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11th of December 2018


Joining a Running Group Can Ease Anxiety, Depression, and Stress

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Joining a Running Group Can Help People Struggling With Anxiety, Depression, and Stress

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Aside from helping you stay accountable and making training more enjoyable, there’s a big reason to join a running group.

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada have found that people struggling with mental health challenges who joined a running group experienced a significant decrease in their levels of anxiety, depression, and stress.

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The program, which met twice a week for three months, culminated in the group’s participating in a local 5K.

Experts believe it’s partly the endorphins and other hormones that help reduce stress, but it’s also the camaraderie that was formed.

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