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Health & Fitness in Plain English: How to Be Healthy, Happy, and Fit for the Rest of Your Life Paperback – July 25, 2008
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Preface - What's In This Book:
How To Be Happy Healthy and Fit for the Rest of Your Life. This book explains why health does not mean to stop your life to "do exercises" or to buy special food and supplements, but how to move in real life so that all the ways you walk, bend, sit, work, and play are healthful. Beginners will be able to get started right. Experienced exercisers and trainers will be able to avoid common harmful practices and put better ones to use.
This book gives upbeat ideas for exercise, health, and nutrition; explains the terminology; puts information in the place of myths, and gives practical suggestions for healthier weight loss; how to stop back pain, neck pain, knee pain, headaches, osteoporosis, and leg cramps; what good and bad cholesterol mean, and how your real life can become your health and exercise. There are answers to fun questions like why does your foot fall asleep? Why do your joints pop? Why is your elbow called a funny bone? At the end of the book, there is a large, annotated glossary. More than handy definitions, it includes word derivations, concepts, and fun stories behind the people and information. Important areas are restated in different chapters for helpful reinforcement and so that chapters can be read alone, or in whatever order suits you.
With the information in this book, you will be better equipped to make sense of the claims and counterclaims in exercise, health, and nutrition. You will be able to fix pain and get stronger and more mobile without having to "do" exercises, or purchase any products. You will see how to be active and healthy for your real life, not just in a gym. You will be able to make informed decisions about your health. You will save money. You will be empowered to get your life back. You'll even have fun.
Top customer reviews
The chapters dealing with body mechanics and posture are beyond valuation for those suffering from back pain - like myself. Following Dr. Bookspan's recommendations I have eliminated most of my chronic back pain and no longer need the heavy pain meds.
Again, following the book; by making a few simple adjustments to my diet (which was already considered "very good" by my Dr.) and changing my mental outlook on exercise and physical activity have resulted in my being able to incorporate more "exercise" into a schedule that I believed had 'no room' and have begun to lose weight that had previously refused to budge!
Anyone who is serious about becoming fit must buy this book!
- Proper Posture
- Healthier Back
- Better Ways To Stretch Properly
- Working Out Through Out Your Day
This Book Definitely Has More Of A Female Perspective About Weight Training But, Don't Let The Slightly Negative Aspect Of Going To The Gym To Work Out In This Book Turn You Off From It. This Book Is Very Beneficial For Anyone And Everyone!
I also really liked the exercises that she recommends, however, they are located in different areas throughout the book. I had to go through the book a second time to make a list of these useful exercises because they aren't easy to find. A final section that lists each exercise and how to do them would have been appreciated for easy reference. The lack of this section is why I gave it only 4 stars.