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Fitness celebrity and former gymnast Denise Austin always took care of her body. "In my 20s, however, I was more concerned with looking good in a bikini," she admits. "These days I'm focused on feeling good and staying healthy--and if I can still get away with wearing a bikini, that's a bonus!" Writing at age 43, she reminds us that 40 certainly isn't the end of the road--in fact, we probably have another 40 years or more to look forward to.

In Fit and Fabulous After 40, Austin shows us how to "turn back the clock" with exercise (aerobic, stretching, balance, and strength training), diet, health, beauty, and a positive outlook. She challenges us to set a weekly goal in each area for four weeks and provides sample programs in all areas. Photographs illustrate a good selection of strength-training, yoga, and Pilates-inspired exercises, and she provides a workout log to keep you on track.

Her dietary suggestions emphasize a balance of 50 to 55 percent complex carbohydrates, 20 to 25 percent protein, and 25 percent fat, keeping portions moderate and including lots of fruits and vegetables. She describes 10 "nutritional powerhouses" that have been shown to have anti-aging benefits, such as soy, blueberries, oatmeal, and flaxseed, with tips for including more of these in your diet. She also describes 10 "age accelerators" that you'd be wise to avoid, such as breakfast "desserts," fatty meats, creamy salad dressings, and stick margarine. She includes dozens of helpful (and sometimes entertaining) tips, such as "Don't go [to a fast-food restaurant] when you're hungry--you'll order fries." A meal plan with sample recipes makes her suggestions easy to follow.

Her health tips include 6 "body-sense strategies," 10 "must-have medical tests," breathing exercises, and instructions for how to do Kegels (exercises for the pelvic-floor muscles that help prevent incontinence and improve sexual response). She also offers skin, hair, and nail tips. If you think of Denise Austin as just a perky exercise leader, you'll be thoroughly impressed by the amount of helpful, sensible information in Fit and Fabulous. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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America?s favorite fitness expert presents a breakthrough program to win the war against aging?a battle she has personally fought and won.

We all know that aging is inevitable?but how gracefully you age is up to you. Scientific research shows that we can turn back the clock through a targeted regimen of age-busting exercise and nutrition. Now, in Fit and Fabulous After 40, award-winning fitness expert Denise Austin presents her own revolutionary, sure-fire plan to help you stay healthy, strong, slim, and fabulous?no matter what your age! By exercising for just thirty minutes a day, using cutting-edge techniques such as yoga and Pilates-based exercises, and eating for maximum health and vitality, you can build strength, shed extra pounds, improve flexibility and balance, and look years younger. Fit and Fabulous After 40 includes:

Easy-to-follow workout plans for every day of the week
Fat-blasting, toning exercises to target specific areas of the body
Weekly nutrient-packed meal plans with delicious slimming recipes
Denise?s personal vitamin and supplement regimen
Invaluable advice on common health concerns for women, such as menopause, breast cancer, and heart disease
Special beauty tips?including anti-wrinkle exercises!

Designed to fit even the most hectic schedules, and easily tailored to individual health concerns, Fit and Fabulous After 40 offers a modern, realistic fountain of youth for every woman.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767904729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767904728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of San Pedro, California, Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with an exercise physiology degree. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981. (Denise considers Jack LaLanne one of her role models, and she is delighted to still speak regularly with the 94-year-old fitness legend.)

During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 82 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame.

