Spartan Race Responds to an Article Revealing the Correlation between Exercise and Calm Behavior

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Spartan Race reacts to an article published on myfoxhouston.com which discusses exercise and tranquility by showcasing the inspiring dedication of Lise Gillis and how exercising has become a comfort for her.

On August 23rd, Spartan Race responds to an article for myfoxhouston.com, which suggests that a calmed state of mind and exercise are linked, by releasing a statement about Lise Gillis, a busy mother who finds solace in her Spartan training.

In a recent Fox News Houston article, Brad Kennedy, who leads the Pathfinder Group at the Menninger Clinic, believes that exercise has the ability to improve a person’s mood. He explains that exercise effects mood so powerfully that enough exercise can be as effective as an anti-depressant. According to Kennedy, “For the average person out there, think about what kind of impact that's going to have? Not just physically to look good, but chemicals going on in the brain.”

The Fox News Houston article speaks volumes for Spartan Racer Lise Gillis, who experiences a welcomed comfort when training for Spartan Races. In July, Spartan Race representative Katie Idle spoke to Lise Gillis, a Spartan racer who, despite daily adversity, successfully finished Toronto’s 2012 Spartan Race. In addition being a wife and a mother of three while working full time as an office administrator, Gillis looks after her ill parents; her father, who suffers from dementia and her stepmother who was diagnosed with cancer. While caring for her father and stepmother, Gillis felt discouraged from racing, but she explained, “I had to have something to look forward to and get excited about, I needed to do the Spartan for myself.”

Even with all the stresses of Gillis’s everyday life, Gillis still finds solace by training for and participating in the Spartan Race. Gillis completed the Spartan Race in Toronto on June 24th and proudly displays her medal in her car. Since her run in June, Gillis has been training for the Calgary Spartan Race on August 18th. In addition to her training, Gillis partakes in activities that include skating, snowboarding, hot yoga and ice hockey, exemplifying the message of fitness Spartan Race stands by. The article affirms that Gillis is successfully controlling her busy life, spending her mornings training and then taking care of her family in the evening. Gillis stated, “I go full out as I truly believe that if you do something, you need to do it 100%.”

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to http://www.spartanrace.com for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit http://www.spartanrace.tv. Their tagline touts, “You’ll know at the finish line!”

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