The Redesigning Wellness Podcast

134: Dynamic Running Therapy with William Pullen

William Pullen bio pic

In our expansion into other areas of wellbeing, physical health has taken a backseat and it’s become taboo to talk about it as part of our wellness efforts. We’ve forgotten how important our physical health is and most importantly, the positive impact things like exercise have on our mental and emotional health. After all, wellbeing is an interconnected concept.  So, why not combine two good things for our wellbeing – exercise and therapy?

Today’s guest is William Pullen, founder of Dynamic Running Therapy, a psychotherapist and author. His passion is for getting people moving, a subject he speaks about in his TEDx talk “Movement is Medicine and his book, Run for Your Life.

William practices Integrative therapy in London and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, problems of self-esteem and confidence, and substance abuse.

This interview starts off with what he refers to as his meltdown and he got past his depression. William tells us how he came up with the term and practice of Dynamic Running Therapy, what it is and its benefits. He then leaves us with a tangible tip involving an interesting concept called an empathy walk.

Interview Highlights:
  • [5:30] William’s meltdown at the age of 39 and the steps he took to get out of it.
  • [10:55] What running can do for a person who’s depressed.
  • [12:05] Dynamic Running Therapy – what it is and how he created the concept.
  • [20:15] The link between being in nature, exercise and health.
  • [24:15] Does walking do the same as running? How you get past the depression to take the first step to exercise.
  • [28:55] How his book and app works.
  • [32:20] The empathy walk and how it works.
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William’s TEDx talk: Movement is Medicine

William’s book: Running with Mindfulness

http://dynamicrunningtherapy.co.uk/

Twitter: @pullentherapy

Instagram: D_runningtherapy

Matt Haig – Reasons to Stay Alive

Full Bio:

William Pullen is the founder of Dynamic Running Therapy, a psychotherapist and author. He is also the developer of the mental health app ‘Dynamic Running Therapy.’ His passion is for getting people moving, a subject he speaks about in his TEDx talk “Movement is Medicine.

His book, Run for Your Life, is published in 11 countries.  He practices Integrative therapy in London and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, problems of self-esteem and confidence, and substance abuse.

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