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Movement for the Mind: How Running Reduces Depression & Anxiety Symptoms

Movement for the Mind: How Running Reduces Depression & Anxiety Symptoms by Ian Lewis. Photograph of a man running in nature by Pixabay
Photograph by Pixabay

While all exercise can have beneficial effects for mental health, running is particularly well-suited for improving depression and anxiety

For many people I know, running is meditation. It soothes and calms their mind, keeping themselves focused only on the steps they’re taking and the challenges they’re trying to overcome. Feeling their breath and their muscles and being aware of their bodily sensations and surroundings in a way that puts them in control and keeps them grounded. 

This “embodied” feeling is one that is usually long lost in those

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