Running is not just a great way to stay fit and healthy it also has a number of significant benefits for your mental health.


Considering it is free, easy to do and doesn’t take that much time, it is one of the best ways to get a little more exercise into your day.


Here are five ways running benefits your mental health:


1. Reduces stress

It helps to reduce your stress by boosting your serotonin levels and making you feel a lot more positive.


2. Helps with depression

As you run, your brain is stimulated to produce endorphins which help to reduce pain and boost your sense of wellbeing.



3. Boosts blood supply to the brain

This increased supply can increase your circulation which helps with your focus and concentration.


4. Improves your self-confidence

While it is important you focus on health and wellbeing rather than appearance, the more confident you feel in your skin the better your self-confidence will be.


5. Helps you sleep at night

Exercise in general is great at helping you get a proper night's sleep. Working out a few hours before bedtime can help the body relax into slumber.