Running is one of the most advised ways to improve self esteem. With the rising of different epidemics today that involves with addiction, running can help someone take the other side of the road- away from addiction. Running may be meaningless to some people until they try it.
Running benefits every person in so many ways. It may surprise you with its benefits you thought never existed. With the benefits it can give and the fact that it can be freely done, set other ways to improve self esteem aside until you really need them. Here are some of the benefits of running to both your mental and physical health and even your social life.
Running has been called a positive addiction. I have seen first-hand the empowering effects of harnessing obsessive compulsive tendencies to move in a positive direction.
Addictions to drugs, alcohol, food and other personality compulsive disorders can be replaced with hope, improved self-esteem and positive goal-setting.
This change sounds too good to be true, yet time and time again I have seen examples of people overcoming adversity through the simple act of placing one foot in front of the other.
Runners are quick to confirm the calming effect that comes from their sport. The sense of confidence from a short run allows them to really take charge of many thoughts in their lives, and to provide them a perspective on the things they cannot control, but still must face. Managing the stress caused by many of these challenges becomes attainable. Often simple innovative solutions come to the runner — running provides a space for clear, simple thinking.
The negative addiction can be traded for a positive life-long habit. The compulsive nature of addiction to smoking, drugs or food can be suppressed temporarily and — over time — controlled.
Writers for years have delighted their readers with great prose about the “runner’s high.” However, most runners I have spoken with say they have never experienced a runner’s high. Rather, they experience a very calming mental state and feel in control and physically rejuvenated after each run.
Stress in our lives leads to addictions. Couples are often faced with conflict in their relationships. We are faced with personal, economic, community, travel and work stress. Added to this, Canada has been at war, which creates huge stress for many people. Running can be a great stress-buster.
In addition, we often run in groups for the motivation. The power of the group not only has a tremendous impact on our running consistency, but it also adds a whole new social fabric to our sport. The group run builds a sense of community during a time our world needs more community.
If you are facing the challenge of fighting an addiction, find a group. My rule is that a group must be a minimum of three runners. A running buddy can legitimately miss a run for valid reasons. If there is only two of you in your group suddenly you have this excuse: you were prepared to run but they let you down. It can become easy for you to skip the run, blame your running buddy and fall into the old bad habit or addiction.
With at least three of you, the odds are on most occasions at least two will show up. This commitment to the group increases your personal commitment to running; now you are committed to run not just for your own personal goals, but also for your group. A group can be some family members, a group of neighbours, people at work or other friends in the community. If you have no friends that run, then stop by the local Running Room any Wednesday evening or Sunday morning. There is always a group of people ready to run, and someone at your pace. Don’t worry about being too slow or too fast — just be excited like you were as a kid going to ball practice. Think of your running as play time. A time to meet some like-minded people to share in your new journey. Soon you will be planning road trips to races. This “running away from home” allows you to test and set a current benchmark of your fitness — also, a group is fun and, yes, addictive, but in a positive sense.
To confirm the addictive power: When injured, people will tell you that they just want to be able to once again enjoy the mental and physical aspects of a run. What was once viewed as a primary goal — that special race, destination or best time goal — means little. Speed, time goals, destination and other goals are secondary to the elation that comes from a run.
Many runners commence a running program as a way to manage their weight. They continue to run inspired by the many other benefits and their new circle of friends. Runners are a tight community and very supportive of each other. Weight watchers, Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups know the power of the group. Runners are equally supportive. Running is a unique sport — we all cheer each other on, from start to finish.
If you want the benefits of running, you must pursue your goal. Like anything in life, hard work always pays off. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean running is your only option.There are many other ways to improve self esteem. It’s always your choice. But, as said earlier you can set aside the others when you choose running.
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