Running Out Of Motivation? The Power Of Running Unleashed

Running Out Of Motivation? The Power Of Running Unleashed

Your heart is pumping harder. Oxygen-rich blood fills up your body. You hear the sound of your feet beating the street. There is only you and your breath – you are running.

Marathon runners train hard to hit the big 6 (Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, New York, London and Berlin marathon). This running madness made me wonder: Where do they take their motivation? What does running actually do for us and what can it mean to us?

Did you know that a regular jogger can see 13.000 sunsets more than a non-jogger? In average, moving your feet makes you live 6 years longer than coach potatoes (men 6.2 years and women 5.6 years).

We dug a little deeper into the science of running and what it does to our brain. Here we cover the most fascinating findings on running:

1. Therapy

As a natural treatment running is often used to help people with clinical depression and coping with addiction. Lots of runners do short distances as a way to release big emotions like frustration, aggression or sadness.

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Running is known to be mood-enhancing. It increases the release of positive neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which are responsible for regulating mood. Plus, running puts the brain in ‘alpha-wave’ activity. Alpha waves are associated with feelings of calmness and well-being resulting you to feel like a genius, and who doesn’t want that?


2. Brainpower

There are plenty of studies on how exercise affects cardiovascular health, but there are also studies assessing the impact on mental performance. In fact, you literally train your brain as well while you are running.

Researchers from the University of Illinois found that exercising for 30 minutes already results in processing a problem faster and in a cognitive capacity improvement of up to 10 percent.

A clinical review reports that exercise leads to structural changes in the hippocampus which results in better learning and memory. Also, physically active people have a 60 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease than non-movers.

3. Energy tank

Do you have this energy drop in the afternoon and even a coffee wouldn’t help? Go for a run in the morning or during lunch break. Running increases your energy level and keeps it higher throughout the day.

By engaging in low-intensity exercise such as a 10-minute walk your body produces more mitochondria to meet your needs and you can decrease your fatigue by 65%. So if you want to boost your energy get moving!

4. Power-walking

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Walking has a tremendous effect on our brain’s activity. These brain scans from Hillman and colleagues tell enough. Here you can see our brain after sitting versus after a 20-minute walk:

Running Cogitive effects of exerciseSo there is no need to do a professional run to train your brain. Even more, cardiologist and researcher James O’Keefe states that we are born to walk rather than to run.

For those who are passionate about running: Light and moderate jogging was found to be more beneficial than being inactive. This isn’t an eye-opener yet, but did you know that light and moderate jogging is also more beneficial than going for a strenuous jog? In fact, fast-pace jogging appeared to be just as deadly as not moving at all!

It’s found that jogging for 1 to 2.4 hours per week is best for you and optimally not more than 3 times per week.

5. Running addiction

The effects of exercising have an addictive effect. If you can’t abstain from your running routine, you might be addicted in a similar way as seen in heroin addiction. After training for a while you need to exercise more to get the same level of euphoria.

However, aspiring runners and running starters, you don’t need to run far to feel upbeat! Only after having trained for quite some time, you have to do that extra-mile to still get that kick.

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 6. Runner’s High

Imagine yourself experiencing this:

‘Endorphins flood your brain and you are in euphoria. You realize: You have just finished conquering the world when most people have not even started their day. You feel like you could run forever. There isn’t any sore feeling in your body and you just feel amazing.’

This is how long-distance runners describe the so-called ‘Runner’s High‘. This god-like feeling is made possible by endorphins. The release of these naturally produced endogeneous opiods reduce feelings of pain and stress.

Whether you are a walker looking to become fit, a marathon runner aiming to recover faster or a starting runner who wants to improve endurance, moving your feet holds incredible powers for us to be fitter, stronger and of course smarter. 😉 Make sure you wear suitable shoes and maintain a proper posture to minimize risk to injury.

Now, get on your trainers and may the power of moving be with you!


Connecting Through Acroyoga: 5 Reasons to Try It (+ Videos)

Connecting Through Acroyoga: 5 Reasons to Try It (+ Videos)

What happens if you combine yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage? Acroyoga is born!

It is a very new sport, with the term used for the first time in 1999 by Acroyoga Montreal in Canada. In its beginning stage it was used in performance arts and dance. Later in 2003, Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer from Acroyoga practice incorporated healing arts.

Acroyoga is a type of partner yoga combining concepts of acrobatics with yogic principles. The practice consists of three persons, one taking the role of a so-called flyer, the other functions as a base and a third person is the spotter. The base assists the flyer in various poses and the spotter supervises the movements and can help if the base and the flyer are unstable.

