- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (June 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312355866
- ISBN-13: 978-0312355869
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Athlete's Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss Hardcover – June 12, 2007
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Starred Review. A Triple Iron Man record-breaker and the son of a neuroscience researcher, Bergland argues that exercise is as much about the mind as it is about the body, making athletes not just healthier, but happier, smarter and more well-adjusted. An overview of Bergland's own story, "The Brain Science of Sport" and positive psychology provide a detailed but easy-to-follow foundation for his 8-week exercise program and the concepts that shape it, such as "flow" (that "in the zone" state) and "cross talk" (the dialogue between the cerebrum and the cerebellum). Bergland shares his workout secrets, illustrates simple exercises and stretches targeting the major muscle groups, but emphasizes that the most significant challenge is in committing to the full 56-day regimen; consistency will cause the brain to become "restructured," literally, giving readers not just a life-long appetite for exercise but a "happier, more agile, sharper, and less stressed out" mind. Bergland's sincerity, enthusiasm and experience are beyond question, though readers might at times question his sanity (as when chronicling his record-breaking, near-fatal 24 hour treadmill run). Fortunately, Bergland has more realistic expectations for the reader, and provides common sense tips on everything from eating to sleeping to gearing up to developing a positive mindset. Friendly, heartfelt writing, uncompromising attention to detail and flagless enthusiasm make this book both a comprehensive plan and an encouraging partner for long-term, life-changing fitness goals.
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My favorite parts of the book:
* Reshaping your brain so exercise isn't a chore, but a daily reward/ incentive on its own. Once you experience this bliss, you want to keep flooding your brain with its "happiness" chemicals.
* Tonic level of fitness = perfect balance. Christopher explains that there's no need to be a professional athlete to achieve the optimum level of fitness. Regular people can attain this ideal level and find balance and see great changes.
* Quotes are sprinkled throughout the book to provide motivation, and they are fun to read. I recently read another running/exercise book that was so dull, I could barely finish it. The quotes, anecdotes and descriptions of Christopher's athletic highs (and lows) give "The Athlete's Way" a personality.
* A recommendation found in the book which I have implemented is the running log. The first month I found it indispensable as it helped me see patterns that I had never noticed before. I would usually just head outside and run aimlessly. Now I am better able to gauge what helps me exercise longer (good music, not running on a totally empty stomach [yay toast!], avoiding runs in the hot Texas sun !)
* I also like that the book isn't preachy at all. Wanna keep a log? Go for it! If you can't be bothered, that's ok too. There's really no wrong way to embrace the ideas in this book.
Author! Author! Nancy Kelton
The author's use of quotations and personal stories makes this book something way beyond a standard exercise manual. I can't say enough good things about it!