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Connecting with family, friends and running buddies is important—but sometimes you need to spend a little time with number one. A recent study in the journal Health Psychology found a link between meditation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Practicing mindfulness has also been found to improve athletic performance—so it could lead to faster race times. If you’re not sure where to start, try an app like Headspace, Omvana or Buddhify to lead you through the experience.