Running aids the production and release of your body’s natural pain and stress-fighting chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for that sense of “runner’s high” we sometimes feel. Running also produces neurotransmitters. Two important neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are known to combat depression and anxiety and help improve your mood. As we run we increase our intake of oxygen making us more energetic, focused and alert. Research has also suggested that running has cognitive benefits, especially in terms of memory.
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