Modern life in Iran: Running in a Hijab
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I'm running around Iran dressed in a hijab, a t-shirt and running tights. The temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius here, so I’ve been drinking a lot. As I left the apartment for my run, sweat trickles down my back. I knew it was just my body's reaction to the change in climate; so I quickly shake the thought off and begin my run uphill with my friend who, as a guy, has the privilege of running in shorts here. But I'm soon running a few metres behind him, the air now feels thick and I’m struggling to catch my breath. I soon start contemplating passing out, and for some reason thinking that I’ve used up 40% of my energy. However, I know I'm stronger, and with that thought, I press on up the hill. Even though it's early in the morning, Iranians are already out on the streets and some are also going on their morning jog. Tehran is beginning to pulsate with life; the traffic is growing with every minute that passes. You can feel the might and power of this city. Running with my friend makes me feel free; it’s liberating and has a positive impact on our circulatory and respiratory system, but I believe that there are also neurological benefits of physical exercise as well as indirect effects on one's intelligence and creativity. The body-brain relationship is one that has fascinated many scientists throughout the years. Thanks to numerous studies, many links between the mind and body have been discovered. To keep our brain in top shape, we have to condition it.
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