Jogging Journalist: Sailing on this second wind

Community reporting calls on journalists to step into a community and hear its heartbeat, recording the daily struggles and joys of residents. To take it up a notch, Berea Mail reporter Danica Hansen decided to take part in the Stella Athletic Club’s Couch to 10km Challenge. Watch his journey unfold in The Jogging Journalist’s diary. Today we bring you the eighth article in the series.

FOLLOWING the KZN floods, this journalist was manhandled, in more ways than one.

Hitting the pavement twice a week for a grueling workout is often the last place I want to be. And even though I missed a few sessions here and there, I have to say that I’m never disappointed when I drag myself into training.

No matter how physically tired, emotionally drained, or mentally exhausted I feel, I’m always refreshed after a run.
It’s common knowledge that exercise can lead to a boost of energy, but experiencing it firsthand is always exciting and surprising for this amateur athlete.

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Being the nerd that I am, I was fascinated to find out more, so I Googled to tell me how and why exercise boosts my energy levels so drastically.

I learned that exercise can prompt the body to produce more mitochondria, aka “the powerhouse of the cell”. I won’t get too technical because I’m not a scientist, but these bad boys are apparently responsible for producing fuel from the glucose in our food – so more mitochondria means more energy. There are also many articles explaining how running increases blood circulation, releases endorphins and even leads to a euphoric state known as “runners high”.

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I can’t say I’ve ever had the high, but I’m definitely noticing increased energy levels and improved focus – much needed – as anyone who knows me will attest!

So if you’re feeling the mid-year slump prematurely like me, why not take a jog around your neighborhood or a walk? You might be amazed at the results!

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