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So is running really beneficial to mental and physical health?

(30 Posts)
cruisemum1 Mon 09-Nov-09 19:53:08

I want to start running. I have done a couple of 5k Race For Life events but didn't really 'train' as such. Now I feel I must do some form of exercise and running seems the simplist and least expensive. It is really hard to get motivated though. Is it actually worth it. I have sleep problems related to stress/anxiety. I have heard that running/exercise helps. Any runners out there got any advice?
I need a firework up the a**e to get me going!

kikid Mon 09-Nov-09 20:05:33

I'd stick to walking or swimming.
The running is tough on the knees not to mention the face.

abdnhiker Mon 09-Nov-09 20:13:22

running was great until I had DS2. The potential for a pelvic floor failure means that it increases my stress levels unbelievably. I stick to walking with the buggy (which is brilliant for my insomnia) and road cycling on the weekends (love my road bike).

Also, a bit less tongue-in-cheek, I saw a homeopath for my anxiety and insomnia and she completely sorted me out. I know some people say it's all the placebo effect, but then I love the placebo effect because it totally works for me.

good luck!

ToffeeMuser Mon 09-Nov-09 20:15:21

Running is great, I love it and it definitely helps me relax and sleep. If you get a decent pair of shoes and take it slowly it's fine on the knees. Top tip is to always ensure you can hold a conversation while running (or sing along with your music if you're by yourself). If you can't you're going too fast and need to slow down.

There are loads of running plans on the internet if you have a search. I did the Couch to 5k plan to get me started. If you can already run a bit you might want to search for 10k running plans.

Company will help you get out there. Think about finding a running club to join or just looking on Gumtree for running buddies.

Time2Hibernate Mon 09-Nov-09 20:19:21

I must admit I'd love to be able to run (again) - all the above including my lower back prevents me. Swimming is fantastic especially if you invest in a kick board and do a workout. Road cycling:start somewhere fairly gentle on the legs so it doesn't put you off after ride 1.

I need a rocket too grin Good luck!

cruisemum1 Mon 09-Nov-09 20:56:28

ta all, I can't swim so that is out! I don't own a bike so that is out too. Hence why running is my best option.
abdnhiker- i know a couple of homeopaths. One friend totally sorted out my insomnia when my Dad passed away last year. But want to exercise.

Lapsedrunner Mon 09-Nov-09 21:01:02

Running is fantastic for mental & physical well being. I used to do all my "thinking & planning" whilst running, it really helps to clear the mind. However the physical side can have it's problems, I'm currently trying to sort out a hip problem so no running for me sad.

notyummy Mon 09-Nov-09 21:04:59

Best way to get fit in a short amount of time (i.e you need to walk for a LOOOOT longer to get the benefits. boring. You need to run very intensively and restrict you diet to see a difference in your face (but make sure you use sunscreen and sunglasses when appropriate).

Unless you have an injury that precludes I would def recommend.

madwomanintheattic Mon 09-Nov-09 21:12:03

well, i'm going to give it a go cruisemum. smile
my dogs need more exercise (as do i) and i need something that is going to give me results but not take blooming hours that i don't have!
i used to run a lot, and remember with fondness the mental and physical benefits (not too much on the injury side, but older and heavier these days... i could do with a pick up on both counts, so am going to give it a go. i have new trainers grin but appear to have mislaid my trousers, which is an issue... finding them is my top priority tonight grin

displayuntilbestbefore Mon 09-Nov-09 21:16:10

I run, not very far, just a couple of miles a few times a week and although I've heard that taking it up as an adult after having not run since being young isn't so good for your joints, on a mental note I can honestly say it's the ONLY time when my mind clears and I don't think of anything apart from what's around me and my breathing! So I would recommend it for stress and anxiety - but, yes, try and find your trousers grin

