- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; Revised edition (March 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592289894
- ISBN-13: 978-1592289899
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to Walking, New and Revised: For Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness Paperback – March 18, 2008
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From the Back Cover
Much more than a “how-to” exercise book, The Complete Guide to Walking is an interactive and inspirational resource that can make the difference for millions of Americans who struggle with weight loss, health and dietary concerns, stress, and chronic fatigue. The author offers dozens of realistic solutions to help you overcome your individual barriers to regular daily activity. As a coach of beginners and world-class athletes alike, Fenton promises that he can transform virtually anyone from couch potato to athlete in less than one year with this straightforward, motivational, and enjoyable prescription to a healthier life.
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Top customer reviews
I checked out the first edition of this book from the library and did a page-by page comparison to see what had changed. There are exactly the same number of pages as the first edition and only the title of one subchapter has changed. Some of the resources in back have been updated, but that info could be found for free with a google search. The introduction has been re-written and the author's bio on the back cover has been updated (he has since left Walking Magazine and has appeared in the movie Super Size Me). Other than these updates, there is almost NO change here from the first edition.
Bottom line: this book is the best comprehensive guide to walking for fitness and health, but no need to buy this one if you already have the first edition.
My only one complaint about the book - and this struck me immediately - was that it was illustrated throughout with photos of very young, very good-looking and very skinny walkers. What about those of us who have, maybe, passed our prime, might not be America's Next Top Model and who are just in this game for a really strong, fit and well-toned body to glide us through our middle-aged years? One or two photos of 'normal' walkers would have been very much appreciated! The book is targeted at the original 'couch potato' so the illustrations should reflect a little bit of that. This would be my only negative comment.
Other than that, I would be very happy to recommend the book to anyone who is thinking of increasing their fitness routine, even starting from scratch or indeed anyone who currently is a walker and wants to push it up a gear or two. It's very good value for the abundance of information it provides.
I am happy to continue to be part of my neighbourhood's 'landscape' and have, I am happy to say, inspired others to put on their walking shoes and get out and move. It's free, it's invigorating and it's most rewarding.