One day while I was in bed, I rolled over lazily, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my neglected, bright pink running shoes. For a brief second there, I felt an emotion akin to missing a friend. “What the heck,” I figured and I put them on. That day I completed a 15-minute walk, outside, in the fresh air. When I returned home, I sort of felt a little bit better.
The next day, I walked further. The day after that, I ran a bit. And so on and so forth. Eventually I found running was more than just a thing you do for the body. It’s something you do for the mind as well. This isn’t a placebo effect thing either. It’s been proven that when you run, or exercise, endorphins in the brain are released that trigger a positive or euphoric feeling (runner’s high, anyone?).
Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of all suicides in 2012 were workers in the construction and extraction occupational group.
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