The Physical Performance Show: Scott Douglas – Interest Edition: Bestselling Author: Running is my Therapy

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Scott Douglas

In episode 176 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Scott Douglas – Bestselling Author: Running is my Therapy in this interest edition.

Scott Douglas features in this weeks Interest Edition of the Physical Performance Show. Scott is a Veteran Running, Fitness and Health Journalist, former Senior Editor of Runner’s World Magazine, Current Runner’s World Online contributor and Best-Selling Author.

Scott is the Author of 6 Fantastic Running Books including the Little Red Book of Running, Advanced Marathoning with Pete Pfitzinger, Meb for Mortals and 26 Marathons with none other than episode 165 featured performer, US Great Meb Keflezighi Marathoner and most recently Scott released the book that he’d been wanting to write from more than two decades “Running is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier”. Scott himself is a lifelong Runner having clocked more than a 110,000 miles on his running odometer.

During this episode, Scott takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to produce a book like Running is My Therapy, the hours of research, the hours of preparation, the hours of labour. Scott also openly shares his own struggles throughout his life with low grade depression and the fascinating story of how Scott came to realise that he needed to seek assistance. If you ever wondered why you feel so good after a run or conversely why you feel so miserable, irritated or frustrated when you are unable to run then this is an episode you are going to really enjoy.  We discuss all things running for anxiety, depression and mood and the science that underpins just what is happening.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Scott’s Working life
  • Working with Meb Keflezighi
  • All about the Book Running Is My Therapy
  • Scott’s Running Career history
  • Running research timeline
  • Feedback after Book Release
  • Scope and size of Anxiety based on Research
  • How can running help people with depression
  • Structural changes in the brain
  • Key Principles on how much, when and where is a good run
  • Negative talks from non-runners to Running Addiction
  • Best Advice

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How running can help with depression.
1. Running or resistance training helps release of feel good brain chemicals.
2. Psychological aspects of running
3. Social connection when running
4. Calming effects of running in a person with anxiety

“Any run is a good run.”
“Any run on the day is better in our mental health than not running.”
“The more you could be in the natural setting, the more it motivates you to do it again and again.
“Most runners have not given themselves the chance to see how good they could be.”

Scott Douglas

To follow Scott Douglas

Twitter:  @mescottdouglas
Website: Scott Douglas
Scott Douglas’s Books

Scott Douglas


0:00 Start 
1:46 Introduction to Scott Douglas
3:50 Scott’s Working life
6:00 Working with Meb Keflezighi
8:55 All about the Book Running Is My Therapy
10:29 Scott’s Running Career history
17:00 Running research timeline
18:55 Feedback after Book Release
20:26 Scope and size of Anxiety based on Research
24:40 How can running help people with depression
30:48 Structural changes in the brain
32:43 Key Principles on how much, when and where is a good run
38:51 Negative talks from non-runners to Running Addiction
40:40 Best Advice
42:50 Physical Challenge for the Week
44:20 Where can we follow Scott Douglas
44:45 Finish

People Mentioned:

Meb Keflezighi – 4X US Olympian New York and Boston Marathon Champion, Silver Marathon Medalist (2004) Episode 165 of the Physical Performance Show
Alberto Salazar – American Track Coach

Scott Douglas

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