To reduce stress and anxiety
The ‘Runner’s High’ is no exaggeration: the feel-good chemicals released in your body is as good a high as anything else; and whatsmore increasing blood circulation to the brain, running helps your mind handle stress.
Considering this, it’s no surprise that feeling good was the second largest reason people run. Over 18% of Brits ran to alleviate stress and anxiety. 20% of all women runners and 16% of men cite this as their main reason to run.
Due to city stress, Londoners are more likely than average to run to clear their mind: just shy of a quarter of Londoners cited this as their main motivation. People in the East Midlands also cited mental health benefits as a key motivation behind running, the East Midlands was actually the most likely to run because of stress.