- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055323546X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553235463
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I started when the book came out in 1968. I initially ran a mile, then worked up to four miles a day. What the book didn't tell you is that eventually it takes a toll on your knees. It may be better now, with well-engineered running shoes to absorb some of the impact, but after about twenty years my knees couldn't take the strain. Arthroscopic surgery, and then a switch to bicycling and a bike machine.
And... I still spend thirty minutes a day simulating 18 mph on the exercise bike, and do a lot of real bicycling and swimming in the summer. Cooper's work was with young people. My observation is that the age-based formulas for target heart rate are too conservative. Though the charts indicate a maximum just over 160 and a workout target under 130 for a guy of 65, I kept the exercise heart rate of 140-145 for decades; I never felt like I was straining myself. I conclude that the body can maintain an accustomed rate of exertion to a greater age than experts would project.
A Soviet-style joke (this will cost me "helpful" votes, but I'll live dangerously). Last summer I cycled across Kiev to a Democrats Abroad picnic. Several of the old war horses, progressives who had progressed past Social Security age, remarked on the fact that I had come ten miles by cycle. I told them to think nothing of it. Another four years of socialist progress under Obama and we will all be riding bicycles.
Absolutely five stars. This was a seminal book.
Here they are: 1. The book is solidly based on well proven medical research. 2. The writing style is crisp, easy to understand - without a mass of undocumented claims/assumptions. 3. The book lays out simple tests and programs that allow you to find your present fitness level and then a straightforward step-by-step program for anyone to work their way to a fully fit cardiovascular state. I have used several of the later works on the market and they tend to create needlessly complex, hard to follow fitness concepts, exercises and drills. This original is short, accurate and not complicated to use.
The most useful conditioning and fitness book I have ever used. I lost my original in the course of career moves and I was excited to find I could buy it from Amazon. It is no longer in print, so to find a decently preserved original was a treat.
The weaknesses of the book - if they are that is: 1. The paperback version is a tad fragile and since you will tend to go back to it to look things up, or clarify a point, it gets worn quite easily. 2. If your sole reason for doing fitness activities is to work on building muscles and physical appearance, this is not the book for you. The books goal is true fitness and muscle workouts alone won't get you there.
If you truly want to improve your health and life read this book.
I have read this book twice now and find it well worth the time.
Through his research and case studies of (over 15,000) people of all ages and health conditions,Dr. Cooper discovered exactly how much physical activity (anyone) needs (daily), to improve their health to the optimum level.
This book is difficult to get, however if you are able to get this great book, it has the information that could really change your life for the better. Buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good book, I had read it before its the standard on exercise for healthPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent book that is not dated. It has the core of Cooper's ideas.Published 9 months ago by Home cook
I used this when I started running (in 1975) and recommend it or give it to anyone who expresses an interest in starting a running life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark E Faith
It was a 6 star book when I first read it in 1974 and it is still a 6 star book today!Published on August 11, 2014 by Johnson
I bought this to replace my well-worn paperback copy from 30+ years ago. This is still the simplest, most concise, and most effective book for determining and improving fitness... Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Steve Thomas
This book may have come out back in 1968, but the human body hasn't evolved all that much since then. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Andrey Abutin