Running successful therapy programs for depression

By | April 13, 2016

Bernadet Reinders-Dankelman (49) had thirteen years of depression when they finally, on the advice of her psychiatrist, began running therapy. She had previously no idea what it meant running and whether they could do it. “I had never even workout,” she says. “In the beginning I held it for a minute full, which was very disappointing. But gradually I built more energy. At one point I even participated in an endurance run of seven kilometers. I looked terrible dread, but afterwards I felt euphoric: I had succeeded. I was so happy! ”

The mutual support, the safety of the running group therapy, making therapeutic exercise for Bernadet valuable. “For others who have the same problems of depression as I do, I do not hold me high. I do not have to be ashamed if the tears come into my eyes. The others in the running therapy group understand what I’m going through, and that makes it safe. ”

Why running therapy is so successful in depression

Running, like running therapy is a good treatment method for depression, evidenced by scientific research. Short-term help three times a week for half an hour running equally well against depression as taking drugs. In the long term are the people who keep running even better off because they hardly fall back into a depression.


The success of running therapy for depression is partly in the confidence that gives racing, says physical therapist and running therapist Simon Woerkom, who conceived this movement therapy with a psychiatrist Bram Bakker and the standard ‘Running Therapy’ wrote. “People often experience that they can do more than they ever thought possible. That often works with other areas in life. ”

In addition, last but not least with depression, improve your mood with running therapy. While racing is because the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine stimulated in the brains, important vote fabrics that people with depression have a deficiency. Also, do endorphins, known as the happiness hormone. Simon van Woerkom “You feel therefore after running better than before.”

More and more doctors recognize that treatment with antidepressants may not be the only solution to depression, know running therapist Simon van Woerkom. “She works not always and can have serious side effects such as aggression, weight gain and decreased sex drive. Running is the least invasive and safest treatment for depression. Go therefore move first if you have depression. You can always still the pills if you do not help enough! ”

The secret of running therapy is intensive supervision


But how do you hoist yourself the hell out of the bank when a misery life and never have to chug? Running Therapist Simon Woerkom “If you are depressed, it is indeed almost impossible to put in to walk alone.” When running therapy get why people with depression intensive supervision by the move. Stick his firm arrangements for the training times. Simon van Woerkom: “I also love to people, if necessary, I take them home. I walk myself with it, I put on my sports clothes. Moreover, not only train, but in groups. ”


Running Therapy lasts eight to twelve weeks and takes place twice a week. You learn to walk calmly and gradually improve endurance. It is not supposed to stop running after the treatment period with walking, because there is likely to quickly fall back into a depression. Many people join therefore to a walking group, others are independently run.

Running means a significant change in the lives of many people, says running therapist Simon Woerkom: “Anyone who has followed running therapy with me and has given a sequel, feels better and has less or no medication needed. ”

Bernadet is not finished her depression, she’s still in the middle of her healing process. “But the running therapy gives me definitely a push in the right direction: I get the feeling not to be stuck in my complaints. After each run, I feel fulfilled: it’s me done it again! I have after running therapy more energy to do things than on other days, if only folding laundry. I feel less tired in my head. That is very nice.’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *