I hate running. I have always thought the act of running around aimlessly incredibly boring. Don't get me wrong, I love sports and will run all day to play basketball. But running just to run and for the health benefits has never appealed to me. This past week I started a new group devotional plan called Soulcon. It is written by a former member of the US military and it incorporates fitness and eating well into our faith in Christ. I tell you this because a couple days ago one of the assignments was to research the mental health benefits of running. What I found amazed me and one of the first things I thought of was sharing with this group. Here is the very first link the pops up on google: https://www.podiumrunner.com/10-mental-health-benefits-running_165899 It's all stuff we are dealing with! Depression, anxiety, self esteem. And check out the last one: It helps the brain heal from substance abuse! Here is another one for those of you that don't want to use the google machine: https://www.verywellfit.com/the-mental-benefits-of-jogging-2911666 Disclaimer: I still don't really 'enjoy' it. But it gave me a whole different motivation behind it other than just the physical benefits. Disclaimer #2: I have only done a couple of 5k jog/walks since I've done the "research", so I don't have any real personal experience to pass along. But I found this stuff out and I thought I should pass it along. It just fits what we are fighting so perfectly. (To bad it totally sucks right?) I love finding out stuff like this. Hope it helps some of you as well. Maybe it's already know throughout the group? Keep fighting!