Mental Health & Running

Ive often been asked whether running is good for your mental health, well in my opinion yes it is!

Just running out with friends on a weekend morning, chat becomes therapeutic. There’s something about the rhythm of the feet, the looking ahead, not at your confidante, while banging on about the week’s troubles and triumphs, that helps the conversation to open up. We joke that we’re putting the world to rights, but often we’re simply splurging out all our preoccupations as we plod along.

We all tend to deal with our demons in different ways, over the years I have bottled things up so much that occasionally the top blows off with disastrous  affect to those around me.

On the surface I came across as a nice, upbeat & positive person but inside there were things going on that I could not control and had no idea of how to talk and express myself.

I left the military in 2002 and by 2005 I was overweight & drinking allot, which brought with it health problems - I was in a dark place!

Thats when I discovered running, which turned my life around, it was a slow process but it worked for me and I believe it can work for you.

At Hengoed harriers we actively promote a run and talk ethos, we belive it will help:
 - Remove the stigma by getting people talking about mental health and
   sharing their experiences
 - Raising awareness of mental health problems
 - Running in countryside can help raise self-esteem and reduce depression
   according to research published by MIND.

Its a win, win so come join us, you wont regret it!

Al - Hengoed Harriers Founder