- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM (June 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814434851
- ISBN-13: 978-0814434857
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness Paperback – June 10, 2015
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"Dr. Segar details an exciting new model to help people see exercise as a gift.…offers hope and lasting results for everyone." --Well-Being Practitioner
"..reveals how to make one of those key habits, exercise, a part of your life—for good...five simple tips that make perfect sense." --Health.com
“This book should be required reading for all medical students, nursing students, physician assistants, physical therapist, and occupational therapist (pretty much everyone in health care).” --ChristianQMD
“Fear not, for this is not your average fitness book. No more reading about how or why you should exercise, No Sweat is about the science of motivation.” --Women’s Lifestyle
“…valuable for all health and medical practitioners and students, and anyone else who wants to get more out of life (or help others do that for themselves).” --Vegan Practitioners
“To achieve lasting fitness Segar describes strategies to get even the most sedentary people off their tuchas, starting with ways to overcome past failures and negative feelings about exercise…” --ShareTheGlam
“One of the 9 best books of 2015 to inspire improvement this year.” --Limeade
"I love that she calls physical activity a “gift” you give yourself. I love her “everything counts” philosophy…I hope it inspires you too!" --Real Mom Nutrition
“…compelling… must read book… Segar is at once compassionate and firm, intelligent and approachable.” --Foreword Reviews
“Segar, in both an educational and entertaining way, introduces a program in which our perception of exercise is changed to create a sustainable relationship with fitness.” --Des Moines Register
"…empowering book…full of takeaways for those who think exercise is a bad word and find it difficult to find the motivation to stick to any fitness program." --VidyaSury
Selected as one of 15 Inspirational, Must-Read Books for Your Mind, Body and Career 2015 by The Healthy Freelancer
“…describes strategies to get even the most sedentary people off their duffs, starting with ways to overcome past failures and negative feelings about exercise…” --The New York Times
“…self-help guide for individuals in search of personal wellness, health professionals may nevertheless benefit from the text….useful in working with clients facing the same struggles regarding fitness.” --Pulse, Academy of Sports,Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition
“…looking for a gift to yourself, your loved ones and people you service, then No Sweat can offer a lifelong benefit…an easy read with a huge impact.” --Florida Psychologist
“No Sweat uses lessons from motivation science to help readers learn to truly enjoy exercise and create sustainable habits.” --Heleo
"Get rid of all of those books on exercising and buy this one. It is really the only book you will need to start getting fit…or to do anything else you don’t like doing, for that matter." --PCB007
“…takes the logical and well-known steps to an active life and presents them in a way that upends the standard motivational talking points.” --Eye for Pharma
“…not merely a weight-loss guide but rather a motivational manual to self-care and sustainable change… for persons wishing to set goals, change behavior, and/or improve their lifestyle.” --Library Journal
“You’ll be hooked! Practical, proven, and loaded with inspiring stories, No Sweat makes getting fit easier.” --Midwest Book Review
“Segar brilliantly organizes her unique and straightforward coaching techniques to overcome those mind games that sandbag our attempts to get fit.” --Retailing Insight
“No Sweat: How The Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You A Lifetime of Fitness is one of our bibles.” --Carey Goldberg, WBUR CommonHealth blog
From the Back Cover
Do you secretly hate exercising? Struggle to stick with a program? Millions of people try and fail to stay fit. But what if “exercising” is the real problem, not you?
No Sweat translates years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program that will empower you to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all. You’ll discover why you should forget about willpower and stop gritting your teeth through workouts you hate. Instead, you’ll become motivated from the inside out and start to crave physical activity. You’ll be hooked!
Practical, proven, and loaded with inspiring stories, No Sweat makes getting fit easier—and more fun—than you ever imagined. Get ready to embrace an active lifestyle that you’ll love.
Michelle Segar, Ph.D., is a motivation and behavioral sustainability scientist and directs the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan. She is a sought-after expert and frequently featured in major media like The New York Times, Forbes, and Prevention. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and master’s degrees in health behavior and kinesiology. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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I went through Dr. Segar’s book and came face-to-face with how I had traded the gifts of physical activity for chores, viewing exercise through an all-or-nothing lens. No Sweat is the first fitness book I’ve read that gives me permission to create exactly the exercise program that works for me, rather than expecting me to shape-shift myself and my life to fit some predefined notion of what “counts” as physical activity. This is why it feels so empowering. It is an utterly life-changing book that will give you permission to create your own behavioral plan and help you sustain it over the long haul. Dr. Segar reminds her readers: “What sustains you, you sustain.” Not because you’re lazy or hedonistic, but because your psyche is trying to nourish itself, and a healthy psyche is motivated to enjoy life on a daily basis. Her book is based on sound empirical research on motivations, movement, and emotion, and explains how they come together to shape our habits and our lives. No Sweat helped made me understand why people who follow grueling exercise and dietary regimens to drop substantial weight report being no happier thin than they were heavy. Their lives still consist mostly of chores.
Since reading No Sweat I’ve found myself exercising daily in ways that feel (to me) like play, and increasing movement when the opportunity arises. I feel more at ease in my body, and – although the book is not about weight control – my pants are looser. I plan to use this book again to change my online spending habits, which I want to curtail. Now I feel empowered to do that. I am deeply grateful for No Sweat and for Dr. Segar’s commitment to her clients and readers. Give it a read and learn something profound about how to change your body AND your life.
Four stars because the content is great. Could be five stars at half the length. I would happily pay twice the price for this book if it was half its length.
UPDATE: I'm now 1/3 of the way through the book. I continue reading it because the concepts are insightful and useful, but the chore of plodding through the rambling content continues. I'm getting the sense that the author and editor (if an editor exists) could not decide what kind of book they wanted this to be. I dropped the rating to three stars because the book is increasingly less satisfying to read. I keep at it because I've not found these insights anywhere else, but ferreting them out is like going to the doctor for a series of treatments. They are beneficial but there is nothing fun about it.
SECOND UPDATE: Now 2/3 of the way through the book, I reduced my rating to two stars. The author's insights remain valuable and worth the effort to ferret out of the jumbled mess of content this book is, but I resent the jumbled mess. I would not recommend this book to a friend because I would not want to subject him/her to this frustrating reading experience.
THIRD UPDATE: I finished the book. It is sad and perplexing that a person with the high academic and field credentials Segar has produced such a disorganized book.
I urge Segar to publish a better-organized second edition that includes a workbook appendix. That approach would be better received and more useful to readers. Segar describes well the challenges and complexities of living life in today's world. She makes a fundamental error in assuming people will give her the time and mental focus needed to navigate the jumbled mess her book is.
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