The Science of Movement, Exercise, and Mental Health

Handspring. Aug. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781839977732. pap. $37.95. HEALTH
This book by personal trainer and movement instructor Pilotti (Body Mind Movement) examines the intersection of movement and mental health and offers evidence-based research from her years as a practitioner. The author helps readers understand the relationship between movement and exercise on one’s mental, physical, and emotional outlooks. Pilotti shares her own practical experience to help readers make the connection between how exercise impacts the nervous system and its ability to tap into sensation and perception. Anxiety, depression, and chronic pain are featured focuses of this book, which is divided into two sections: scientific-based reasoning and practical applications, including a hands-on approach to exercising with a view toward mental well-being. The author reviews the benefits of aerobic exercise, restorative movement, yoga, tai chi, dance, and personal and resistance training.
VERDICT Designed and ideal for professional practitioners of personal training, dance, yoga, and similar fields. Experienced users may benefit from this book’s content as well.
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