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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Psychology behind my book

It Has Nothing To Do With Age is a self-help book based on psychological ideas.To illustrate, aerobic exercise is considered good for our health.With Unipolar depression,comes significant hormonal and chemical changes in the brain.As a result,medication is generally employed to change brain chemistry.It has been demonstrated that aerobic exercise can also change chemical levels (cortisol,Brain-derived neurotropic factor-BDNF,Corticotropin Releasing Factor-CRF,serotonin,endorphins etc.) . Compare the side effects of medication vs. aerobics .I am not suggesting exercise as a "cure all " but as a consideration.
A cognitive therapy model (Albert Ellis)is demonstrated by challenging Self-defeating thoughts,using internal thinking to influence motivation and drive constantly during exertion periods.An existential philosophy is incorporated by searching for meaning and passion in one's mortality(Viktor Frankl,Rollo May). To quote Thomas Jefferson "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and Democritus(460BC "is an interplay between temperament and fate" suggests that genetics can not account for all the variance. Which means that we have control over the factors that lead to happiness based on our choices. Studies have shown that happiness is not necessarily related to wealth and things.
The social psychological theory of Alfred Adler is employed to incorporate and understand the makeup of the athlete that competes in ultra and unique sports. His model of creative self is a major contribution to personality and motivational theory. These my friends are some of the psychological roots found in my book. Read it and tell me what you think.


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