19fran76 Mon 09-Nov-09 21:19:41

I love running because it definitely creates a positive headspace for me & keeps me in better physical shape with improved energy levels. I have had anxiety/depression in the past & running gives me time out to meditate on current life issues as well as learn the art of positive thinking (self-talking yourself past the next lamppost/hill etc.) Proper running shoes are really important. I found it better to go out little & often at first, building distance gradually. Just establish getting out the door as a habit & the rest will come over time, I reckon smile

hatwoman Mon 09-Nov-09 21:20:44

I love running - definitely good for physical and mental health. makes me sleep well. enables me to eat whatever I like. good for my skin. gives me energy. and it's cheap and time-efficient. if you need a kick up the bum enter a race and commit yourself to a training schedule.

hatwoman Mon 09-Nov-09 21:23:03

and join the mn running thread

Curiousmama Mon 09-Nov-09 21:26:37

I'm thinking of doing this too but will have to start with a jog. I have a fantastic park over the road, a dog and 2 keen dss so have no excuse.

cruisemum1 Tue 10-Nov-09 08:45:10

oooh i am all excited now! i wil do my first run tomorrow when ds is at playschool. off to the shops to get some jogging bottoms. i will join the thread hatwoman- thanks!!!!

BiscuitFace Tue 10-Nov-09 08:53:47

good luck - if you have the right shoes and don't go crazy your knees should be ok.

cruisemum1 Tue 10-Nov-09 12:42:00

thanks biscuit FAce - hatwoman - i wen t on teh thread but it said 'it was broken'! Not heard that before.
curiousmana - mylocal park is right across the road - no excuse for me either....
Let's do it!

cruisemum1 Wed 11-Nov-09 10:08:28

so I just went running - feel horrendous! Surely I am not this unfit. I could barely manage 3 mins continuous! Oh me oh my, what to do???

OrmIrian Wed 11-Nov-09 10:10:20

Yes it is.

Everytime I've had to stop running because of injury I get depressed and stressed.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Wed 11-Nov-09 10:13:08

the answer is to go out again tomorrow or the day after and do the same run, in a really short period of time you will be able to run for longer.. You will be amazed about how clever your body is and being able to get fit.

daftpunk Wed 11-Nov-09 10:16:45

running is great....keeps mind and body fit..

there is a running thread on here...will try and find it for you..

(i keep seeing it in active convos....too shy to join)

sparechange Wed 11-Nov-09 10:17:21

Cruisemum, have you thought about run/walk training for now?
Set aside 20-30 mins, then run for 2 mins, walk for 2 mins, run for 2 mins, walk for 2 etc etc

As you get fitter, you can up the running bit to 3 mins, then 4, then 5, while keeping the walking at 2 mins
Eventually (and it will be sooner than you think!) you'll be able to run continously for 20 mins

Then you just need to extend that time gradually (no more than 10% at a time) until you can run for about an hour, at which point a 10km race might be a nice idea...

If you can get out 2-3 times a week, you'll be able to go for running for 3 mins to running for an hour in around 2 months.

If you are anything like me, you'll be amazed at how much better you sleep and also how much more energy you have in the day.

The website has got lots of great training plans if you'd rather have something structured to follow.

And I second the OP who said get some proper kit. A decent pair of trainers (proper running ones, not 'fashion' traines) will help keep you injury free, and proper clothes will be much more comfy than an old t-shirt, especially in winter

Good luck!

cruisemum1 Wed 11-Nov-09 10:25:30

GreySkull - thanks! Now i have the first run over I know what i am facing smile
dftpunk- I am actually doing this to aid my sleep. I am not overweight but am most definitely unfit! What a shocker!
Sparechange - thanks for advice. I will look at the site you recommended. At the moment I feel like I have a collapsed lung!
Thanks for your encouragement smile

daftpunk Wed 11-Nov-09 10:40:01

can't find the thread i'm looking soon as i see it i'll link it to you...

if your reasons for taking up running are for sleep.....good idea, any exercise will help you sleep better..

oh....and don't have a TV in the bedroom..

the bedroom is for sleep only...make it a peaceful haven

cruisemum1 Wed 11-Nov-09 10:46:43

daft punk - no tv's in our room anyway. Just an over active mind in the early hours sad

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