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Running is My Therapy

By: Scott Douglas,Alison Mariella Désir
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
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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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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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very insightful

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

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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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Needs a different narrator

Another book that I like but dread listening to it.
Reset this book with a new narrator, please.

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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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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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Great book to help those with mental health concerns

As a runner, mental health professional and someone that experiences anxiety this is a wonderful book. Very informative and inspirational for those looking to use running as a support for managing depression, anxiety and a variety of mental health issues.

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Great listen for all runners or people with depression and anxiety!!

This was a great listen, personally I do not find I suffer terrible with depression but I have always been a runner. This story helped me understand a lot of things about running in general and I have already recommend it to two of my running buddies.

The narrator had a very calm, intellectual voice that really matched the story.

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The title says it all

This book was exactly what I was looking for. It explained why running makes me feel so much better, how others use running as a coping strategy, and when to get worried if you think you're using running as a crutch.

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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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  • Deb Hele
  • 03-15-21

Great read

Helped give perspective on my running
I’m a new runner in my late 40s and had started to put too much pressure on myself if I couldn’t run, listening to this book has helped... would highly recommend it! 😊

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  • 01-12-19

Excellent book

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

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  • 01-11-22

Motivating, if a bit dull

listened at 1.15 speed, kept me motivated to run while I was listening to it. probably won't listen to it again, not interesting enough.

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  • P
  • 10-02-19

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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  • Patrick Ormerod
  • 04-16-19

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.