2 Minute Run – A magic pill for anxiety

January 18, 2023

2 Minute Run. If I asked you to run for 2, you might scoff or laugh at me. The image of “doing something” always comes with descriptions like he ran for hours or days. Unless you kill yourself doing something, it is not effort. But there is a special place in your life for a 2 minute walk or run. Allow me to explain.

Our body has been build for flight or fight. It’s a primordial response to our environment. Often, the environment could be hostile. When faced with a hostile situation, our body and brain would respond. Fight or Flight. In both, your body would produce adrenaline or epinephrine. Think of epinephrine as a turbo booster to your capacity to do something.

The thing is, a shot of adrenaline is best used for a very short duration. Historically, we never need it for long as any encounter with danger was short lived. We escaped or didn’t and it all happened quickly.

Today, our reasons for stress are far more enduring. Work stress, family stress. Life seems to prolong with no end in sight. You could easily spend days or months fretting about things. Also, the number of reasons we can get stressed is long. Here is where the 2 minutes of running come into play.

If you are anxious, what ever the reason, your body cannot differentiate. It will produce the epinephrine. The epinephrine needs to be used. Which is why if you engaged in a 2 minute run or walk, it would be equal to running away from the tiger. Only this time you are using your bodies inability to differentiate in your favour. It can’t tell if you are running because there is a tiger or because you are stressed about your marriage.

You have used up the hormone. You will immediately feel lighter and better. The next time you feel stressed or anxious, do what you might have already done by reflex, paced your room. This time do it as a deliberate and purposeful strategy.

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