28 Apr '16, 3pm

The Perfect Race

The Perfect Race

Running can be as effective—if not more effective—than medication in treating depression. According to Dr. John Ratey, a psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, running not only helps to balance the same neurochemicals that popular antidepressants target, like dopamine and serotonin, but it offers goals to strive for and can also provide social support. Perhaps equally important, albeit far less reported on, running (and in particular, ultrarunning) offers individuals struggling with depression a safe space to explore their emotions. Unlike an analgesic, which aims to numb pain, running provides an avenue into pain—an avenue, that for some, is highly therapeutic. Rob Krar, the two-time Western States Endurance Run champion and North American Ultra Runner of the year in 2013 and 2014, has become more outspoken about how running helps him...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/the-perfect-race

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