For many adults, there’s no better way to wind down after a long day than going for a walk or run. Hitting the pavement can be a great way to clear your mind and shake away the stress of the day.
“I like to run immediately after work, before dinner. I find I have the most energy at that time of day and it helps me transition from work mind into home mind,” says Josh Johnston, an avid runner who trains with the Fleet Feet Delray Beach Running Club.
“Going out and running hard helps me burn off anxiety and nervous energy. It also gives me an opportunity to think about what’s happening in my life and how to solve problems at work,” Johnston explains.
“I usually feel more grounded and collected after a run, even if I’m physically exhausted from it. I can’t remember a time when I finished a run and didn’t feel happy.”
Not only does running and walking provide short-term stress relief, a 2014 article concluded that “regular exercisers are more resistant to the emotional effects of acute stress.” The article, written by Emma Childs and published in Frontiers in Physiology, examined the responses to stress between individuals who did and did not exercise regularly. Participants who exercised regularly experienced less of a decline in positive affect than those who didn’t exercise.