It’s a proven fact that running makes you smile. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These trigger a feeling of wellbeing which contributes to your good mood.
Here at The Running Bug we want to see your smiles! Upload your best selfie on the Share your Smiles page and you could win a Garmin Forerunner 35 every week until the end of May.
‘Exercise eases depression and mental health disorders via the release of good brain chemicals such as endorphins, which are important for mental health,’ explains Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa. ‘The endorphins act as a painkiller and have an anti-inflammatory effect. It helps to make you feel more positive about things.’
If you suffer from mental health problems you may find that you feel tired and depressed. 'When you go for a run, it boosts and increases confidence and interaction with others,' adds Dr Di Cuffa.
'You often chat to those running around you. Your heart rate increases and your body pumps more bloody and oxygen around the brain. It stops you thinking about negative issues. When you’re running, you end up focusing on the activity, which stops you being in that negative cycle.’
Share your smiles!
Here at The Running Bug we want to get you all smiling! If you enjoy running as much as we do, simply upload a selfie with you smiling before, during or after a run (group selfies accepted!) and you could be in with a chance of winning a Garmin Forerunner 35 every single week throughout the month of May.
The prize includes four Garmin Forerunner 35's provided by Sweatshop.com
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