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How Running Can Improve Your Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health

Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, sets an “annual plan” every year.

In the first few years, his goal is: learn Chinese in one year, keep writing code every day, and read 24 books a year…

As he entered middle age in 2016, he gradually felt powerless and his energy went downhill. The goals he set for himself that year were:

To run 1 mile a day, you must run 365 miles a year.

Later, when Zuckerberg visited China, the first thing he did when he arrived in China was to run around Tiananmen Square.

He said: “Only by maintaining good health can you have more energy and energy to do more meaningful things.”

Life is movement.

Every step you run forward is saving your health and energy for your life.

01

body energy
The writer Feng Tang once mentioned two major changes that running brought to him.
He has been weak since he was a child, and it is common for him to go to the children’s hospital.
He hated the smell of the hospital and his own weakness, so he started running.
He first trotted wherever he went, running to school, after school, and shopping.
After a period of time, he bid farewell to the children’s hospital completely.
When he was young, he participated in a year of military training before going to Peking University. During this period, he insisted on running in the morning without stopping. That year he had a strong figure.
For the rest of his life, Feng Tang would wear running shoes and shorts wherever he went.
When a person insists on running, no matter his body or physical fitness, he will be rewarded silently.
Zhihu blogger once posted a post to record the changes of his father before and after running.
The former father, holding his mobile phone to read novels all day long, his eyes were dull, his spirit was depressed, and many physical indicators were abnormal.

Encouraged and accompanied by his son, he started jogging.
From being unable to walk at the beginning to persisting out of breath, after six months of running, my father lost more than 20 kilograms and his beer belly disappeared.
The once obese and greasy father became young and full of vitality, and his body indicators returned to normal values.
A study by the University of Carolina concluded:
People who jogged for 15 minutes a day, five days a week, were half as likely to get sick as those who were sedentary.
Life is a long marathon, and your physical condition determines how far you can go.
Run, every step you take will make you grow against your age.
02

thinking energy
A school in the United States once conducted an educational experiment called “Zero Point Physical Education Class”.
The experiment required the students to do a lot of physical exercise before taking cultural classes.
After a period of time, the 19,000 students who participated in this activity became healthier and smarter than before.
The reason is that people who run regularly have higher concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and more energetic brains.
Economist He Fan has been working on an important research project for some time.
I have to work hard every day, and my brain is like clockwork, spinning non-stop for a while.
After a long time, his brain was overloaded with work, and he felt that thinking was a bit difficult, so he hoped to adjust his state by running.
Later, under the guidance of professional coaches, he became a long-term runner from a sports rookie.
“I turned on the metronome, felt the rhythm of ups and downs, concentrated on running, and soon entered a state of flow.”
Later, he brought this focused experience to work, and he found that his thinking became clearer and his work efficiency improved.
Thinking is like a gear, turning more and more flexible, and running is the best way to make thinking turn.
Apple CEO Cook will appear on the treadmill on time at 4 o’clock every morning, and running keeps him awake.
Zhang Yimou has to read scripts, meet actors, and shoot movies every day, but he never forgets to jog every day, because inspiration always emerges during the running process.
Running is the key to unlock the shackles of thinking; exercise is the best skin care product for the brain.

03

emotional energy
Haruki Murakami once said: When someone blames me or feels wronged, I always run a little further than usual.
When you run, your body releases endorphins, which help you relieve stress.
Professor Cao Lin once recorded the whole process of changing his life through sports in the book “Orson’s Diary”.
In his 40s, he suffered from depression.
When it was the worst, he lost interest in everything around him, his family affection was indifferent, and he had no enthusiasm for his career.
Later, at the suggestion of the head nurse, he started running.
From being out of breath at the beginning of running 400 meters, to insisting on running 1000 meters, and then to participate in the marathon.
In the process of running, his spirit was no longer depressed, his heart was no longer sad, and he slowly pulled himself out of the abyss of depression.
Looking back at that experience, he said: “The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness about the future has changed, the big stone in my heart has disappeared, and I have become much more peaceful and refreshed.”
If there is one thing in this world that can get rid of anxiety quickly, it must be running.
Jiang Fangzhou once talked about his experience in a program.
For a while, she was overwhelmed by the negative comments from the outside world and always suffered from insomnia.
One night when she was so stressed that she was about to break down, she walked out of the house and ran laps and laps along the park.
When she fully focused on her footsteps and adjusted her breathing with the wind blowing, all distracting thoughts in her mind retreated.
When she reached the finish line, all the unhappiness evaporated with sweat, and she felt hearty like never before.
As a well-known surgeon said: Surgery is to heal, and running is to heal without surgery.
Running is a good medicine to heal the body and mind.

I heard a very interesting saying: The dopamine produced by running is second only to falling in love.
Running three kilometers treats all kinds of unhappiness, running five kilometers treats all kinds of internal injuries, and after running ten kilometers, my heart is full of openness and kindness.

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