Work It Out: A Mood-Boosting Exercise Guide for People Who Just Want to Lie Down (Paperback)
Frank, funny, and sympathetic, this fitness book offers realistic tips, encouragement, and dozens of activity ideas for times when exercise is the only thing that will help—and the last thing you want to do.
Exercise is the most reliable way to improve mental health. But if you're depressed, anxious, burned out, or struggling, it may feel impossible to get started, get serious, or even get up.
Written by an neurodivergent exercise professional, Work It Out busts myths about fitness while providing clear, actionable advice on how to:
- Incorporate exercise into your daily life
- Build an adjustable workout plan for both good and bad mental health days
- Shake off the messages that say you're never doing enough
- Set up a workout log that motivates you in exactly the way you need
- Celebrate all your achievements, including getting out of bed
- But also get a little exercise in bed, if that's where you are today
Work It Out meets you where you are—even if you're lying on the floor.
About the Author
Sarah Kurchak is the author of the memoir I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder and has written about autism and mental health for publications including Time, the Guardian, and the Toronto Star. She is also a former personal trainer, has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and was the lead trainer and a professional competitor in the Pillow Fight League.
“This guide offers a reassuring message that no one should feel guilty about or pressured to exercise...the book encourages readers to give themselves credit for accomplishments, instead of being hard on themselves.”—Library Journal
“Sarah Kurchack’s funny, helpful book offers approaches to exercise that are both grounded in science and refreshingly dismissive of well-trodden myths, rules, and routines.”—BookPage
“Supportive, compassionate, and encouraging of any level of movement.”—Smart Bitches Trashy Books
“Refreshing and empowering…her [Kurchak’s] emphasis on mental health and self-care makes this book a valuable addition to any wellness library.”—GeekDad