Hi! I have posted on here, mainly about my awful shin splints, which i have to say are behaving at the moment lol.
but i am trying to write a presentation on my one passion - running - and how i think it helps depression. I know i run and as i run i think and i get my best thoughts when i run and after a run i feel awesome. I know when i have been down or life has been tough running has helped. no one other than runners will understand what i am blabbing on about, but i thought i would turn to the wise runners of runners world to give me their views (if they don't mind) or any great science stories they know to help me stand up and give a talk for 30 mins....by the way i can talk the hind legs off a donkey, but standing up on my own terrifies me more than doing london in 2010! lol thank you soooo much...jane x
It helps me. My depression is getting worse when I don't run. I have had a 2 week break due to ankle sprain (just before christmas) and come boxing day I thought I could kill, gym was shut and pouring outside so could not bike and felt very frustrated. When I run I think I can take more stress in other situations and it is my release. Hopefuly running will prevent me from taking medication in the future or so I am hoping.
Already in these replies we have confusion over what depression and its symptoms actually are.
Depression is usually about lack of motivation, of wanting to do anything in circumstances where normally the individual would be active.
Too many think its about being really, really upset and just plain miserable.
A chemically induced apathy prevails. MB's right, to a certain extent.
A depressed runner will have to force themselves out the door to go training. And after no more than 10 mins will return home instead of doing the 10 miles.
Jane, have you looked at this thread? Seems like a good collection of people to give you examples from their experience:
Ronnie O'Sullivan (snooker player) has quite famously battled depression through running. Check the BBC article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7240545.stm
You've got the other side to this which is that running helps your body stablise/normalise it's chemical systems, as does all excersise.
Since a chemical imbalance is linked to depression and meny other mental health issues , most recommend some form of excersise as a way to address this.
As well as the benefits of being outside in the fresh air and having time to clear you head as it were. It's also harder to get into a worry/over thinking cycle when you are exercising so it helps you make more rational decisions.
If you're someone who benefits from assigning a worry time, choosing your worry time to match your exercise time is doubly good as you can stop worrying the rest of the time and because of the physical exertion you can't worry as much in your worry time and you actually make better decisions in that worry time.
As ever though it doesn't work for everyone.
thank you so much for posting the links i will certainly read through them later when i have time. also thank you for all your views, pos and neg as this helps me present my half hour presentation. from my personal experience i agree with all the pos comments as it helped me get through a difficult time in my life. i hope many more will comment as it is an interesting topic amongst a group of people who have differing views in a common interest. jane
I get bouts of depression and running 'keeps the dogs away'.
It does help, but as said above I think it can have both positive and negative effects.I have had depression for a number of years and without doubt running and exercise has helped. It lets me loose myself, takes me mind off things, and gives me something to focus on and look forward to. Also the sense of achievement really helps. I've also found running has helped more than swimming. I was a competitive swimmer for a long time, swimming about 8 sessions a week, but only when I got into running did it really help with my mood (I think because it was for me - no coach, I could just run as I liked and had control over it).On the other hand it can have negative effects. I soon started running too much (probably as an escape). This then developed into somewhat of an addiction, which coupled with eating problems became a full blown eating disorder(exercising for like 6 hours a day and not eating much...), So yeah, it can be bad as very easily becomes the only way to escape and this makes it addictive.Nevertheless, I love running and it has helped so much. I have to make sure I don't over train, and don't depend too much on it, but I really believe it has been the best treatment for me - so much so I feel I m definitely on the road to recovery!
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