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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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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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Narrator has no emotion or feelings - sounds robotic

By far the worst narrator I’ve had the displeasure of listening to. The narrator is NOT the author and so it likely explains why the narrator sounds like he is reading like a robot or like an advertisement. There is no emotion where emotion is needed and there is no feeling being conveyed when the book requires that connection with the readers. What a disappointing audible. The only good thing is I only paid $4.50 as an add on via kindle. Do not buy this as a separate audible payment - definitely not worth your money or your ears.

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I so want to go for a run now!

Well written and narrated book. Very easy to listen to with some fantastic advice and stories from runners dealing with mental health.

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Excellent book

Very informative with an excellent balance of scientific theory and author sentiment. Narration very good.

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  • Gabriele George
  • 09-08-2018

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
  • 26-06-2018

very insightful

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

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  • missdawes
  • 05-06-2019

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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  • Doxie mom
  • 24-02-2020

Good for the wondering mind

The run on sentence I feel this is fit perfectly into my wondering mind. It was refreshing to know that others out there are getting what I am from my running. Having gone through a lot in the last 7 years and struggling with depression most my life, it was nice to hear all of what was said in this book. I’m not alone in running bettering my life or even saving it. Good listen for those needing a little pat on the back you’re doing the right thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-2020

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
  • 27-11-2019

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
  • 07-09-2019

"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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  • Vkopa
  • 18-04-2019

mental wellness

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

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  • Michael
  • 29-11-2018

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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