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Christine Luff

Boost Your Mood When Running

By March 4, 2014

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Running usually puts me in a good mood, but there are definitely times when I'm stressed out or just not having a good run and I need something to elevate my mood. Here are a few tricks to try.

Run outside. Research does show that even small doses of outdoor exercise can have a profound effect on mental health. In a meta-analysis of 10 studies, researchers at the University of Essex found that moving outdoors for even just five minutes improved both mood and self-esteem.

Smile. It's hard to be in a bad mood when you're smiling. Smiling activates your endorphins. And you'll generate good vibes among people that you pass.

Repeat a mantra. Keep saying a positive phrase such as, "I feel good" or "I'm feeling better".  You'll eventually start to believe it.

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