Jog On: How Running Saved My Life

Jog On: How Running Saved My Life

Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her twenties in tears. She could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will – she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run.

That first attempt didn’t last very long. But to her surprise, she was back out there the next day. And the day after that. She began to set herself achievable goals – to run 5k in under 30 minutes, to walk to work every day for a week, to attempt 10 push-ups in a row. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years.

In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This funny, moving and motivational book will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track – no matter how small those first steps may be.

Title:Jog On: How Running Saved My Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780008241759
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    Jog On: How Running Saved My Life Reviews

  • Lucy Banks

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A great book for those with anxiety... who think they might be tempted to run!As someone who has grappled with anxiety f...

  • Vanessa

    This was okay. I really appreciated hearing Bella Mackie's story of how she found a mechanism for helping her deal with her crippling anxiety, and found the stories that she included of others genuine...

  • Sam

    This book is all about how running can be an excellent medicine. Most people think of running as something which is good for the physical body in terms of weight management, toning and generally looki...

  • Natasha Chowdory

    Truth - I actually nearly stopped reading this with a 2 chapters left because for some reason it didn't really resonate with me. I think how Mackie charts how running helped her come to terms with her...

  • Jakki Frances

    I've given up on this book. While the blurb sucked me in; the content could do so much better. For me there was too many cold facts and not enough personal connection between the reader and author. I ...

  • Katie Dixon

    Refreshing, inspirational and I am now ready to go for a run...

  • Katey Lovell

    This book is a combination of memoir and running/mental health guide. I found the sections where Bella shared her own experience of running - from initially pacing up and down an alleyway to increasin...

  • Hannah

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed this, definitely a must read for those who want a basic introduction to the ins and outs of mental health! I love how evident the authors love of running is throughout and h...

  • Lorna

    In honour of mental health awareness week I thought I'd finally get around to reading this. If, like me, you're a runner (ew, but Bella made me feel okay about saying this), or struggle with your ment...

  • John Lawchamp (YouTube)

    I skipped around in this book. It's not all bad, though. We follow Bella Mackie, who struggles with some mild mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression. The symptoms come full blast when she finds...