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Conquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise Paperback – April 1, 2004
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What I appreciated most about the book-and there's plenty here for expert runners as well as beginners-was the author's unique perspective. Using both clinical data and anthropological evidence, Johnsgard shows us how far we've come from Shangri-La, and how running can help us return. The author is a fellow homo-naturalis, so if you're homo-progressus, you're not going to find your techno-manna here. Johnsgard debunks the protein diet fads and gives evidence that elements of the hunter-gatherer existence are necessary for physical and mental well-being.
Johnsgard is foremost a good storyteller, and beginning with book's prologue, he incorporates elements of case study to illuminate his topics. The result is a thoroughly interesting read about the science and history of running. And while the author is always knowledgeable about his subjects-from existential drift to cardiorespiratory fitness-he's humble too; one gets the sense that he's learned all this news the hard way, and at some personal expense. Johnsgard comes across as the kind of runner you'd like to meet on the trail.
Chances are you'll see yourself often in these pages, and that you'll come away with at least a few ideas for self-improvement through exercise.
I've read quite a few books on depression and anxiety. Although many of them helped me to learn and understand, this book was the most practical/pragmatic. Move your body, breathe hard, you'll feel better. (As the author states, one may also need therapy and medication.)
I feel like giving this book to people living with depression and/or anxiety. It could make a huge difference.
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I had a very troubling experience with Keith Johnsgard when I was an undergrad at San José State in the early 1970s. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ASA DEMATTEO
Aside from a generous peppering of inflammatory statements and over generalizations, the author makes some valid and pertinent claims (he does get the point across). Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by oregonzen