“The author examines how to motivate oneself to exercise, how to exercise well, and how to deal with the possible risks of exercise. Covering all the relevant issues makes this a very useful handbook for anyone suffering from depression or anxiety.”-Publishers Weekly". . . the best, most readable and authoritative book on exercise as a treatment of depression and anxiety. I know what he says is true. I prescribe exercise for my depressed and anxious patients and we know that it helps. I will now prescribe Conquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise as well!"
Robert S. Brown, Sr., Ph.D., M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Virginia"Keith Johnsgard has worn many hats through his distinguished career - that of psychologist, teacher, scholar, clinician, author and, not least, athlete. In Conquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise, Johnsgard displays all his various gifts, along with hard-won wisdom and a flair for storytelling. Before filling your prescription for anxiety or depression medication, do yourself a massive favor and read this engaging, authoritative, and inspiring book."
John Brant, Senior Writer,"In this meticulously researched and elegantly written book, Keith Johnsgard convincingly demonstrates that exercise is good for body and soul. Required reading for anyone looking for a safe, effective, inexpensive way to manage moods, assuage anxiety and enhance mental health."
Carol Krucoff, founding editor, Washington Post Health Section
One out of every two Americans will suffer from some mental disorder during their lifetimes, with depression being the most common problem. How do most of us cope? Usually, we turn to overeating, drinking, and smoking. In short, we treat our unhealthy mental reactions to the American lifestyle with even unhealthier physical habits.
Clinical psychologist Keith Johnsgard — an inveterate runner who is in his 70’s! — proposes a better solution in this uplifting book. Why not turn to exercise — one of the healthiest aspects of American lifestyle — as a means of improving not just our physical well-being but our state of mind as well? Though usually associated with losing weight and physical fitness, exercise does in fact offer many mental health benefits. Johnsgard inspires us to put on a pair of sneakers and start moving. He draws from a lifetime of clinical experience, research on the psyche of the athlete, and personal experience as an athlete to make a convincing case that exercise can greatly enhance our mental outlook. Further, physical activity decreases the symptoms of depression as well as psychotherapy and drugs, and with only positive side effects! Exercise not only reduces depression and anxiety, but also boosts your energy level and self-esteem.
If depression and anxiety have overshadowed your life, or you just want to improve your mental outlook while enhancing your physical fitness, this book is a superb motivator to help you help yourself through the healthiest, least expensive, and simplest method available.
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Keith Johnsgard, Ph.D. (Los Gatos, CA), is emeritus professor of psychology at San Jose State University and the author of the The Exercise Prescription for Depression and Anxiety. He has been a contributor to Runner’s World and an expert commentator, who has appeared on the CBS Winter Olympics (1994), Dateline NBC, the Lifetime Channel, the Learning Channel, A & E, and the BBC.