My name is Gemma Sampson. I am 25 years old and am currently in my second year at the University of Greenwich studying Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing. I have been running since 2015 and in that time I have completed numerous 10k's, three half marathons and am currently in training for my first full 26.2 … Continue reading About me…
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I have spent most of today reading people's stories and blogs about their experiences of how running has helped with their mental health. According to the Metro a whopping 74% of runners say that running has improved their mental health. (http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/01/74-of-runners-say-running-has-improved-their-mental-health-7044952/) As part of this project I have spent time reflecting on each of my … Continue reading The last post of transition…
So, you've told me amazing things about running - all the benefits (and potential cons!) but I can't run for a bus! Do you know, I have run many many miles but I also still struggle to run for the bus? I need very specific clothes and mindset for me to be able to run. … Continue reading How do I start?
I have had many goals across my running career so far, first it was to run a 5k, then it was to run a 10k, then a half marathon and currently to run a marathon. The ironic thing is, when I achieved these goals I didn't run them without stopping. That goal has been achieved … Continue reading Goal setting in running
I've been working on this for a few days as there is a ridiculous amount of literature to go through, I have to say it has been an informative and interesting few days and has really opened my eyes to the risks that we all put our bodies under day after day. Premature death It … Continue reading Physical health benefits of exercise
So yesterday was race day! I was very nervous about the race as my result would reflect on how well my marathon will go mentally (in under 8 weeks now!) I know that if I found the half a struggle that I would be anxious about running a full marathon. So for that reason I'm … Continue reading Tunbridge Wells Half marathon race day!
So throughout the last two weeks I've been pushing at how good exercise (specifically running) is on mental health, but I haven't mentioned about how exercise can actually also be detrimental to mental health. My focus for today is to ensure that we exercise the correct amount to reap the best cognitive rewards - rather … Continue reading Spotlight: mental health in athletes
I've dipped a little into the effects of exercise on mood and mental state however, it seems running has some physical affects on your brain itself too! A bit more on emotions... I stumbled across an interesting piece of research by Bernstein & McNally (2017) which measured emotions before an after a 30 minute exercise. … Continue reading Running and the brain!
So today's post is going to run across two days as I am focusing on the rather large topic of specific mental health disorders and exercise. Note I am writing about exercise in general because it is very difficult to find lots of information about running. Plus we don't all want to run right? Sorry … Continue reading Running and Mental Health
Government statistics from 2016/2017 show that a staggering 68% of men and 58% of women are overweight or obese in England, further more that a total of 26% of adults are 'physically inactive' (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week). For more statistics check this link out: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/613532/obes-phys-acti-diet-eng-2017-rep.pdf The rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) and Type 2 … Continue reading Running and healthy eating
NB: accidentally forgot to publish this yesterday! If only we didn't have to do exercise to keep ourselves trim and healthy right? Well it seems that without exercise we are putting our bodies in many types of danger both physically and mentally. As with many jobs and lifestyles these days, they amount to long periods … Continue reading Exercise and depression – the facts