Mental Health Benefits of Running

Mental Health Benefits of Running

Apart from the obvious health benefits that running or jogging can give you, it can provide many psychological advantages too. No matter your circumstance, running can help ease your mind and get you back on the right track. Here are some positive changes that running can bring to you:

1. Stress Reliever

Whatever you are stressing about, getting active can significantly reduce this. Lacing up your trainers can help with relaxation, anxiety and negative thinking cycles. Running can help your body control stress and deal with existing mental tension. Long distance runs can help you solve problems that have been nagging you. Whilst shorter speed runs can reduce aggression and tension. Make running your new friend.

2. Your new sleeping pill

Nobody wants to be tossing and turning in bed late at night. Indulging in physical exercise, whether that is running or another form, can be your new way of counting sheep at night. Moderate exercise can also significantly improve the sleep of insomnia sufferers.

3. Decreases Depression

Running can be a fantastic way of combatting that sluggish and withdrawn feeling that is associated with depression. Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression. Running can take your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

4. Self-esteem boost

If you’re suffering from low self-esteem in adulthood, go for a run and watch your confidence soar. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Exercising in the great outdoors can also result in lowered blood pressure and increased self-esteem. Get your running shoes on and watch your confidece soar.

5. Increased Creativity

An envigorating run can boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Next time you find yourself staring at a blank page waiting for a genius idea to pop into your head, get those legs moving and refresh your body and brain at the same time by going on a jog.

So the next time you’re having a bad day or you want that extra hour in bed, remember all the benefits your body will enjoy from getting active.

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Winter running tips
Winter running tips

Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is here and winter is definitely on it’s way. Here are our top 5 tips for training during this nippy time of year:

1. Make a Plan
Make plans to meet someone for a run, then there’s no backing out if you’re not quite in the mood for it. Making plans will help you to get motivated and stay on track throughout the winter.

2. Dress for the conditions
The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You want to be warm but not overheating when you run. 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of gloves, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.

3. Gone with the wind
Wind is brutal when running, especially in Scotland! Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.

4. Old habits die hard
Traditionally a morning runner? Why not try a lunchtime run instead when the temperatures are a bit warmer? Alternatively, try running twice a day, in the morning and in the evening – it’s better than doing one long run where you might get very cold toward the end.

5. Winter sun
If all else fails, book a flight and head somewhere warm for your Vitamin D fix!

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Emma Richman
Half Marathon Challenge in Mum’s Memory
CHARITY RUNNER Emma Richman is gearing up to take part in the Bournemouth Half Marathon to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of her mum, Linda, who tragically passed away from the disease aged 64.

Emma decided to run the half marathon to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to raise funds to help aid future research.

“There’s 14 of us running and we’ll all be wearing charity vests to show our support. I’m not a natural runner so this is a real challenge to me but with the support of my friends, I know I can cross the finish line where my dad will be waiting.” said Emma.

Emma is also keen to highlight the common symptoms which are associated with this particular type of cancer, urging women to visit their GP if they notice any changes. Having a bloated tummy, feeling full and the need to go to the toilet more than usual are all symptoms associated ovarian cancer, especially if you have any of these symptoms more than 12 times a month.

“Nothing can prepare you for the sudden death of a parent but I knew when my mum, Linda, passed away I had to do something about getting this information out to women. My mum had every single sign & symptom but as a family we were unaware of them at the time.” said Emma.

The Run Bournemouth takes place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October and with eight races on offer over the two days, there’s something for all ages and abilities. If you’d like to donate to Emma and her team, you can do so here www.justgiving.com/emma-richman3.

If you are inspired to run for charity or a cause close to you heart you can sign up online at www.bournemouthmarathon.com/charity.

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On your marks for St Marks
PUPILS from St Marks Primary School in Swanage were celebrating this week as they found out their medal design was chosen as the winner of a Run Bournemouth competition.

Local school children in the local area were asked to get their creative juices flowing and come up with some designs for the Run Bournemouth junior race medals, for the event taking place this October 7th.

The organisers managed to single out 3 designs, which were them uploaded to their Facebook page and the public were then asked to ‘like’ the design which they deemed best.

St Marks Teaching Assistant & Running Coach, Paula Lawton-Archer, said: “We are delighted that our design won and will be transformed into a medal for this year’s event! The children were so pleased when they found out they had won.

There are a group of us taking part this year and we can’t wait to wear the medals with pride!” There are 4 junior races on offer as part of a packed weekend of running which also includes the Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over 500 kids took part in last October’s event, which was the biggest yet.

The winning team from St Marks Primary School will see their design transformed into a medal to be used across all of the junior races. They have also been awarded 10 free places to the event for the school children to use.

Annette Drummond, Marketing Director said: “Congratulations to St Marks Primary School on winning the Medal Design Competition. We were inundated with lots of fantastic designs from all over Bournemouth & Poole, but St Marks were the deserved winner and we can’t wait to take their design forward and create an ever-lasting medal which all of our junior runners can be proud of for years to come.”

“The Run Bournemouth is now into its fifth year and is already established as one of the UK’s top autumn running festivals. It’s great to see children getting fully involved in the junior races. Better still when they get to watch mum and dad taking part in the other events. It really is a fantastic weekend for all the family.” Annette added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 7th October and are a great way for children to be active, have fun and get involved over the weekend. Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience. 

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Viking Boat Men
Marathon voyage Guinness World Record attempt at Bournemouth
FOUR MEN are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign.

Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The team have chosen to raise funds for Worldwide Cancer Research on their marathon voyage around Bournemouth in October.

“We chose to run the Bournemouth Marathon as I ran the half before so recommended it, but we are also attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest 5 man costume – which is going to be a Viking Ship, so it made sense to run by the sea!”

“Worldwide Cancer Research is a Charity that we have previously supported and all of us have either lost someone close to us or know someone that has lost a loved one.

“A small bit of pain whilst running in a costume is nothing compared to what an awful lot of people have to live with on a daily basis.” explained Paul.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the weekend on 1st-2nd October as part of Run Bournemouth.

All six races take place on fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Standard entries for the marathon close on Wednesday 31st August at 5pm and standard entries for 10k, 5K & junior races are set to close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Find out more on the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BournemouthMarathonFestival or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RunBournemouth.

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