Stress. Anxiety. Depression. All killers of production, joy, and most importantly -- your health. We have to find ways to cope with and manage stress. One of the best ways to do that will improve both your mental and physical health: running.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America wrote about how physical activity reduces stress. "Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem."
Most people are already aware that exercise has benefits for both physical and mental health. But getting started? It's not always as easy as buying some new running shoes and hitting the pavement or track at the gym. If you're under a lot of stress or you are out of shape, it's important to consult with a doctor first before you start an exercise program. Your stress could be the result of an illness, and if not, your doctor can recommend what might be a good amount of exercise for you.
Even after you're cleared by a doctor, you still might need some help formulating a plan. No Pain, No Gain became a very popular catch phrase, but it's actually a misnomer. Pain indicates injury, and further hurting yourself is the antithesis of getting yourself healthy. We're playing semantics here, but No Discomfort, No Gain would have been more appropriate.
There are plenty of great resources to get you running. One of the most popular ways to get going is with a couch to 5K plan. These are mapped out to help beginners or those who have not been physically active in a while. A quick internet search will show you an abundance of these plans, and there are even couch to 5K apps that you can download and follow.
Once you get started you'll see those stress levels decrease. But you also might feel some pain and/or discomfort, even if you're following a conservative plan. That's where Run Forever Sports comes in. We create products to help runners and athletes reduce soreness and pain, which keeps them running and getting healthier!
Compression Socks increase circulation and decrease muscle vibration to maximize workouts and prevent painful shin splints and cramping. Our compression socks are especially helpful for people starting their running journey or getting back at it after inactivity.
If you are particular about your socks but still want to try compression gear, we recommend our Compression Sleeves, which deliver strategic compression to the front and back of the lower leg.
Best wishes on your running journey and make sure to check out all of our products to enhance your workouts and prevent pain!