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Women’s Running – 31 March 2017

Why running should be about what you can achieve rather than how you look……….How running can boost your mental health.

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, Clinical psychologist and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) therapist at the Nightingale Hospital in London treats eating disorders, as well as mood and anxiety disorders. She strongly believes in the mental benefits of running. “Running and other forms of aerobic exercise that increase your heart rate will have a very soothing effect on your mind because of the release of endorphins,” she says. “It gives you a feel-good factor, emotionally and mentally, so there’s an immediate benefit. If you apply that feel-good factor to your general sense of wellbeing, of which body image is one component, there’s a fair chance your body image is going to improve.”

  1. Better body confidence
  2. Mental Health Benefits
  3. Achieving Milestones gives positive affirmations

Bijal also believes that running promotes body awareness, which can help you appreciate your body and respect what it can do. “Any physical activity like running provides a real engagement with your body”.

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