Struggling to get your creative juices flowing? Go on a run!

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If you ever find yourself experiencing a creative block or facing a difficult decision, a run may be all you need to help you through.

Research shows that 83% of people say they find themselves making great decisions or coming up with brilliant ideas while running – with a third (32%) saying they do so all the time.

The research by running specialists, Runners Need, found that a third of people also like to think about their life while on a run and this is the time that 13% decide to create their to-do list.

While productivity and decision making appears to be enhanced through running, research shows there are also further benefits that running brings to our minds. A quarter of people say they feel at their most calm or sane while on a run and a third also say that running helps their mind as much as their body.

In fact, the Runners Need research of 1,500 runners revealed that people have been reaping the wellbeing benefits that come with running. Nearly a third (32%) have been running more since the first lockdown last March as it has been good for their mental health and because it boosts their mood (27%).

Steve Paterson, People Development and Product Trainer at Runners Need, said: “Running is a great way to switch off from the distractions of daily life, which is why many people may feel like they are more creative or have a greater sense of clarity when running.

“With many of us still working from home we may feel uninspired by our surroundings or find it difficult to break from the every day – our research found that 20% of people use running as a way to escape the family and get a bit of ‘me time’ and 28% enjoy running alone to get away from the household.

“Getting outside and being among nature can provide that spark you may be searching for, not to mention enable you to benefit from all the other health benefits that running provides too.”

To encourage more people to reap the physical and mental health benefits of running, Runners Need has partnered with New Balance to bring the Run For You challenge on Strava. The challenge starts on May 10 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and will reward runners for completing 20 minutes of running on three separate days until May 16.

For those who sign up and take part in the free Strava challenge, all they need to do is run three times in one week to receive 20% off full priced New Balance running products at Runners Need. They will also be entered into a prize draw to win New Balance kit and to have the option to enter into a further draw to win a place at the Virgin Money London Marathon on October 3, 2021.

To sign up to the challenge to be rewarded simply for going for a run visit

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