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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594868298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594868290
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RANDY RAUGH, MPT, fitness director of the Life Enhancement Center at Canyon Ranch, has spent 25 years teaching, learning, and performing exercise, body movement, rehabilitation strategies, stress management, and physical therapy. He also serves as an on-call therapist for rural hospitals and clinics in the Tucson area.

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The friendly no-ego writing style, diagrams and photos are very helpful also.
M. Benson
If you have a specific issue (lower back, hips, shoulders, etc), this book could really help you understand some of the mechanics behind what you are going through.
michelle
This book will inspire you and help you keep up the activity and the joy for a long, healthy life.
Meg Mathews

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Benson on June 12, 2009
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This book includes the latest (I try to keep up on my own) research and evidence about the most effective exercise and physical rehabilitation procedures. Even though it is tagged for the aging, it is appropriate for younger adults to read in order to prevent problems that they may be starting to accumulate now,such as what is really going on when one is slumping at the computer, sleeping on the stomach side, walking on stairs, etc.
I learned a lot about how bones and joints move, age, strengthen, and respond to various stresses from different intensities and durations. The author emphasizes correct biomechanical movement as prevention and cure for many, but not all, injuries and skeletal ailments.
I figured out the cause and cure of two ailments of mine from this $17.00 book. Although it can be dangerous to self-diagnose, the author's cautious movement retraining advice is helping me.
The friendly no-ego writing style, diagrams and photos are very helpful also.
The only thing I'm surprised at was that the author didn't include forward planks and push-ups as part of an exercise program.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland VINE VOICE on August 7, 2009
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Physical Therapist Randy Raugh, the fitness director of the Life Enhancement Center is an expert in teaching people of all ages how to use movement and activity to make their bodies healthier and more resistant to injury. In this book, he takes his years of experience, and distills it into a study guide on how to properly use your body. Each of the chapters covers a different subject, with most of them focusing on a part of the body - the foot and ankle, the knee, the hips, the back, etc.

I must say, this is an interesting and very well put together book. The author does a great job of teaching the reader many (many, many!) exercises for strengthening and making the body more flexible. Now, if you are looking for a general daily exercise routine, you might find this book a little overwhelming. But, if you know you have specific problems, then this is a great resource where you can find out what you need to do to help that part of your body.

I think that this is a great resource, and I highly recommend it!

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Meg Mathews on June 16, 2009
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This book is a must-have for ANYONE over the age of 40 (or 50, or 60, or onward.)

Loving both the body and the soul, Randy Raugh has the charmed voice of an innocent and the scientific knowledge to back up his methods, warnings, and self-help techniques.

We all want to continue doing the activities we love. This book will inspire you and help you keep up the activity and the joy for a long, healthy life. It is absolutely wonderful for anyone of any physcial level.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Kiez on July 29, 2009
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It is sometimes difficult, given Mr. Raugh's exquisitely sculpted prose and his recursive -- yet rewarding -- explorations of his many-branched subject, not to lose sight of Mr. Raugh's hard-earned insights into the biomechanics of exercise and his years of hands-on experience as an exercise physiologist at the world renowned Canyon Ranch Spa.

Mr. Raugh has achieved, with this study, a timeless contemplation on the workings of the macro human organism, and the lessons he painstakingly draws for us are as relevant for our children as they are for our grandparents. This text is a gift to every generation, with years of observation culled together and deftly and aphoristically presented to us --- mute treasures of wisdom which belie the almost Sisyphean effort which underlies them.

Bravo, Mr. Raugh! Kudos to you!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2009
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When my trainer at the gym said, "Forget sit-ups and crunches," I said, "What? I've been doing them for years."

Then I discovered the pro athletes are getting into planks. And experts recognize that a lot of exercises I've sworn by are actually causing more problems than they are solving.

This approach forms the core of Raugh's book. I wish I'd had this info a couple of years ago. He's got diagnostic tests (with appropriate warnings) and detailed examples and photos of every move. The diagrams of muscles are great. I finally understand what my massage therapist has been trying to tell me.

Although the book seems targeted to the over-40 age group (or older), I'm hearing that this type of exercise is appropriate even for younger athletic types. The killer workouts are fun but they don't seem to be any more effective and they're much harder on the body.

My only quibble is that Raugh, like many PTs and trainers, come up with exercises that require space and equipment. I'm still looking for a place to "lean against the wall" or even stretch out. It's not always easy to find a convenient step or table. Some exercises have to be done correctly and I would want a trainer to make sure I wasn't doing them wrong.

But if you are serious about fitness, this book should be on your list. I'm going to show mine to my massage therapist and trainer. But I'm not giving it away. This one's for me!
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