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This updated, larger edition of Health & Fitness in Plain English adds to the previous edition with new information and all-new sections on abs, nutrition, healthy eating, hormone replacement and bone-building medications, stretching, and good and bad exercises. Expanded chapters include back pain, ergogenic aids, muscle soreness, and improving your fitness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice; 3 edition (July 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585186724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585186723
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joni C. Lawrence on July 3, 2002
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I bought this book in conjunction with "The Ab Revolution" and since putting the advice contained in both into practice, I feel better and more importantly, I feel like I'm getting much more out of my workouts. The books advocate incorporating fitness strategies into your daily life, not just during an hour or two doing obligatory "exercise". I am a real gym rat and enjoy the time I spend there, but I never gave much thought to working on my fitness level throughout the day. For example, now I run up the four flights of stairs at work several times a day to work on my anaerobic capacity, thanks to the abs book and the info on abs in the Health and Fitness book I get a lot more out of my time spent on the stairmaster and elliptical machines because I maintain proper posture.
I always have a million questions related to proper stretching, proper weightlifting technique (eg lower weight more reps? or more weight fewer reps?), etc. and this book is proving to be an invaluable reference tool - so much so that now I schlep it around in my gym bag.
The author does a very good job of explaining complicated exercise physiology so that people like me understand and can apply the concepts. I feel like I'm really progressing now whereas before I always wondered whether I was working hard enough, etc. I've been on a weightloss/fitness building mission for almost a year now and now I'm as motivated as I was in the beginning because I feel like I know what I'm doing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LRP on May 28, 2008
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I have 3 of Dr. Bookspan's books, and have utilized her extensive website as well. I was amazed at how quickly her methods worked on fixing my pain, pain that I had for years. No doctors, chiropractors, trainers have been able to do what Dr. Bookspan accomplished in about 5 minutes. And that is no exaggeration -- literally 5 minutes of stretching and re-posturing and I felt 80% better. And I continue to feel better every day. I hope this works for you as well. It is miserable to live with pain. This is the first review I felt compelled to write, but I feel very strongly about spreading the word - genius!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan Richmond on October 5, 2006
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This book does a good job of summing up healthy habits for most aspects of health and exercise. It offers insight into causes of problems and measures for prevention, as well as treatment. One thing this book does not suggest, is to "buy this product for this, buy this product for that and yet another fabulously expensive miracle herb for all your health needs." No bull here, everything you need to make lifestyle changes with good reasons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Benson on May 9, 2008
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This book is written by a practicing exercise physiologist with years of experience in rehabilitation and a history of athletic accomplishments. She addresses nutrition (no need for supplements), exercise (no need for a gym), stretching (too much or improper technique can cause irreversible damage), and health and fitness myths.
Don't listen to trainers who have experience from only working in a gym and who only have 8 hours of "training certification" from a certificate mill. Get advice from a practicing PhD in exercise physiology.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keeley Hoover on July 21, 2008
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After years of pain, doctors, chiropractors, a hip replacement, and still the original problem, I finally understand why it happened and how to help myself by doing the right "exercises" the right "way". This book has not only helped me with my back pain, it has also given me so much information on how to be -- well, just what the title of the book says! Thank you Dr. Jolie Bookspan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmazonCustomer on January 3, 2007
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I like the book a lot. . . but Bookspahn's no nonsense writing style is spare to the point of malnutrition. But an exercise book is probably more valuable for the quality of the information it provides. Bookspahn doesn't make wild claims. She focuses on what is provable and sensible. The end effect is that the reader is given helpful information and some confidence that it is correct. There are many exercise books and a bewildering array of claims made in each. Bookspahn is not an advocate, but a patient explainer of the basic science of the body, the muscles, exercise and nutrition. I am not a fitness buff nor do I have training in sports medicine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucy the Bargain Hunter on October 3, 2004
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This book is for those who are more interested in exercising safely and effectively, than in hopping on the bandwagon of the latest fitness trends. Advice you can trust on all aspects of health and fitness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jalapeño popper on April 19, 2010
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I found this book very useful for trying to figure out what to do and what not to do if you have a bad back (i.e., herniated disk). I like that the author examines existing exercises and discusses what is good or bad about them with regard to your health. For example, she points out that sit ups aren't necessarily good for your back and that there are other more productive ways to develop a healthy back. A similar point is brought up with regard to exercises where you bend over. She points these things out over and over until you really have it burned in your mind that you don't really need to do these things that might hurt your back.

I also really liked the exercises that she recommends, however, they are located in different areas throughout the book. I had to go through the book a second time to make a list of these useful exercises because they aren't easy to find. A final section that lists each exercise and how to do them would have been appreciated for easy reference. The lack of this section is why I gave it only 4 stars.
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