07 Jul '17, 1am

10 Mental Health Benefits of Running Backed By Science

10 Mental Health Benefits of Running Backed By Science

“If you’re feeling stressed out, lace up those running shoes and take them for a spin.” So goes the accumulated wisdom of studies on how running can reduce stress. But the other mental health benefits of this ancient sport may be less familiar—and potentially even stronger motivation to break in those running shoes. Decreases symptoms of depression Multiple studies have concluded that regular aerobic exercise—and primarily jogging or brisk walking — reduces the symptoms of clinical depression. Strikingly, in one study, running was found to be as effective as an intervention for depression as psychotherapy. When study participants were assigned to one of three groups—a running group, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group, and a group that received both interventions—all three of the groups experienced a similarly significant decline in depressive symptoms, with little di...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2017/07/health/10-mental-he...

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