They say that exercise is just as great for the mind as it is for the body, and for many women the daily run is essential to melting away the stresses of the past week. But can it really liberate you?
Filmmakers Matan Rochlitz and Ivo Gormley decided to test the theory by interviewing runners in Victoria Park, London - and they captured some touchingly frank admissions.
From the science school teacher who missed out on having children of her own, to the marathon trainee struggling to support his father through dementia - the runners proffered some poignant insights for dealing with the delights and disappointments of life.
Our favourite included an ageing marathon racer's thoughts about happiness: "It doesn't matter whether you're sweeping roads or CEO of Lloyd's, you've got to love what you do."
It's just the inspiration we needed for our upcoming Pink Ribbonwalks, in support of Breast Cancer Care. So see if the runners' gems of wisdom
can uplift you this dreary Monday, and don't forget to sign up today
for woman&home's Pink Ribbonwalks...
Not sure if running is for you? Studies show that running can make you happier, strengthen your joints and add years to your life. Not to mention, the calorie and fat burning power of going for a run! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, make sure you get the most out of your run with the best trainers for women.
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