Your Brain on Running – Women’s Running


As anxiety levels across the nation skyrocket due to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, running may be the closest thing we have to a mental health panacea. While races may be canceled and running groups split apart by social distancing mandates, getting out to run regularly is as important as ever. It’s the chill pill many of us need right now.

Multiple studies have demonstrated that running and other forms of aerobic exercise have profound abilities to lower anxiety levels. For example, one fascinating study in 2012 by the University of Maryland showed how moderate aerobic exercise may not just help people zen out in the moment, but cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time post-workout. The researchers found that participants were less likely to be rattled by emotionally arousing images they were exposed to after they cycled for 30 minutes than…

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