Run, Sweat, Smile

2 min readMay 5, 2023


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The Non-Guru Experience

I’m not a health guru or anything, just speaking from my own experience. When the pandemic hit, a lot of the city’s roads were closed to traffic, which made it easier for me to start running in Yogyakarta. I gotta say, I really enjoy it — it’s a great way to get some exercise without feeling like you’re doing too much. Plus, it’s been great for my body!

Blissful Chemicals

So, it seems that when you go for a run, your body produces a chemical called endorphins. This chemical is like a natural painkiller, and it can also make you feel happier! I read a few health articles that talked about it, and it sounds pretty cool.

If you don’t feel like running, though, don’t worry! There are other things you can do to get those endorphins flowing. For example, you could do some cleaning around the house, or try meditating. And if all else fails, you could always eat some chocolate — apparently, that works too!

At Least an Hour

So, basically, running in the morning isn’t something you have to do every day, but it’s always good to find time for it when you can. If you do it regularly, it can have a ton of awesome physical and mental health benefits.

  • I have enough energy to get through the workday
  • It’s like a mood booster that makes the day more enjoyable
  • I have personally experienced both weight loss and weight maintenance
  • Other sources also say it can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease

I’ve heard from some sources that we should try to get at least an hour or two of exercise every week. It doesn’t have to be running or jogging though — there are plenty of other ways to get active. Of course, you should adjust your routine to fit with your daily schedule and workload.

Start with Yourself

So, if you want to have a healthier body and mind in the future and feel better throughout the day, it’s important to start with yourself. I think everyone has their own way of staying physically active to maintain a healthy body.

Don’t worry about starting late, today is always a good day to begin. Of course, sticking to any routine takes effort and determination.

I hope this article can enlighten you!




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