We were all saddened to hear of the death of popular actor Robin Williams. Whilst it would be pure speculation to guess at the reasons behind his suicide, we can only guess that he was struggling with depression. Whilst running isn't a cure-all for depression and emotional issues, it can certainly help with periods of stress and low mood. Here are just a few reasons to run for better emotional health.
Running boosts the body's serotonin levels. Serotonin, the "happy hormone", elevates mood and motivation, makes us feel more positive, and can even help with productivity.
Regular exercise helps minimise the production of stress hormones including cortisol. A moderate running schedule, with plenty of time for rest and recovery, can help with insomnia, fatigue, stress and depression. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Running 4 Women.