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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > May 2019 - POWER UP! > Run better 15 ways running makes you stronger

Run better 15 ways running makes you stronger

Fiona Bugler reveals how running can help you find the strongest version of you, for a healthier, happier life

Running is the ultimate antidote to our always-on, wired lifestyles and makes us strong in mind and body. Running can change your life. “Running is the thing that made me realise I could do anything,” says Tess Agnew, 33, from Brighton. Tess, a fitness blogger at thefitbits.com, started running six years ago, to complete her first half marathon with family in memory of her motherin- law. “It’s when I started believing in myself and has been the gateway to so many brilliant opportunities both in and outside of fitness,” she says.

“Running lifted me out of bulimia, depression and anxiety,” says Jessica Robson, 25, founder of Run Talk Run, a group of runners who meet to run, and do what it says on the packet: talk. “I found my inner strength from running. I use it as a method of processing my shit and an opportunity to work through my problems or current challenges,” she says. “Running forces us to ‘show up’ for ourselves, take on a challenge, and see it through no matter how hard it feels.

“Whatever level of experience you have, running isn’t easy. It is the ability to push through those runs that feel like crap and then run again the next day that builds resilience, which translates to many other areas of our lives,” she adds. Running also helps develop a strong and toned body.

When you run you become a fat-shredder – and will reveal previously hidden toned muscles. A runner’s body doesn’t have to be stick thin. When you run uphill you’ll strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, while downhills will shape and strengthen your quads.

A ripped body, strength and determination – and research has proven that being active can also make you more optimistic, which according to an article published in online journal Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health gives you strength and an ability to cope with life’s stresses and strains. Also, being an optimistic runner can boost your pay packet, with another study from 2015 at the University of Cologne revealing that optimists earned on average £2,000 per year more than cynics.

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About Women’s Running

In the May issue of Women’s Running, we are fast and FIERCE. We uncover 15 ways that running can make you more powerful, physically and mentally, and we’ve put them to the test. We also investigate the controversial topic of disordered eating and running: what are the warning signs to look out for in ourselves and others, and how we can support people who show symptoms of this harrowing and broad reaching mental illness that is unhappily prevalent in our community. We speak to journalist and author Bella Mackie on how she used running to manage the symptoms of her anxiety - so well, in fact, that she wrote a book about it. And we review tons of kit, including trail backpacks for days off the beaten track, some stunning neutral shoes, and fab all-weather jackets. Plus, we’ve got a training guide for a five-mile race, the ultimate marathon nutrition guide, and a lustworthy compo from Ultra - win three pairs of shoes worth £360!