Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being by Michael OttoExercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being by Michael Otto

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being

byMichael Otto, Jasper Smits

Paperback | July 15, 2011

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Exercise has long been touted anecdotally as an effective tool to raise spirits or reduce tension, but only recently has rigorous science caught up with these claims. Now there is overwhelming evidence that regular exercise can help relieve everything from common feelings of stress and anxietyto full-blown depression. With Exercise for Mood and Anxiety, well-known authorities Michael Otto and Jasper Smits bring their clinically tested exercise program to the general public. Written for those who need a more effective way to manage everyday low mood and stress - as well as those diagnosed with more serious mooddisorders - this book provides readers with step-by-step guidance on how to start and maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood. Equally important, the book sheds much light on the all-important issue of motivation. Most Americans quickly fall off the exercise wagon. This book helpsdemystify the traps of good intentions and the pitfalls that derail exercise attempts. How can you get yourself to exercise when you are tired, distracted, or stressed? What should you pay attention to during a walk or a run? How should you prepare yourself so that getting out for a run is notharder than the run itself? In answering these questions, the authors not only provide readers with effective strategies for adopting a successful program, but also introduce the principles that will help them keep with the program for the long haul. Providing rich examples and practical advice on overcoming the obstacles to a regular exercise program, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety will help readers feel happier and less stressed now--and, as they stay with this program, improve their fitness and health in the future.
Michael W. Otto, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He has done extensive research on strategies to improve treatments for anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. Jasper A. J. Smits, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Methodist University. He has done research on both anxiety disorders and he...
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Title:Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-BeingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199791007

ISBN - 13:9780199791002

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Table of Contents

1. Exercise Works for Your Mood2. Why Exercise Programs Fail3. The Truth About Motivation4. Directing Your Thoughts for Exercise Success5. Planning Your Exercise Routine6. The Exercise Prescription7. Enjoying Yourself During Exercise8. Rewarding Yourself After Exercise9. Diversifying Your Exercise Routine10. An Active Life - Extending Your Achievements11. Resources for Exercise