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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (December 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375500367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375500367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,734,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If you've been telling yourself that this is the year you'll get in shape, Joanie Greggains's friendly, down-to-earth, practical advice can help. "People stick to a healthy lifestyle because they've found ways to do it and enjoy it," writes Greggains, who has been teaching people about fitness since 1972. You know her as the fitness leader on TV's Morning Stretch and from 13 exercise videos (more than 10 million copies sold). The key, says Greggains, is to discover (or rediscover) the fun of movement, learn to eat healthy foods without feeling deprived, and respect your body. She describes how to "love your body to health," guidelines for eating right, ways to understand your body's signals, diets to avoid, health foods that aren't, exercise options, additives to avoid, and plenty of motivational tips, self-tests, and helpful charts. Fit Happens is friendly and helpful, with on-target tips such as these:
  • Don't start a new diet until you can clearly and explicitly explain what you will do to make it work most effectively.
  • Remind yourself that your current physical state didn't develop overnight, and real change takes time.
  • Diet fads and body fashion may bend with trends, but human biology never changes.
--Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

There's hardly a topic that exercise expert Greggains, the host of the television shows Morning Stretch and Health and Fitness with Joanie Greggains and author of Total Shape Up, fails to coverAfrom the facts about battling fatigue to the fictions about fighting fat. The book features a series of user-friendly guides: she lays out healthy dietary programs, explains how much water people should drink, how to get a good night's rest and how many and which vitamins people should take, if any. For readers needing an extra push, Greggains advises when to consult and how to choose a personal trainer. Those who keep up with health and fitness trends will already be familiar with much of the information in this book, which contains all the wisdom already available in most women's magazines. But overall, Greggains gets the balance right by offering plenty of motivational and practical advice on getting in shape, which makes the book especially useful for absolute beginners. Author tour. (Jan.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda K. McGinniss on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As an "old" fan of the Joanie Greggans video exercise tapes of the 80's I wondered if this book would give some new insights into the old question, "How can I be better all the way around - physically, mentally and emotionally?" She does a great job of putting common sense information in front of us in such a way that everyone can deal with it in a realistic manner. It was a great pick-me-up to know I was actually doing some ok things but it gave some wonderful insight on ways I could improve in areas of eating, exercising, and destressing. Believe it or not, it even had some great exercises to strengthen muscles to improve your sex life - way to go Joannie!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fit Happens is wonderful: bright, positive, informative, and even funny in spots! One look at Greggains, and you know she knows what she's talking about. If you're tired of diets and fitness programs that make no scientific sense and never work in the long run, this book is for you. Greggains is a voice of reason and common sense. And an inspiration!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ken Rosenberg on January 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! It is full of factual information, grounded in real science and loaded with common sense. If you are fed up with the search for the "magic bullet" and ready to get serious about fitness this book is for you! This is NOT another best selling author promoting the latest fad. I was impressed with Ms. Greggains straightforward no nonsense approach to her topic and her honesty. While I was disappointed to learn that there really is no "magic" I was inspired by the authors belief in the power of good information to help people transform themselves. This book does the job quite nicely!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. McDilda on January 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading a copy of Fit Happens from our local library, I had to purchase a copy for my home library. I had been looking for a book that presented overall fitness and nutrional information--not diet hype--and found it. Fit Happens presents a great balance of detailed information with tables and bulleted lists that make looking up information convenient. Information summarized in tables ranges from causes and remedies for such symptoms as heartburn and insomnia to calories burned during specific exercises and every day routines like vacuuming. The only drawback to this book was the presentation of exercises. There weren't very many and no pictures to demonstrate. She should have considered other reference books or videos for exercises. As far as nutritional information and the real reasons why we should exercise, this book is tops!
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This book is a bit outdated but Joanie was the queen of aerobics in the 80s and I am really enjoying the book.
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