SMILE! RUNNING MAKES YOU HAPPY
RESULTS of a year-long survey of over 13,000 people by England Athletics reveal that the majority (74%) of runners experience a boost to their mental health from the sport.
An additional survey of the England Athletics’ RunTogether community, reported that 89% of all runners said they had increased happiness as a direct result of running with others.
“Studies show that in mild to moderate depression patients who exercise regularly do as well as those prescribed antidepressant medications or talking therapies,” says Dr Averil McClelland, GP and leading masters athlete.
Running with a club brings other benefits. The poll showed that club members were more likely to be regular runners (62%) when compared to solo runners (51%) who went out less often.