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The Psychological Benefits of Running

Unlike other forms of exercise, running is a marginalising activity – the truly passionate are pounding the pavement before sunrise while others avoid it at all costs. Whether you consider it an effective aerobic workout or an exhausting chore, you can’t deny its positive effect on the body and mind.   Some run purely for the physical benefits – it burns calories faster than the same time spent walking or cycling. For some, however, the psychological benefits may outweigh the physical ones.   Though deceptively simple to learn, regular running has a positive impact on the entire body. For instance, incorporating running into your routine will lower your blood pressure by maintaining the elasticity of the arteries.   The rigorous physical activity also maximises lung capacity. Frequent deep breathing while running forces the lungs to use more tissue, so up to 50% of the otherwise unused lung potential is utilised. Even long-term smokers may increase their lung potential through running.   Running also strengthens the heart, helping to prevent heart attacks. Running is large muscle exercise. This means it keeps the cardiovascular system efficient and strong, while opening the arteries, allowing blood to flow smoothly.   In addition to the physical benefits, running has a positive impact on your emotional and mental health. Running is often suggested by doctors to treat clinical depression and associated psychological disorders. Doctors who treat clinically depressed patients now believe that the physical activity is as effective as psychotherapy. It can decrease tension, depression, fatigue and confusion associated with mental illnesses   The reason behind this is that more endorphins are released into the body and also running can give patients something else to focus their energy on. It provides […]

Spirituality – How Faith Helps you cope with Adversity

At some time, we will all face adversity, so why is it that some fall apart while others seem to flourish amid difficult circumstances? The answer is faith. Far beyond a tradition you observe, faith is the cornerstone of your life, a framework that guides your every action. Therefore, when facing adversity, faith can bring you through it intact. So, what is it about faith that changes both your outlook on and the outcome of your circumstances? Read on to find out. Stress is something everyone is familiar with. Stress is that unwelcome visitor which wreaks havoc on your body, mind and spirit. Without appropriate coping mechanisms, stress causes physical (stomach pain, headaches, nausea, etc.) and psychological (anxiety, fear, panic, etc.) harm. Although you can’t always control our physical circumstances, faith provides reassurance that you aren’t going through life alone. Faith is a spiritual foundation through which your perspective toward life forms. It urges you to look beyond your immediate existence for your true purpose and how you may serve the world with it. On a practical level, faith gives you something to rely on in trying times. It is the single constant in a life that can seem unpredictable. Whichever form your faith takes, mounting evidence suggests that people with a spiritual side are better equipped to cope with stress. Through direct and indirect influence, faith can help you cope with illness and devastation in a productive manner. Meaning and Purpose – “Everything happens for a reason.” While it may seem cliché, it often proves true for those with faith. An entrenched belief system ensures you are better able to understand the complex issues of life and your purpose in it and extends to […]

By |Tuesday, April 7, 2015|General| Comments

Health and Diet – Energise your life

Fatigued? Lethargic? With life being so busy, it’s no wonder that we feel tired all the time and think of life as a gruelling struggle. Work, studies, chores and life’s challenges, in general, all these can easily sap the energy and optimism out of a person.   Instead of simply succumbing to the train of thought that such is the standard way of living nowadays and turning yourself into a walking zombie, why not try to incorporate the tips below. They will help reinvigorate yourself and energise your life.   Eat a Healthy Breakfast Studies show that skipping breakfast is never a good way to start your day. By doing so, you are depriving your body of much-needed nutrition after hours of fasting while you sleep, which then leaves you hungry and lacking in energy. In addition, opt for healthier food choices like cereals or oats since their fibre content will leave you feeling full longer and reduce the chances of you binging on sugary and unhealthy snacks later in the day.   Find Time to Exercise A daily exercise regimen can do wonders for the body. Not only will it make your body look a lot leaner and healthier, but it helps promote better blood and oxygen circulation throughout your body and your brain. Exercise makes you stronger, more alert, and more focused. Even short exercises, such as those that you can do at the office like stationary jogging or stretching can help temporarily boost your energy levels whenever you start feeling sluggish while in the middle of doing work.   Indulge in Water Keeping yourself hydrated all day is one sure fire way of upping your energy levels. Remember that your body and […]

By |Thursday, March 5, 2015|General, Happiness| Comments