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Fit for Eternal Life Paperback – December 30, 2007
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Most any workout book can help you bulk up or slim down, but only here will you find a truly Christian approach to physical fitness. As Catholic psychologist and veteran bodybuilder Kevin Vost (author of Memorize the Faith!) reveals, God's command to "be perfect" applies not only to our moral life, but also to our bodies. By Him we were "wonderfully made" as creatures corporal and spiritual. The stronger and more enduring we make our bodies, the better we imitate Christ in whom perfect physical strength, endurance, and beauty were incarnated.
Best of all: it doesn't take a lot of time, special knowledge, or fancy equipment to do it. Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength and endurance training in a way you can understand (even if you haven't been in a gym for years or ever), and then helps you assemble an effective, personalized workout program that can be performed in as little as twenty minutes per week, leaving you plenty of time (and energy) to be an active Christian parent, spouse, and disciple.
Fit for Eternal Life also provides:
-A revolutionary understanding of fitness as a virtue; how building muscle can build virtue and vice-versa
-Ways to make your workouts an opportunity to practice prayer, meditation, and meritorious suffering
-Special guidance for women, older persons, and teens. We're all called to perfect our bodies!
-Advice to help you avoid many common fitness pitfalls, from bad form to over-training
-Fitness wisdom from classical philosophers, athletic popes, and even St. Thomas Aquinas!
Fit for Eternal Life shows you how to make your Temple healthier, more beautiful, and more zealous in this world, and will help prepare you for everlasting happiness with God in the next.
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The main reason for that is the person that Dr. Kevin Vost is. He has been a lifelong enthusiast of both academic learning and of physical fitness. He has written and published extensively in the realm of physical fitness and in cognitive and memory mechanics. Dr. Vost does not just write about these topics he also practices them, which makes him an authority not just theoretically but also practically. Dr. Vost has done graduate work and post- graduate work academically and he also has competed in power lifting.
The book flows nicely from topic to topic. It is designed to help you find balance in your life - to be neither a gym rat, nor a book worm, but to have the best of both worlds. It combines wisdom from classical authors down to current competitive athletes. He states: "Intensity and duration of effort, you see, are inversely proportional. How's that? A well-known saying in HIT circles is that 'you can train hard, or you can train long, but you can't do both.' The more demanding the exercise, the shorter the time you're able to sustain it. The harder you work, the sooner you must stop. We all know this from experience. And the kind of exercise that maximizes physical strength is not only intense but also brief.Read more ›
I was surprised and quite impressed by Vost's thorough, yet clever, combination of his wealth of weight training, aerobic and spiritual knowledge. This book will do well to suit and inform anyone hoping to become, not only more physically fit and spiritually aware, but a better spouse, parent, or friend. In his unique and well written format, you will find a good deal of valuable information about traditional aerobic activities, as well as helpful suggestions such as, implementing boring household chores (while listening to your favorite spiritual music) as part of your routine. As for the weight training technique he outlines in the book, it is what is known as "HIT" or High Intensity Training. This method, which would leave me feeling like I hadn't gotten my moneys worth out of my gym membership, could rightfully be called "LTN" for Less Time Needed. If you follow his plan and remain diligent in doing so, there is no doubt that his system will help you to become more fit, in an efficient and effective manner.
Not only have I learned a great deal about my own fitness regiment and how it can be improved, through the author's vast knowledge and experience, I've also acquired a new view to completing (less than desirable) tasks. Being a single father of two teenage boys involved in sports, his section for teen's has been extremely helpful as well.
I may already be skipping past the elevator to hit the stairwell for aerobic exercise, (one of many sensible suggestions) but now I'll feel much better about missing a workout to shovel my mom's or her neighbor's driveway! This solid and practical book by Dr.Vost, will remain a favorite of mine and has helped me in more ways than I would have ever expected!
There is certainly something here for everyone who has the ability to move about. There are specific exercises that require a gym; some require only weights and room to use them; much of the aerobics and calisthenics require only perseverance and perspiration.
The additional--or should I say, crowning--point is the inclusion of apt references to St. Thomas Aquinas, ancient philosophers, and even to saintly but not "over-muscly" Pope Pius XII, who proclaimed: "The human body is in its own right, God's masterpiece in the order of visible creation." (Allocution to Italian sporting associations, May 20, 1945.) 'Nuff said!
Don't wait until you're a senior citizen to get started on building and beautifying God's most favored temple. But if you've already reached the golden years, not to worry: Kevin's on call.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for those of us who want to do what is right for God's sake and not for temporary weight loss.Published 5 months ago by Snow Level
The author emphasizes the fact that humans are both physical and spiritual beings. As such, we need to attend to both parts of our nature. Read morePublished 20 months ago by 1
I love how Kevin emphasizes the importance of balancing efforts in mind, body and soul. He makes a great case on training and dieting in moderation. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Jose Salcido
It is a very straight forward, simple book that helps the reader make the connection of exercise and nutrition to the virtue of temperance (or sins of gluttony or lust by... Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Sergio
this book is fantastic for those who are seeking a spiritual fit and body fit combination. I am 35, married with children. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by kristina Romero
Teaches you how to get strong and not spend your entire life in the gym. Love the Catholic Christian philosophy behind the exercise program. Your body is a gift. Respect it. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Bob Pettit
For someone new to exercise or someone wishing to gain a deeper perspective of their fitness, this is an encouraging and easy read!Published on January 14, 2014 by Rosemary
Great book full of practical advice for living a disciplined life and improving spiritually and physically. I would highly recommend it.Published on September 10, 2013 by Maureen Roberts
The book follows a great motivational tool that flourish your spiritual path, the Virtues.
Excellent book and great catholic teaching related to your body.