Denise has been married for 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They share a home with their two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I always liked Denise Austin's low impact aerobics tapes because they were sane and do-able. Now, Austin provides the same type of good advice in a book that is head and shoulders above other "after 40" books I have read.
The theme of Fit and Fabulous After 40 is how to get into the groove of habits that set you up for great health. One important one Austin puts in the book is to start up a four-week plan for exercise. This is important to avoid a lifetime of fitness attempts that are just a series of great beginnings and no follow-through. The inclusion of Kegel exercises is clever. While you are building good exercise habits, you can incorporate simple but valuable pelvic exercises that pay off big time later on.
Austin doesn't neglect eating habits and gives tips on avoiding trouble spots when you go to fast-food restaurants. Again, this helps you to build good habits. And there are tips for getting into the habit of taking the right medical tests for preventative health care.
In my opinion, this is one of the best "After 40" health books ever written because it has not only the right information, but it presents it so you can develop good habits and keep them. Hurray, Denise! Good job!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By L. Baldwin on June 26, 2001
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I bought this book and the video Staying Fit at any age. Both have been great assests for me. So motivating in fact, that I get up at 7am now to do her Fit and Lite and Denise Austin works out on Lifetime. Then I flip open the book and plan goals for the day. She is very motivating. I think it's because she's 'natural' ah..no...'falseness'....if you get what I mean. She's just regular and she treats us that way too. A good buy for the money, I certainly recommend it. The receipes are great
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on September 18, 2001
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This is the best book that Denise has written. I am over 40 years old. My body is going through dramatic changes. This book does teach you how to take care yourself when you are over 40. It answered my questions that my doctor can't answer. Denise, thank you for caring about your fans! I am recommending this book to all of my friends.
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Any woman over 40 will find much useful information in this book. Ms. Austin looks at how attention to exercise, nutrition, health, beauty, and attitude can make women feel and look better while actually being healthier and more energetic. Her writing style is positive and friendly, and she addresses many important issues about women's health that I have not seen as well addressed in other books. The exercises are well illustrated, and even I could use most of the recipes. The book has two weaknesses that you should watch out for. Some of the exercises (especially the yoga) could cause you to hurt your back. The proposed diet, while a healthy one, is not as well suited for all blood types as Live Right 4 Your Type would recommend. The diet here seems to be pretty close to the ideal one for those with Type B blood.
Unlike some authors who write about health and aging, Ms. Austin consulted experts to give you the latest information. She also adds her own experiences as a working mother of two. The practical advice for how to get more done in less time will be very welcome for busy women.
By having a balance of exercise, a better diet, living a healthier lifestyle, using beauty restoratives, and maintaining a positive attitude, you should live longer, look better, and enjoy a healthier life. If you ignore the exercises that could strain your back and follow Live Right 4 Your Type for a diet that matches your blood type, this is clearly a five star book. If you have cardiovascular disease, your diet will have to go the low-fat route more than either book recommends (see Dean Ornish's Reversing Heart Disease).
Having seen how much more specific the book could be by focusing on women over 40, I came away impressed that more health books should take such a more segmented approach.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2002
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I think this book is fantastic. It has very realistic goals and outlooks. It would be beneficial to use in the way it is laid out. Denise encourages you to be your best and to take it one step at a time. She designed the book so you can set weekly goals for yourself in the five areas of attitude, beauty, health, nutrition, and exercise. I rarely buy books opting the check them out of the library, copy what i want/need and go on, but I purchased this book due to the simplicity and useability.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
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I see now the book's on sale. Lots of ideas and tips in here. Nothing earth shaking, but good ideas on how to implement all the things we know we need to do. I like that it's comprehensive--a little bit about a lot of things--skin care, diet, exercise, emotional tips, health, etc. Ms. Austin is inspirational because she is loaded with "can-do" attitude. So overall, a good value.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lovin' Life on May 19, 2006
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this book is for you. I will admit, I am not a big fan of Denise Austin in general, but this book has given me comfort in knowing that I'm not screwing up, my body is just changing. And this books is helping me change right along with it, making the adjustments I need to, to be fit and fabulous. Just two years ago people were commenting on my slimness, that was my 40th birthday, now at 42, nothing is where I left it! But I'm confident this book will help me get the pieces back where they belong and that I'm going to feel wonderful again, both emotionally and physically. And she's real, there's no gimmicks just good education about getting older, common sense and things that anyone can do. THANK YOU DENISE!!!
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