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There is no better example of the potential for self-repair and resilience than the power of exercise and no better guide to those in need than this volume by Drs. Otto and Smits. This book should be part of the therapeutic 'prescription' for all who suffer mood, anxiety, and related disorders.
— Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, Harvard Medical School
This is a very useful book for individuals who want to improve their mood through exercise. The authors provide an elegant blueprint to help readers motivate themselves, overcome the obstacles to carrying out the program, and above all, maintain the routine over time.
— Aaron T. Beck, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Exercise has long been touted anecdotally as an effective tool for mood improvement, but only recently has rigorous science caught up with these claims. There is now overwhelming evidence that regular exercise can help relieve low mood, from feelings of stress and anxiety to full-blown episodes of depression.
Authors Otto and Smits (see About the Authors below have written Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being for those with diagnosed mood disorders as well as those who simply need a new strategy for managing the low mood and high stress that is an everyday part of life. This book provides readers with step-by-step guidance on not only how to start but also how to maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood, with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between mood and motivation.
Exercise for Mood and Anxiety provides step-by-step guidance on how to start and maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood, with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between mood and motivation. Imagine having the steps put in front of you to learn '...how to maintain an exercise program not by applying more effort, but by actually arranging your surrounding environment so that less effort is needed'.
Patient vignettes, concrete examples and extensive guidance on how to overcome the obstacles that derail our best exercise intentions make Exercise for Mood and Anxiety - Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being.
Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He has done extensive research on strategies to improve treatments for anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders.