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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551925
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

With the clever wit and good sense of Fitness for Dummies, exercise physiologist Liz Neporent covers everything you need to know to make walking a habit. You learn walking techniques, how to set up a program, a variety of walking routines, and tips for getting and staying motivated. Neporent breaks walking for fitness into four levels, with plenty of advice on who should do that level, proper form and technique, and routines:
  • 1. Lifestyle walking (2.5 to 3.5 miles per hour)
  • 2. Fitness walking (brisk: 3.5 to 4.3 miles per hour)
  • 3. High-energy walking (intense: 4.4 to 6 miles per hour)
  • 4. Walk-run (alternating running and walking intervals).
For those of us working on getting to level one, Neporent is gentle, explaining how to test endurance; set goals; choose the right clothing, shoes, socks, and sports bra; eat right; set up a routine; walk in different weather conditions; and stay safe. She also includes strength training exercises and stretches for walkers, tips for walking with a dog, common injuries, a treadmill guide, snazzy gadgets, and much more. This is a super book for the fitness walker, beginning or experienced, from an author who clearly is a walker herself. Highly recommended. --Joan Price

From the Back Cover

Praise for Fitness For Dummies® by Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent "Full of smart, jargon-free, common sense advice." — Shape. "A funny, irreverent, and very smart guide." — Cooking Light "Comprehensive, authoritative — and entertaining." — Men's Fitness

Features a walking journal to help track your progress

Set a steady pace toward health and fitness with this fun and easy guide Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to exercise, whether you're a senior, mom-to-be, or you're looking for a low-impact, low-cost alternative to jogging or the gym. This friendly guide explains stride by stride how to maximize the cardiovascular benefits of walking — and set up a personalized fitness walking program.

Discover how to: Develop a customized fitness walking routine Set up goals and track your progress Select the right shoes and accessories Stretch, warm up, and cool down Integrate advanced activities — hikes, walk-runs, and races Avoid common injuries

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More About the Author

Follow me on Twitter: @lizzyfit

I am a truth-seeking journalist and career wellness professional who writes about health related topics. The majority of my books have been about fitness (makes sense I've been an avid runner since I was 13 years old!) In recent years I've been following another passion of mine, writing medical and science topics, like my latest book for Perseus and Harvard Medical School, The Winner's Brain (with the excellent authorsJeff Brown and Mark Fenske.) Want to read some more of my work? Check out my blog Fit or Fiction: www.thatsfit.com/bloggers/liz-neporent/ or more about my company, Wellness 360: www.w360.com. And please feel free to follow me on twitter @lizzyfit or friend me on face book. I always like to hear from readers!

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Volmar on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book is very complete and very easy to understand with step by step instructions that don't clog you mind or are hard to remember. Walking is presented as a healthy habit that will ensure a new way of working out and staying in shape. The book sets you up with valuable information from choosing the right gear to avoiding injuries to getting fit. It's a great book for beginners because it motivates you to start and keep fit without making it a routine or monotonous experience, helping you move to higher levels or workouts, while keeping the habit of walking. It makes a great addition to have along with Nutrition for Dummies and Workouts for Dummies.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shams on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Truly, dummies, need not apply. This book is for anyone interested in fitness in general. This book is filled with so much information, it is mind boggling.
I had no idea that buying this book would be such a great move on my part, I have gained so much needed insight on various health topics. From understanding your risk for heart disease, to finding the right pair of shoes, this book has it all.
The author Liz Neoporent, is really a Fitness expert. There are 20 chapters, each jam packed with useful information. I have determined my body mass index, as well as measured the strength of my middle and lower body. I have finally been able to buy the right sports bra, that does not make me 'wiggle and jiggle'. I have understood the 4 levels of walking plus their benefits, and found out the importance of strength training, how beneficial it really is. Plus, I have finally been able to find a pair of shoes that do not give me painful blisters (what a miracle).
This book is great, what I mentioned above, is just skimming the surface of all the useful information provided. This is NOT just a book about walking. This is a great resource for any fitness enthusiast. I recommend it to anyone wanting to better their bodies and themselves.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tanisha L Jefferson on April 10, 2003
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I purchased this book back in 2000. I just picked it back up last week. After reading it, I began my Walking Program. The book is great, easy to read, and a good reference tool. Anyone who is interested in making walking a part of your fitness routine MUST get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward R. Cucurello on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
To venture a guess; if you re considering buying this book you are more than likely considering (or have recently begun) walking as a form of exercise.
If so, BUY IT, start reading, and by all means GET UP & WALK.
The book will help.
It is chock full of info such as fitness evaluation, shoes & gear, excrcise & strength training for walkers, stretches, technique, and on, and on,and on, and all of it good advice.
Quite frankly however it is a heck of a lot to absorb all at once, and offers so much info that the you may be overwhelmed by detail, options, training styles, etc
If it gets you up & walking though, then your dollars will have been well spent.
And once you have started walking then check out Prevention's Complete Book of Walking by Maggie Spliner.
The book's simplicity will refresh you as much as its Dynamic Walking Technique will enthuse & invigorate you.

Papacucu
October 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
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Lots and lots of usefull tips that help me start a walking routine, in my case I was looking to avoid injuries and buy the correct snickers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BLUEJAY on May 22, 2012
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i brought this book cause i was walking to lose weight and was hurting myself now this book helps with that problem now i can take it easy without hurting myself again and it gives heart rate stuff and the proper way of walking etc.... i was doing the turkey walk it looks real funny in the book but darn i never knew it was wrong the way i was walking til i got this book.
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