Research shows that physical exercise can be a powerful and creative tool for changing the way we feel. Sports psychologist Kate Hays gives readers the tools they need to put together their own therapeutic exercise routine. Hays offers strategies to help readers discover what kind of exercise schedule will work best for them, provides tips for setting goals to help establish a routine they will enjoy, and inspires them to feel an invigorating enthusiasm about using exercise as a form of emotional healing. Readers learn how to use cognitive exercises and behavior modification to transform resistance and apathy and discover how exercise can allow them to think through situations in ways that offer a very different perspective from more introspective and intellectual styles of processing emotions.
About the Author:
Kate F. Hays, PhD, (1943-2021) maintained an independent practice, The Performing Edge, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a specialized focus on performance enhancement for athletes, performing artists, and businesspeople. She earned her master's and doctorate from Boston University in 1971. In New Hampshire following her graduate training, she directed a community mental health center and subsequently developed an individual and group private practice.
Her research, writing, teaching, and practice, both in New Hampshire and, since 1997, in Toronto, had been directed toward the mental benefits of physical activity and the application of sport psychology techniques to other performance populations as well as athletes.
Dr. Hays was the author of Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy; Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood; and (with co-author Charles H. Brown) You're On! Consulting for Peak Performance; and edited Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement and Mind: Therapeutic Unity.
A former president of American Psychological Association's Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology, she was the recipient of its Bruce Ogilvie Award for Professional Practice.