Pull on your trainers to beat the blues

It’s been dubbed Blue Monday and is regarded by some people as the most depressing day of the year.

Today, January 15th, is said to be the gloomiest of gloomy days thanks to a combination of factors including post-Christmas blues, failure to stick to your New Year’s resolution, cold dark nights and the arrival of hefty credit card bills following the festive season spending splurge.

Should you be feeling a little low there is a simple way to lift your spirits – pull on your trainers and go out for a run.

The physical benefits of running are well documented and there’s also evidence it can boost your mental health.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people with mild to moderate depression take part in three exercise sessions, each lasting about 45 minutes to one hour.

Some people with depression have reported that running two or three times a week lifts their energy and motivation levels.

It is thought that physical activity produces chemical changes in the brain that can positively alter mood, while it has been argued that being active improves well-being because it promotes greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.

In 2016 England Athletics launched its Mental Health Ambassador programme which is linked to #runandtalk, a campaign supported by mental health charity MIND to improve mental health through running.

So if you’re determined to make 2018 the year you boost your physical and mental health and take on a great challenge, check out our fantastic series of fun and friendly events.

You can choose from top 10Ks, big city half marathons, a 10 miler and a magnificent marathon.

Good luck and good running in 2018.

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