I ask you that runs, what does running do to your brain? How does running make you feel?
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