What is ‘rage running’ and is it a good emotional outlet? A global fitness coach reveals the answer.

It’s a well-known fact that physical activity can improve our mental health and is an excellent form of self-care. But now, many of us are using running as an outlet to soothe negative emotions, such as anger and frustration. ‘Rage running’ is the latest fitness trend which uses running or jogging as a channel to release intense, destructive emotions. This unique approach serves as a therapeutic outlet for managing negativity and hinges on the age-old wisdom that exercise triggers the release of endorphins (the happiness hormones). But is ‘rage running’ the next frontier in emotional well-being, or does it pose risks? We spoke to global fitness coach, Joanna Dase at Curves, who provides her expert insight.

What is a ‘Rage Run’?

A rage run is pretty much what it sounds like – it’s a type of high intensity running session specifically aimed at letting out pent-up anger and frustration. The idea is to either cover a few miles until you feel less angry or push yourself to run faster than your usual speed for a short burst, typically around 10 to 15 minutes.

This intense running triggers the release of endorphins, often referred to as the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters. These endorphins generate a short-lived, euphoric boost commonly known as the ‘runner’s high.’ This not only aids in dispelling lingering anger but also enhances your ability to manage such emotions, providing both a physical and emotional outlet. It’s about channelling that negative energy into a productive run!

Do you have any tips to ‘Rage Run’ safely?

Keeping up a rapid pace can be physically demanding, and this discomfort or pain can lead to frustration. Ensure you have a proper warm-up before starting your high-intensity run. This can help prepare your muscles, joints, and cardiovascular system for the increased demands. If you feel any unusual pain during your run, be sure to slow down your pace and modify the intensity to avoid potential injuries.

If you have high expectations for your run, such as achieving a certain pace or distance, falling short of those goals can result in anger within yourself. Shift your focus from purely outcome-based goals to the process of running itself. Appreciate the act of running as a form of emotional release, rather than solely concentrating on performance metrics.

External factors such as weather conditions, crowded running paths, or unexpected obstacles can also contribute to frustration during a run. Be sure to prepare for unexpected weather changes, choose less crowded routes, and try to develop mental resilience by acknowledging the challenges as part of the running experience.

What should you do after a Rage Run?

Recovery is an integral part of any run, including a rage run. After venting out your emotions through intense physical activity, it’s essential to transition into a calming and soothing phase. Start by gradually reducing your pace to a brisk walk and then to a slow stroll. This will help reduce your heart rate and slow down your breathing, whilst preventing muscle stiffness after a run. When you have finished exercising, focus on slow, deep breaths to counteract the heightened physiological responses associated with anger. You can do this whilst stretching gently to incorporate breathwork with a proper-cool down and minimise muscle tension.

Now is the time to allow yourself rest and relaxation. Whether it’s taking a warm bath or simply lying down with your eyes closed, giving your body and mind a chance to unwind after a rage run is crucial. Reflect on the emotions and thoughts that surfaced whilst running. Consider journaling as a way to process and gain insights into the root causes of your frustration. This reflective practice can contribute to a longer-term emotional healing. If your negative feelings persist, consider seeking professional guidance from a therapist who can help you navigate difficult emotions.

Can Rage Running become unhealthy?

Like any coping mechanism, relying solely on rage running may not always be a healthy or effective long-term strategy. While a rage run is great for releasing endorphins and redirecting anger or frustration, it is still necessary to address underlying issues. This requires ongoing attention and work to help you process what’s behind your anger response. Speaking to your GP or therapist can help you learn effective communication skills to handle emotionally difficult situations better in the future.

Additionally, it’s important to take great care when engaging in high-intensity activities while in a heightened emotional state. While physical activity can be a healthy outlet for emotions, individuals may be less aware of their surroundings, form and body signals when emotionally charged. If you’re struggling with distraction or improper technique during workouts, it is important to seek professional guidance from a fitness coach to ensure a balanced approach.

Ultimately, embracing rage running as one tool in your emotional toolbox can be beneficial, but it’s essential to complement it with long-term strategies, self-reflection, and support for overall well-being. So, lace up those running shoes, release the tension, and enjoy the run!

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Editor Lisa Baker is passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing. Lisa is a qualified Vibrational Therapist and has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.