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In this fairly quick read by bestselling author Scott Douglas, you’ll find all the facts you need to back up a running habit, especially if you have a history of depression and/or anxiety. His latest book is research-packed but also features personal stories that highlight the effectiveness of running as a treatment for mental health disorders.
If you’ve ever used running as a coping mechanism for depression or anxiety, the personal stories and case studies will resonate with you. And while many of the ideas Douglas presents in his new book seem almost intuitive to anyone who’s experienced the therapeutic effects of running firsthand, the research sheds new light on why those benefits accompany running specifically (and not, say, downhill skiing).
Douglas covers everything from the social aspects of running to its association with alcohol (one study found that male runners drank three to four times as many beers each week as male nonrunners), and even introduces the fields of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
Whether you run to manage your mental health or just because you enjoy it, the insights in Running Is My Therapy provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind running as a form of therapy. In other words, if you want to know why you feel better when you run, read this book!
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