On the worst days, finding time to fit in a run feels like just another item on the to-do list. On the best days, finding time to fit in a run feels like the perfect gift to give yourself.
About 14 percent of people regularly turn to exercise as a way to handle their daily stress, according to an online poll from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. And with good reason: Breaking a sweat naturally boosts a range of feel-good chemicals in the brain that can help combat even your sourest of moods.
Plus, it certainly doesn't hurt that many runners like to take things outside -- and the simple act of spending some time out in the open can curb stress and up happiness.
That's why we asked our Twitter followers to show us the beautiful backdrops of their regular runs. Here are a few of our favorites, because, as Brady Gervais so eloquently tweeted, "It's a beautiful day to be a runner."
— Andrea Parziale (@Andrea_Parziale) August 11, 2014
— Betty Rhoades (@bettyjoan) August 11, 2014
— rebecca kordecki (@rebeccakordecki) August 10, 2014
— Vanessa Junkin (@VanessaJunkin) August 10, 2014
— Caroline Carlisle (@careuhhline) August 10, 2014
— Susan Lenderts (@sooze20miles) August 7, 2014
— rebecca kordecki (@rebeccakordecki) August 6, 2014
— shirley319 (@shirley319) August 6, 2014
— Small Town Runner (@Raina_runs) July 21, 2014
— Mark V (@Blkjkrabbit66) July 19, 2014
— VS Sport (@VSSportOfficial) June 27, 2014
— Karla Bruning (@KBruning) June 26, 2014
— Small Town Runner (@Raina_runs) June 23, 2014
— Small Town Runner (@Raina_runs) June 19, 2014
— Chelsey Jo (@ChelseyJo) June 18, 2014
— Women's Running (@WomensRunning) June 4, 2014
— Mark V (@Blkjkrabbit66) May 17, 2014
— Brady Gervais (@bgervais) October 26, 2013
This GPS Guide is part of a series of posts designed to bring you back to balance when you're feeling off course.
GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.