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About the Author

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? He is the chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and chairman of the Wellness Institute.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 Reprint edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060009381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060009380
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was nine years old, I was the sickest I could ever remember: horrible sore throat, feverish, sick to my stomach. I felt like my body had been buried in the back of a garbage truck and obliterated into a crumble of mush. Soon after I came down with the symptoms, the family doctor gave me a shot. Within hours, I felt better. I felt good. I felt like myself.

I know that I was only nine, but I can tell you very clearly that this was the moment I knew I wanted to be doctor. My little self said, "If I could help people feel better and make sick people healthy, wow, that's what I want to do!" And I've never strayed from that goal: helping people get healthy to live life to its fullest.

And that's what my newest book, This Is Your Do-Over is about: helping you lose weight, live your passion, thrive in your relationships, and jump into life with energy and vitality - not just for more years, but for younger and fuller ones.

I'll take you through a mixture of information, strategies, inspirational stories, and hard data to give you all the essentials for taking control of your body and your health - no matter your genes, past health mistakes, or the number of times you've tried to tackle your health and failed.

It's time to forgive yourself. Living a vital life starts now: This Is Your Do-Over.


MICHAEL F. ROIZEN, M.D., is the four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and internal medicine, and is Chief Wellness Officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Chief Medical Consultant to The Dr. Oz Show. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Customer Reviews

The book is interesting, good advice and easy to follow the instructions.
Francisco Valdez
The RealAge Workout is a new release and we rate it somewhat higher than another book we like, Harley Pasternak's Five Factor Fitness.
Cal Dougherty
Even if you don't exercise, or like to exercise, read this book, begin the program, and see if you don't see results over time.
Colleen Bachna

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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Cal Dougherty on June 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First some context: My wife and I have been reading, applying, and reviewing physical fitness books for about nine months now ("see All My Reviews"). We didn't plan to carry on so long but with appreciative feedback from friends and acquaintances we haven't been able to stop! As always, keep this in mind ... we aren't gunning for the Olympics or super-model status. We're just average, middle age people interested in life-long fitness for health and weight control reasons. Your goals may differ from ours.

The RealAge Workout is a new release and we rate it somewhat higher than another book we like, Harley Pasternak's Five Factor Fitness. In fact it's the first book to come along that we can rank as high as our long running favorite, Joe X by Avery Hunicutt. There's a lot of philosophical similarity to RealAge and Joe X, but the presentations are vastly different. RealAge is excellent for fitness beginners and those that are very "numbers-driven," while Joe X will be appreciated more by those with some fitness experience and may now struggle with boredom or burnout.

If by chance you are familiar with the popular health guru and author Andrew Weil, both RealAge and Joe X provide workouts that are consistent with Weil's Healthy Aging message.

If you click on "search inside" you'll see the RealAge workout is made up of four phases, each 30 days long.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Bachna on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Beg, buy, or borrow this book & get started on the 4 phases over 120 days to take control of your destiny of aging: walking, strengthening foundation & non foundation muscles,then stamina. Dr. Roizen's books have been best sellers & this latest release should join the list. He explains it in a way that makes it very simple for everyone to incorporate the steps into their daily lives. It is based on walking, as he says, not everyone rows, swims, or bikes their way to work or up steps, etc., but everyone walks. Lots of charts, pictures, questions & answers pertaining to aging, etc. Even if you don't exercise, or like to exercise, read this book, begin the program, and see if you don't see results over time. Time can be rolled back, & you will have more energy. And who doesn't wish that?
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on April 27, 2006
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I really like this book. Michael Roizen knows his stuff. The book is so informative and you know it's information that you can trust because of his reputation.

This is broken up into 6 chapters. The first chapter is The Real Age Promise and then chapters 2-5 are phases 1-4 (talks about strengthening and stamina etc) and chapter 6 is dedicated to Fitness FAQ's - Myth or Fact.

Throughout the book is the usually info about why we should all exercise, and then when it comes to the actuall exercises, there are plenty of pictures to demonstrate each routine and tips on how to perform them acurately.

This book is geared toward anyone interested in keeping themselves in tip top form and good health and anyone wanting to boost their fitness. You will be surprised at how soon your body responds to regular workouts and you also do surprisingly feel a little younger.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on May 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am on the tail-end of treatment for breast cancer (surgery, chemo, and now radiation.) I have been sitting around doing almost nothing, and feeling out of breath just going up the stairs. I already had Dr. Roizen's first RealAge book and loved it, so I decided to try this workout book to see if it could help me get moving again. I immediately read the 59 pages for Phase 1, walking, and went for my first walk in months. I have been doing it now for 2 weeks, and feel so much better already; can hardly wait to do Phase 2! Many thanks to both Dr. Roizen and Tracy Hafen for getting me moving again. I not only feel better physically, but mentally also.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Turzillo on July 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a longtime exerciser and believer in careful diet, I've been following the Roizen books for some time. This one has a little good advice, but is quite thin on how to get into physical fitness for the sedentary. He has only one mention each on bursitis and tendonitis -- just the advice that you should go slow to avoid them -- nothing on pulled muscles or injured tendons. Nor does he show alternate forms of various exercises for those who have an injury. He never mentions Pilates or Tai Chi. Yoga is mentioned once, a throwaway line about it as a form of stretching.

In a lifetime of exercising, I have learned that even when I maintain pretty good fitness -- 15,000 steps a day, stretching daily, weights twice a week -- I often encounter challenges such as hip and shoulder bursitis. An Achilles tendon injury took 18 months to heal, even following the advice and rehab program of an excellent orthopedist. And what are you supposed to do if you get a six-week long sinus infection? Some exercise books address these common issues, but you won't find much help here.

He does say if you have arthritis you have to keep moving. That advice is golden, but it doesn't help with the type of injury, as of a tendon, for which you should stop moving and try a different workout until you heal.

His almost total emphasis seems to be on building muscle, preferably by going to the gym. The book is padded with multiple versions of the same exercise. He doesn't say what we're supposed to do when we inevitably encounter speed-bumps such as Achilles tendonitis or rotator cuff injuries. Maybe it would be better titled You, Bulking Up.

As to endurance, walking is recommended, but he doesn't give much advice about what to do if you have an injury that prevents walking.
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