Running is an activity that promotes wellbeing; it releases brain chemicals that promote exhilaration and euphoria, improves your mood, reduces anxiety and prevents stress. Exposure to sunlight, motor activity and healthy diet are linked to serotonin synthesis.
It is a form of relaxation and meditation. Physical exertion takes the mind away from mental and emotional stress. Exercise requires focus and drive. When you push your body to keep moving forward, it provides you with relief because it takes your concentration off anxiety and forces you to focus on the physical self. It allows you to fixate your energy on what is happening in the present instead of on the future or past. When the mind is calm, it is easy to think more rationally, make decisions and solve problems. As a result, a calm mind contributes to a happy and relaxed mood.
Healthy meals offer vitamins; minerals and acids that our body needs to manage the nervous system, hormones and the immune system. When you exercise and practice a healthy diet, you are also managing a blood sugar level and obtaining more of the antioxidants your body needs. This produces more serotonin, which is needed to make us feel calm and happy.
Serotonin, the pleasure hormone. There is a strong link between well-being and the feeling of happiness and serotonin.
The constitution of the WHO states “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”, a series of recent studies negative emotions were associated with increased disability, other studies found a solid link between feeling good and living longer.
Serotonin influencing mood.
There is a positive correlation between serotonin synthesis and the hours of sunlight, serotonin is highest during the light part of the day.
What about exercise?
Motor activity increases release and synthesis of serotonin in human brain and there is an increase of serotonin precursor tryptophan that persists after exercise.
Fatigue is associated with an increase in plasma tryptophan and decrease plasma level of BCAA, the BCAAs inhibit tryptophan transport into the brain, so more BCAA= less fatigue.
If you have yet to reap the benefits of running or exercising, it is essential that you see for yourself what positive effect it has on the mind, body and spirit, so…go out and run!
Dr. Annalisa Faè R&D ProAction