The Fleet Feet Blog is full of helpful (and sometimes tasty!) information! The holidays can be a busy and stressful time of year! Here are 5 reasons that running is your best holiday stress-buster!
The holidays are a hectic time of year. You may feel like you're going a mile a minute, from navigating family expectations and work demands to running errands within the daunting era of COVID-19.
This year, holiday gatherings are exchanged for new forms of pandemic-related stress. Runners respond to this “festive stress” by either putting their training on the back burner and ceding to other priorities, or redoubling their efforts and continuing to pound the pavement.
Research suggests you’re better off taking the latter approach. One study found that exercise helps to weaken the impact of stressful events and promotes well-being. Other research suggests that after working out we tend to react to things with less anxiety, even when confronted with stressful events.