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CANRUNNER SparkPoints: (2,549)
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6/19/11 2:23 P

A side note to the brain stuff, runner usually have less sight problem as they age as opposed to non-runners.

CHEECHEE8 Posts: 101
6/19/11 12:03 P

Well I feel good after running....

22JERSEYGIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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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.

Edited by: 22JERSEYGIRL at: 6/19/2011 (11:50)
N16351D Posts: 2,349
6/19/11 9:48 A

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.

ENDORPHINES2 SparkPoints: (16,329)
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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.

PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
5/27/11 10:39 P

produces serotonin and dopamine

JWELL2011 Posts: 1,205
5/27/11 8:15 P

keeps me from punching people.

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (80,476)
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5/27/11 7:58 P

Helps me clear my mind for a while, what I really love is how it makes my breathing feel for the rest of the day. Clear and easy.

LEAHFELICITY Posts: 638
5/26/11 2:14 P

In the moment, I'm mostly monitoring my lungs and muscle strength (I have asthma), and sort of suffering, but afterward, I feel completely awesome.

JUMPINTHRUHOOPS SparkPoints: (33,766)
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5/26/11 2:05 P

I, like most others, find the running melts away my stress. I also get some fantastic ideas while running. It's great!

N16351D Posts: 2,349
5/26/11 10:04 A

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!

TJ_RED SparkPoints: (0)
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5/25/11 10:14 A

It jars my brain around in my head. Not a big runner. I love to hike though!

MAUREENV2 Posts: 3,851
5/25/11 10:04 A

Running is meditation for me. My mind completely clears of anything that is bothering me. It is addictive!

MLOVEJOY34 SparkPoints: (51,123)
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5/25/11 8:41 A

Running makes me feel free. As if I can do anything. I am new to it and training to run a mile without stopping. I am on week 2 and just love, love, love it!

HILDAWG SparkPoints: (963)
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5/25/11 8:03 A

running totally makes me bored... i concentrate to see where i'm going... look around... sing along with music but i'm still really bored and i'm glad when it's through LOL

PAT54982 Posts: 22
5/24/11 7:43 P

Running clears my mind and makes me feel so good about myself.

TACONES Posts: 4,713
5/24/11 6:35 P

Running can be addictive. I love it.

MINDBEND SparkPoints: (25,261)
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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.

SEANSMOM31 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/24/11 10:28 A

It helps me think clearly and focus better ..

MISSLIABILITIES Posts: 190
5/24/11 8:30 A

It always clears my head and soothes me. I wish I could have that feeling all day long.

SNAZZYMC SparkPoints: (28,276)
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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!
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TACONES Posts: 4,713
5/24/11 5:26 A

Running is my stress reliever. It heals my mind.

SUNNYARIZONA SparkPoints: (191,218)
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5/24/11 3:07 A

I am a walker and hiker now. But when I was a runner, I would deliberately try to find something to take my mind away. I loved the after affect, but really hated running.

ISEULTE SparkPoints: (12,558)
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5/23/11 9:01 P

Running helps me with stress relief. I can leave the house completely upset and wound up, and return smiling and ready to solve the world's problems. Running is my happiness drug.

TACONES Posts: 4,713
5/23/11 7:18 P

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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