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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934716243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934716243
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Manage Your Depressin Through Exercise is an exceptional and very much recommended read for anyone who wants an exercise program and wants to stick to it." -Midwest Book Review, October 2011 (Midwest Book Review 2011-10-01)

"There are many things to like about this book. Baxter is relentlessly positive and ecouraging, and she offers her readers countless charts as well as other useful, hands-on materials." -Metapsychology Online, December 2011 (Metapsychology Online 2011-12-13)

"I found Dr. Baxter's book truly motivating. I feel that Manage Your Depression through Exercise is an excellent book to have on hand for anyone who has struggled with being overwhelmed emotionally." -PsychCentral, March 2012 (PsychCentral 2012-03-21)

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Research has proven that exercise helps to lessen or even reverse symptoms of depression. Manage Your Depression through Exercise meets depressed readers where they are at emotionally, physically, and spiritually and takes them from the difficult first step of getting started to results. Through inspiring facts that explain how movement helps mood, the Move More, Smile More Routine, the Challenge & Correct formula to end negative self-talk, and words of encouragement, author Jane Baxter, PhD, gets readers beyond feelings of inertia one step at a time. Includes reproducible charts, an activities list, and photos illustrating various exercises.

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Oh, as an extra incentive, exercise helps your sex life as well.
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In this book, Baxter teaches readers how to take the very first steps towards using exercise as a means to improve mood.
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Therefore I can't give an first hand account of how well the program works.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MomofTwo on August 30, 2011
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This book is a lifesaver not only for people who are clinically depressed, but also for those who are stuck in a rut, have fallen away from exercise, and want to get their life back together.

Depression can breed bad habits in terms of eating, substance abuse, and food disorders. Many people can't afford one-on-one treatment, and this book solves that problem. It's an easy-to-use, step-by-step program that will benefit a wide range of people. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By headshrinker on September 19, 2011
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Dr. Baxter's book is an excellent self-help guide for almost anyone who is serious about integrating exercise into their quest for mental health. I have practiced psychotherapy for 25 years and rarely find self-help books that warrant recommending to my clients and friends, but this is a rare exception. It is easy and quick to read and has immediate impact on lifestyle choices. Even if you've never experienced significant depression or mood swings, the suggestions in this book will help you enjoy improved and more consistent physical and emotional health, which of course leads to better relationships, professional performance, and overall quality of life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HappyAgain on January 19, 2012
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This is an excellent book on many levels. It is not only well written and thought out, it also reaches its intended audience effectively. It is more than just a manual on how to develop new, healthy habits, but also, how to go through the process in a manner that helps one persevere and ensures one's success.

The most important and most helpful aspect of this book is that, more than just provide a detailed guide to developing a healthy and personalized habit of exercise, and how to approach said activity, it goes deep into, explains and simplifies the most difficult part of dealing with a depressive episode, and that's what's going on in one's mind. Dr. Baxter teaches you how to develop new mental habits alongside the new physical ones, and how to manage them in a way that's positive, calm, steady, rewarding and never overwhelming (which would be counterproductive), and, most importantly, a way that helps you regain your self-confidence, become more productive, and thus, reaffirm your self-worth and self-respect.

Thank you, Dr. Baxter!
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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book to review for the web site Metapsychology Online Reviews; you can read a more complete version of my review on that site.

Manage Your Depression Through Exercise is a 5-week plan presented by therapist Jane Baxter, certified personal trainer and clinical social worker. In this book, Baxter teaches readers how to take the very first steps towards using exercise as a means to improve mood. Baxter literally starts the first chapter with Week One, Day One of the program. Even before beginning with the exercises, she addresses the negative thinking patterns associated with depression and how these can create common pitfalls which derail motivation.

Those concerned that the exercise routine will be too strenuous or too demanding need not worry: for Day One, the total exercise time is 5 minutes. Baxter gradually encourages readers to increase both the intensity and the duration of exercise. In Week Two, she details what she calls the Move More, Smile More Routine (MMSMR). The MMSMR consists of eight basic, strength-building exercises which can be performed with a single pair of dumbbells; Baxter recommends incorporating this routine once per week. By the second week, she allows the reader to create a customized workout plan which consists of doing the MMSMR as well as alternating between light- and moderate-intensity activities. Baxter does provide some suggestions for activities (e.g., walking, jogging, swimming, biking, and aerobics classes) and information on how to execute each, but I was surprised at how little overall structure was given.

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More About the Author

Little did I know that my dissatisfaction with my Masters in Social Work (MSW) program back in 1993 would drive me to research and develop a more well-rounded approach to the treatment of mood disorders and addictions. This book is the result of that journey. During all of my years in school, I was bewildered by the fact that exercise was never mentioned as a component of treatment.

Being athletic my entire life, I knew how important exercise was to me personally. The weekend after I graduated from my MSW program, I entered a training program to become a personal trainer -- not that I wanted to be a personal trainer as such, but I wanted to know how to work with people in terms of strengthening their bodies with the thought that I would eventually integrate talk therapy and physical strengthening techniques. The idea was promptly shelved as I went through a doctoral program and had three children. It came back to life on the playground at my children's school, and it came back with a fury.

Two friends of mine who were personal trainers asked me what to do when their clients start crying during the workouts. They said it happened all the time and they felt like they were becoming therapists. I told them about my idea and they strongly encouraged me to move forward with it. When I use the word "fury," I mean that I would wake up at 4 a.m. thinking about it. I had brainstorming sessions where I would cut yellow pieces of paper in half and scribble out ideas until my dining room table was covered with all the possibilities for how this hybrid therapy model could work.

I went to bookstores and libraries and scanned indexes of books on neuroscience to see if they had anything on exercise. I bought a treadmill, balance balls, workout matts, dumbbells and strength training equipment. I then got up the nerve to ask friends to come in with a "safe" problem they would feel comfortable talking to me about, to get a sense of how a session could flow. I named the program PsychFit, Inc. and put my website up in 2003 (www.PsychFitInc.com). I then started talking to physicians and my friends in the medical field, and I made up a brochure that I posted around my neighborhood.

Referrals began to come in. While the majority of my practice has been traditional therapy, at times I have 50% of my patients doing PsychFit. In 2005, a reporter from The Washington Post contacted me to do a story on the program, which I thought would be a small piece in their Health Section. Much to his and my surprise, the editor made it a front page story. It was later re-run by the Associated Press and appeared in newspapers all over the United States, Mexico and Asia.

Similarly, last summer, WebMD did a story on PsychFit, and I was contacted a few weeks later by a publisher who felt there was a need for a self-help book about combining exercise with cognitive-behavioral therapy. She asked me if I would be interested in writing it. For me, it was hard to say no.

After a great deal of planning, research and writing, the book is now in print. I am so excited about how it has turned out, and I am especially excited about the help it could provide for people of all walks of life who are going through some tough times right now, or who are simply in a rut and need some motivation to exercise. If you read my book and would like to write a review, I would sincerely appreciate the feedback. And, if you find it to be helpful, I hope you will recommend it to others. Thank you so much. ~Jane Baxter, PhD

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