Endurance Sports and Personal Growth

March 19, 2015 4:14 PM

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Endurance Sports and Personal Growth

The clinical benefits of endurance sports have long been documented and include a reduced risk of heart failure, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. Additionally, a new wave of research shows that participating in common endurance sports may be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Less studied, but perhaps just as important, is how involvement in endurance sports enhances day-to-day life by changing the nature of stress and nurturing what psychologists call a "growth mindset," which can be described as a general outlook on life that recognizes a natural human capacity to grow and evolve -- especially in the face of challenges.

I recently had the opportunity to discuss endurance sports, stress, and growth mindsets with world-renowned health psychologist Kelly McGonigal. Our conversation led to an article for Outside Magazine: "Endurance Sports Will Make You a Better, Calmer, Person." This piece generated thoughtful discuss...

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