Dr. Jane Baxter Explains Managing Depression Through Exercise

Talk about great timing!

Remember Monday's interview with personal trainer and self-proclaimed "fitness junkie" Jackie Burgmann? (If you don't, you missed some GREAT information - go check it out!)

Well, Psych Central's Caroline Comeaux Lee recently posted a review of Jane Baxter's Manage Your Depression Through Exercise: The Motivation You Need To Start And Maintain An Exercise Program.

If you're wondering how this book is any different from any other book (or class or video or - well, you get the idea) about working out, Lee tells us:
Many exercise books and programs can make beginners feel like they are being thrown into the deep end of a pool to learn to swim. Dr. Baxter takes a slower approach; she holds your hand and guides you into the pool using the steps in the shallow end.


Skip The Gym: Interview With Personal Trainer Jackie Burgmann

Before she became a personal trainer and self-proclaimed "fitness junkie," Girlwithnoname (who actually does have a name: Jackie Burgmann) wasn't happy. More than unhappy, she was depressed. Each area of her life - professional, personal, and even romantic - had taken a hit, and to top it all off, she gained weight after A) deciding she couldn't deal with the anxiety she felt at the gym, and B) giving in to comfort eating.

Finally, Jackie decided to regain control of her life - and getting back in shape was a HUGE part of that. She knew heading back to the gym was out of the question, so she started researching at-home workout programs. After hanging on to what worked and tossing what didn't, she developed a routine that not only worked for her, but also helped her kick the fear, anxiety, and depression she'd developed.

Now, Jackie's a successful fitness coach with her own at-home workout program, the aptly-titled Hot at Home. The smokin' 47-year-old has been an inspiration to me since we first met several years ago, and I hope that inspiration spreads now that she's sharing her story with you.


The Gluten-Free Diet: Saying Goodbye to Sweet, Delicious Bread and Dealing With It

[Alicia gave me a great introduction, but in case you're all "who the heck is THIS?", I'm Jessica, an Associate Editor here at PsychCentral and a health foodie in training. My posts on Your Body, Your Mind will mostly focus on food, supplements and the link between what we eat and how we feel - with a few attempts at humor thrown in for good measure. Feel free to ignore the humor.]
When people find out that I'm currently living gluten-free (GF), they always ask the same thing in the same tone: "...why?"

Most of the time I can see their faces morph into some kind of concentrated horror, as if they're trying to imagine a day without bread, oats, cookies, cakes, know, all the stuff that makes getting up in the morning worth it.

I used to be one of the horrified. I'm more than half Italian and grew up judging people and places by their choice of bread. I also have a massive sweet tooth. Years ago, the idea of saying goodbye to all the foods I love seemed like a miserable nightmare, second only to the one where I'm in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and everyone in my house keeps forgetting to lock the windows.

But somewhere along the line, I became convinced it was the best thing for my health.


9 Tips To Stay On The Workout Wagon

During last Friday's Weekly Weigh-In, my friend Tania Dakka, a fellow writer who specializes in fitness, commented on the anticipation and mental blocks that often come with exercise.

The comment hit home for me, as there ALWAYS comes a time when I dread working out. I'll procrastinate ("Wouldn't organizing my sock drawer be a better use of time?") or try to talk myself out of it ("Geez, cut yourself some slack - it's okay to take four days off!").

I realize I'm not alone in this, and I started thinking of ways to push through that procrastination - or deal with the dread - and stay on the workout wagon.


Weekly Weigh-In: What Exercise Or Diet Did YOU Try This Week?

Happy Friday, readers!

Welcome to the first edition of Weekly Weigh-In here at Your Body, Your Mind.

Contrary to those snazzy gnarly scales over there, the Weekly Weigh-In posts won't be about actual weight; rather, the posts are an opportunity to weigh in on what YOU did this week to better manage your mental wellness.

For example, did you try a new exercise? Do you have anger management problems and decide to try kickboxing to relieve some aggression? Maybe tried yoga or meditation to relieve stress?

As for me, I started Jillian Michaels's "Yoga Meltdown" (not an affiliate link; just showing you what I'm taking about!) routine last Sunday, and have done it every day this week so far, except Wednesday.

Hey, everyone needs a day to just kind of sloth around!


Your Body, Your Mind: What’s It All About?

Hey readers, and welcome to's newest blog, Your Body, Your Mind!

My name is Alicia Sparks, and some of you might already be familiar with me thanks to Dr. Grohol's introduction or through Celebrity Psychings, the blog I've been writing for Psych Central since 2008.

Rather than just dive right in, I thought it'd be nice to help you all understand how Your Body, Your Mind came to be, the kinds of topics I plan to cover, and ask you what you'd like to see on the blog.