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Running is My Therapy

Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

There's no other book like this. Longtime running writer Scott Douglas marshals expert advice (including his own, cultivated from more than 100,000 miles of personal experience), and a growing body of scientific research to show how running can make us happier.

How? Everyone knows that running builds stronger muscles and a healthier heart; science now shows it also helps develop a healthier brain. For those struggling with depression and anxiety, a consistent running routine can enhance the mental-health benefits of talk therapy, antidepressants, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The key to running's therapeutic power lies in its lasting physiological effects, inducing changes in brain structure and chemistry that other forms of exercise don't. Thanks to the body's release of natural pain-relievers that includes the best mood boost in all of sports.

Running is my therapy is no longer just a mantra for seasoned runners; with science behind him, Douglas presents proven methods so that we can all use running to improve our mental health and live happier - in and out of running shoes.

©2018 Scott Douglas; Foreword copyright 2018 by Alison Mariella Désir (P)2018 Tantor

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"Everyone who cares about mental health needs to read Running Is My Therapy. Scott Douglas lays out all the evidence for running as an effective intervention for depression and anxiety in a way that's both inspiring and practical." (Sepideh Saremi, LCSW, founder of Run Walk Talk therapy)

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  • Gabriele George
  • 09-08-18

Extremely therapeutic!

Captivating! A must read for anyone who suffers from depression or knows someone who suffers from depression; basically everyone!

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  • Carol A Brown
  • 26-06-18

very insightful

helped me keep my sox day a week run going. will listen again of need motivation.

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  • missdawes
  • 05-06-19

keep going, but know your limits

I found this book very useful for underlining why it's so important for me to run regularly. I get a lot of comfort from knowing that there are people who also suffer from depression and run for the mental health benefits. I have a good foundation of diet and sleep, however the run truly adds a extra quality to my life. I am very grateful and thankful that I am able to run, and that I have the opportunities to do it regularly.

This is a great book which consolidated what I already know about the positive impact of running on mental health. But I did get a lot of new information, and I found the many anecdotes from other runners very interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-20

great book!

I absolutely loved this book it was really interesting throughout if I only had one helpful critique the book was just a little long but I also like how they would refur back to other points in the book it would help me remember oh yeah that's where they said that.

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  • Jess
  • 27-11-19

So boring, couldn’t finish it

I’m sure there is some decent content here, but it is so boring, I could get into it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-19

"To be a Runner you Just have to Run!"

Such a book was needed in today's culture. I loved that the book delivers scientific facts, personal summaries and interviews from mental health professionals. Also, I especially appreciate that the author leaves managing your care to you. No judgement not an advocate for or against medicine. Work of Art! Thank you friend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-19

mental wellness

interesting reading that running (self medicating) for some runners may not enough to control depression and anxiety.

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  • Michael
  • 29-11-18

probably a great book but has a slightly racist

probably a great book but has a slightly racist comment a few minutes into the first chapter. sounds like a tool.

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