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Forrest Blanding
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April 15, 2009
Cardio Fitness Can Save Your Life is a readable analysis of new findings from scientific research on exercise that reveal its even larger importance to health, and how we can exercise much more efficiently for a longer and more enjoyable life.

We are told incessantly that we should exercise, buy not accurately how we need to exercise to usefully improve our health. Many are now wasting time doing far more incorrect exercise than is useful. Author and scientific analyst Forrest Blanding first showed the importance of cardiofitness to health in his 1982 book, The Pulse Point Plan (Random House). His new book is cited as ''excellent'' by top authority Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who is known as the ''Father of aerobic exercise.'' Cardio Fitness Can Save Your Life provides new insights on how we need to exercise to achieve better health.

He shows us how to measure our cardio progress with a new, simple-to-use Cardiofitness Point method, and how a correct Cardio Fitness ratio can be more important to our heath and future life than cholesterol, blood pressure, or even smoking! He shows how proper walking can be ten times more productive to health than ordinary walking. He also shows readers how to formulate new and more efficient moderate exercise programs for cardio and overall health, and how to make our future years significantly more healthy and enjoyable!


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[This] book is excellent…There is a much needed audience for books of this type who could benefit immensely [from reading your book]… --Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., known as the ''Father of Aerobic Exercise'', and author of Aerobics, Founder of the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research

About the Author

The author and scientific analyst Forrest Blanding was born in a suburb of Chicago. He received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a post graduate degree from Princeton University. He was a career employee of the Exxon (now Exxon Mobil) Corporation for 35 years as researcher, manager and executive. Retired, he now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For many years he headed an Exxon research section responsible for analysis of research done by different company research groups throughout the world. He was a specialist in the unraveling complex multifactorial problems from multiple research studies and was a most highly regarded analyst. During the 1970's he become interested in the importance of exercise to long range health as a personal project because of his poor family health history. Most researchers then were dismissing exercise as unimportant. From what was a most extensive-then five year study of exercise research he found that cardiovascular fitness from exercise was a major factor involved in risk of heart disease. His book The Pulse Point Plan published by Random House in 1982 provided what was a first scientific verification of the importance of what is now termed cardiorespiratory or cardiofitness. During past two decades Forrest has been developing the Life Ahead Program that is today's most advanced scientific computer model of how life-style habits and factors produce the major diseases that terminate life.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,740,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk this way... March 7, 2010
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The first two-thirds of this book are about the benefits of cardio fitness to your health and how to measure cardio fitness. The last third goes over various exercises, from swimming to walking, jogging, treadmill, exercise bike, and even popular activities like sports, Curves(tm) and water-aerobics. The pluses and minuses for each activity for cardio health in particular are discussed. The author also recommends how to keep your heart rate up if you choose to do certain exercise programs that are liable to be less effective unless you pay attention to measuring. He also discusses step monitors (pedometers) and how they can help you to stay on track.

If you are setting up a program for walking for health, this book gives how to measure how much, how fast, how long and how best to do the exercise to get maximum health benefits.

This book is probably best suited to fitness coaches and trainers, but the average person who is serious about getting cardio fitness into their regime will benefit from reading the book too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Advice January 23, 2010
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This book is written by a pioneer in fitness research, Forrest Blanding. He is as passionate now as when he wrote his first book,"The Pulse Point Plan" in the early eighties. I hate to admit that I have read many exercise books purporting to be the answer. Unlike most of the rest I have read this book backs up its recommendations with data. The first chapters were a bit dense but their weight convincing. The recommendations for developing an exercise program were clear and practicable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exercise is the Best Medicine July 14, 2010
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How many times have you heard or read that simply walking for 30 minutes a day is sufficient to maintain good heart health? Have you ever wondered why that's all that is needed to maintain a healthy heart, given that most of us are on our feet more than 30 minutes each day, and yet heart disease is so prevalent?

Forrest Blanding's book "Cardio Fitness Can Save Your Life" presents a compelling discussion of why simply walking, without considering heart rates or the intensity of the exercise, is not enough. He debunks many of the myths of cardiovascular fitness, including those perpetrated by the medical establishment, with a detailed analysis of the studies on the relationship between the duration and intensity of exercise and reductions in the risk of heart disease.

Blanding recommends, in great detail, how to exercise to maintain a healthy heart. He shows what should be obvious: the intensity of exercise is critical to the degree of cardiovascular fitness. After all, the heart is a muscle, and exercise is what makes muscles stronger. However, in what may surprise many people, he also concludes that increasing exercise above two hours a week does not actually result in additional improvements in cardiovascular health.

Blanding presents so many tables and charts that it can be a little confusing to decide what you need to do. But stick with it! The bottom line is relatively simple: exercise in a way that raises your heart rate by at least 20 beats per minute for two hours a week, and you will substantially improve your cardio fitness and your life expectancy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good News on Cardio Fitness! July 20, 2010
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I have made a point this year of being more conscientious with regard to my physical health. The latest book on my reading list, `Cardio Fitness Can Save Your Life' is in line with that goal.

Here is the synopsis of this book:

A readable analysis of new findings from scientific research on exercise that reveal its even larger importance to health, and how we can exercise that reveal its even larger importance to health, and how we can exercise much more efficiently for a longer and more enjoyable life.
We are told incessantly that we should exercise, but not accurately how we need to exercise to usefully improve our health. Many are now wasting time doing far more incorrect exercise than is useful. Author and scientific analyst Forrest Blanding first showed the importance of cardiofitness to health in his 1982 book, The Pulse Point Plan (Random House). His new book cited as "Excellent" by top authority Dr. Kenneth Cooper who is known as the "Father of aerobic exercise" provides new insights on how we need to exercise to achieve better health.
He shows us how to measure our cardio progress with a new simple-to-use Cardiofitness Point method, and how a correct Cardio Fitness Ratio can be more important to our health and future life than is cholesterol, blood pressure, or even smoking! He shows how proper walking can be ten times more productive of health than is some ordinary walking. He also shows us how to formulate new and more efficient moderate exercise programs for cardio and overall health, and how to make our future years significantly more healthy and enjoyable ones!

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The author and scientific analyst Forrest Blanding ([...]) was born in a suburb of Chicago.
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