How Much Can A Running Routine Really Do?

While experienced runners from all around the country are preparing for the upcoming New York City marathon, **SPOILER ALERT**: the staff here at Kirschenbaum Productions took it upon themselves to get in shape for all the work we have going on, and documented it for our upcoming behind-the-scenes video!

Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself, Why are they making a workout video? Don’t they just do office work? It must be a joke and well, you’re right.  We may not be running a marathon, or even a 5k any time soon, but the question I have for you is this: Can running regularly still help your performance in an office?

This topic is personal to me for a variety of reasons, but I’ll try to stick to only the relevant ones.  Over the past year and a half, I have been pushing myself to run as often as I can, and surprisingly to myself most of all, I have been pretty successful.  Believe it or not I’ve suffered from my own assortment of self-image and self-confidence issues so getting in shape had been on my to do list for quite some time, specifically going beyond lifting some weights at the gym every so often.

After moving back home from college, I decided it was time to finally start running.  I wanted to do this for myself. I wanted to take control of something during a time where everything else was changing all around me.  So long story short, I would say I’ve been pretty successful.  I’ve had my on and off periods but overall, I have watched myself get into better shape, and run longer, faster, and harder as I go on.  Most importantly, I feel healthier.  I FEEL BETTER about myself from running.  I’m not a marathon runner, I can still barely complete a 5k, but I can run a few days a week, and I feel great about it when I do.

So if you’re still with me, you’re probably wondering how this ties into my question.  Well, I’ve lost count of the days where I’ve been stressed or upset or in some form of a terrible mood, then gone for a run and turned my whole day around.  Running is actually an amazing medication for improving mental health.  You can clear your head, release the stress of your day, and uplift whatever negative mentality had been nagging at you. Runners can experience something called the runners high.  While running, the body releases endorphins, a natural chemical that enhances your mood.  When going at optimal speed and power, you can get a physical sensation of happiness that carries over after the run!

According to an article on imnotfittorun.com, running can be a great natural way to lift your spirits and release negative energy associated with feelings of sadness should you suffer from depression or stress.  In Jesslyn Cummings article, The Mental Benefits of Jogging on running.about.com, she mentions how long distance runs can be great for clearing your head, should you have a problem that has been nagging at you, whereas short, speed runs are great for tearing through aggression or anger.  Running can also help with fatigue!  When the body releases endorphins, adrenaline and other natural chemicals, it increases energy! (For more information you should of course check out the actual articles linked above).

At Kirschenbaum Productions, we are all about promoting positive mental health.  Look At Us Now Mother! is meant to inspire people to overcome emotional abuse and take steps in the right direction to improving their mental health.  Do something that is positive and healthy for you.  Go for a run!  And hey, wouldn’t someone who runs regularly and has a positive attitude and higher energy levels perform better around the office?

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