A Girl's Guide to Fitting in Fitness

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Whether you’re the MVP of your basketball team, an occasional jogger, or a self-acknowledged couch potato, The Girl’s Guide to Fitting in Fitness has practical advice that you can really use. The book is organized just like a typical teenager’s school week, and shows how easy it is to wake up earlier and sharper (using yoga and relaxation techniques), eat healthier foods, and use the little in-between moments of your day—like the commute to school, or the time between classes—to incorporate a little bit of ...

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Overview

Whether you’re the MVP of your basketball team, an occasional jogger, or a self-acknowledged couch potato, The Girl’s Guide to Fitting in Fitness has practical advice that you can really use. The book is organized just like a typical teenager’s school week, and shows how easy it is to wake up earlier and sharper (using yoga and relaxation techniques), eat healthier foods, and use the little in-between moments of your day—like the commute to school, or the time between classes—to incorporate a little bit of physical activity that will make a big difference. Additionally, the book includes:

  • Sample workouts for the morning, the school day, and the summer and weekends
  • Sidebars packed with special advice, information, and tips for healthier living
  • Quotes from other teens about how they fit fitness in
  • Illustrations for all of the workouts and advice
In this fun and practical guide, the writing duo behind FitBottomedGirls.com offers a real-world teen guide that’s sure to help even the most devoted TV-addict lead a fitter, healthier, and happier life—without the need for a gym or fancy exercise equipment.
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“Readers are given a thorough overview of the components of a balanced fitness routine, including cardio, strength training, warm-ups, and cooldowns. . .From start to finish, this guide is a useful, well researched resource for any young woman looking to figure out a regimen that works for her." —Booklist
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Anyone following current events is aware of the obesity epidemic facing our nation. Add to this the constant barrage of skinny models and actresses, it's no wonder girls today have body issues. The authors of this book hope to give a balanced vision of health that includes good nutrition, proper exercise and a positive attitude. The advice they give is practical, especially considering teenagers do not have control over grocery shopping or transportation. Examples of exercises require no equipment, and recommended foods would be easy to find and easy to convince parents to buy. An entire chapter is devoted to fitness at school, encouraging girls to take extra PE classes and wear a pedometer to monitor how many steps taken during the school day. They even offer tips on how best to navigate the school lunch menu (although the advice might still be hard to follow in some cafeterias). Throughout the book, the idea of a positive attitude and self-image reappears often. For example, girls are encouraged to keep track of how they feel during a workout so they can see progress without having to look at a scale. The illustrations support this by using drawings of healthy girls rather than photos of a real person girls might compare themselves to. This is a well-written and practical guide to fitness for girls in middle and high school. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
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Emphasizing a moderate approach to physical activity and balanced eating, this fitness guide for teen girls will be most useful to those who are already motivated. Easy-to-read chapters offer advice on topics such as the benefits of healthy habits, fitting activity into the regular school and weekend day, and stress relief. Sample workouts offer simple, illustrated instructions that often require little or no equipment. Likewise, tips about healthy meals suggest foods that can be eaten raw or prepared with a minimum of fuss. Beyond the basics, there is concise information offered about subjects that include organic produce, eating disorders and High Intensity Interval Training. Yet the distinctly positive tone of the guide does not always work. The authors' suggestion that a good attitude is one of the most important elements to fitness is likely true, but it's hard to imagine many teens suddenly being won over by the insistence that gym class can be fun. It's also unlikely they will thrill to some of the more didactic maxims offered here: "By being committed to making yourself the best you can be, you'll find that getting fit is empowering--not dreadful." Concluding with an annotated list of online resources and an index, this guide will be a boon for teen fitness buffs, if not couch potatoes. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936976300
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 954,948
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennipher Walters is a personal trainer, lifestyle, and weight management coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist. In addition to co-founding FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com, she has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, Yahoo! Shine, SparkPeople, AOL’s Paw Nation, and Diets in Review. 

Erin Whitehead is the co-founder of FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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    Well-written and easy-to-read. This book is accessible and, I th

    Well-written and easy-to-read. This book is accessible and, I think, would appeal to the teen and 20something audience. It's broken out into nice, simple chapters that bring you the information that you need without a bunch of extra information. Overall, I liked it.

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