Charissa Jackson speaks equally is highly of the benefits of running on her PTSD symptoms, ‘But whenever those awful moments surface, I tap into what has proved to be my most vital medicine: exercise. Running and weight lifting help me shed PTSD like other people shed pounds.’
Founder of PTSD UK, Jacqui Suttie, acknowledges however, than running may not be for everyone, ‘I felt that I needed to get rid of the adrenaline coursing through my body – it was so electric and overwhelming – so I joined a gym. On the days I felt strong enough to get to the gym, I did the ‘safe’ classes – aqua-aerobics and dance aerobics – they consisted of me and lots of lovely retired ladies, so I felt safer than being out and about running on my own. It really helped me ‘use up’ that adrenaline, and I felt much better that day’.
A new study at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is currently underway to continue the research behind exercise positively affecting post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and is expected to last three years.
Other exercise and sports have been shown to reduce PTSD syptoms such as yoga – please comment below if can recommend any other sports for reducing your PTSD symptoms and share the knowledge!
You can read more about running and it’s affects on PTSD symptoms here.
IMAGE: ‘West Highland Way running’ by Robin McConnell