The base can assist the flyer in stretches and can knead him or her – these practices are used during Thai massage. Primarily, the base’s legs, core and arms get strengthened and depending on the flyer’s position their back is released, muscles are stretched and strengthened.

5 reasons to do Acroyoga

1. Every Body can do it! Yes, you too!

Have you ever seen people doing acroyoga and thought it is only for acrobats? Did you think that only flexible, strong and daring people can do it? Nope! Most of acroyoga’s magic lies in the bone stacking technique. This means that basically every body type can be lifted since much of the stability lies in the structure.

2. It’s especially rewarding for beginners!

It can be done by every level of experience. You learn while doing it, so there is no reason to think you are not good enough to do it. Seeing impressive-looking lifts may seem intimidating, but only by trying, making mistakes, practicing more and more you will eventually be able to do these poses!

3. It’s a fun way to get fit!

Doing yoga and acrobatics simultaneously helps to strengthen the body by using the benefits of both sports. The yogic practice of synchronizing the breath with the movement helps to oxygenate the body and increases focus, which in turn helps with balancing to successfully do the poses. The Acroyoga practice helps to build stronger arms, legs and core and it lengthens and stretches the spine.

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4. Getting out of your comfort zone!

It is not just a workout that will make you more flexible, balanced and strong. Doing new challenging activities helps to boost self-confidence.

Going to an acroyoga class or meet-up does not mean you have to bring a partner. As long as there are more than two people, acroyoga can be done! It is wonderful to see couples, friends and people that just have met trying new, challenging things together. Between people bonds are made or strengthened and a great environment to overcome boundaries together is set.

5. It improves understanding between one another and builds community

You have to feel the other person to form a stable structure and to lift him or her up. Understanding the other person’s body teaches you about him or her. Both flyer and base are dependent on one another to make the movements work. Otherwise the flyer will fall on the base, which nobody wants!

Communication and trust form the basis to successfully doing acroyoga. Many people may agree that those are also the basis for a healthy relationship. To zoom out this understanding, good relationships between groups of people helps to form healthy communities!

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Have a look at these beautiful acroyoga videos:

Ready to start flying? 

Here is an Introduction and a youtube learning series to get started!


Hooping Yourself Healthy: 4 Reasons To Start Today (+ Videos)

Hooping Yourself Healthy: 4 Reasons To Start Today (+ Videos)

Hula Hooping as a fun yet effective workout? Even the Egyptians and ancient Greeks spinned hoops not only for fun but also for their fitness. According to a study by the American Council of Exercise (ACE) up to 600 calories can be burned in one hour of hula hooping. Advocats of hooping claim that it’s good for your core strenght, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, calorie burn, and a positive self-image.

We joined a hooping workshop at the Hoopla!Berlin and we have to admit that it is a workout worth trying as it includes lots of laughs and a blissful experience if you get the flow (hooping jargon 😉 ). Hooping can be a great way to bring more fun moments into your daily life. If you are not so much into athletics or ‘boring’ gym workouts, Hula Hooping can be a very attractive alternative to still get your body moving.

4 reasons to start Hula Hooping

1. Improved posture

Sitting all day long in front of a computer is a killer for a beautiful and healthy posture. The rhythmic rotating movements help you with mobilizing your spinal joints. Besides, to be able to spin the hoop around your waist, a good posture is essential as a straight posture allows the hoop to rotate properly. You will be practising to straighten your back in a playful way.

2. Body awareness

Hip-shaking, using your arms for some isolations, flipping and flowing. You will be surprised how much your body thanks you while you discover movements you have never done before. It teaches you a whole new sense of body awareness.

3. Fresh air

Spring is back! For hooping, all you need is a hoop (of course!) and enough room. So it’s perfect to do it outdoors! Hooping will give you yet another reason to hit the park, visit your parents (to get into a garden) or if you like total privacy to finally kick out stuff and clean up your home.

4. The Happy Factor

We have tried it for you and we can ensure you it’s great fun and the constant smile on your face ensures positivity all over your body. It is hard to not fall in love and get hooked on learning some hooping tricks…and if you practice for a while it will look just beautiful!

We want to share with you our favorite selection of Hula Hooping videos.

Put these on if you need a break and be prepared for some mood-enhancing, entertaining and inspiring twirls!

Pharrell Happy Hoop: (You probably know her, still can’t watch her enough)


One Hoop:


Soul Food Passion Fruit:


BangBang HoopDance:


Big Hoop Berlin: (the performance starts at 11:48)