Best Friends' Guide to Getting Fit

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Girlfriends! Connect. Move. Transform."The Best Friends' Guide to Getting Fit" is an inspirational book that presents a new way to achieve lifetime fitness through the power of friendship—taking the idea of workout partners to a whole different level. Kim and Kris’ philosophy is that friendship can provide the incentive, time after time, to get up and out the door to meet for a workout. The consistency of such a routine and the chance to nurture a friendship daily, leads to dramatic results in all areas of a ...

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Overview

Girlfriends! Connect. Move. Transform."The Best Friends' Guide to Getting Fit" is an inspirational book that presents a new way to achieve lifetime fitness through the power of friendship—taking the idea of workout partners to a whole different level. Kim and Kris’ philosophy is that friendship can provide the incentive, time after time, to get up and out the door to meet for a workout. The consistency of such a routine and the chance to nurture a friendship daily, leads to dramatic results in all areas of a woman’s life—physical, mental, and spiritual.

Their book lays out concrete ways for a woman to embark on her own fitness journey; to select a friend with whom to partner; choose the right activities to pursue; establish a routine; cultivate the friendship; overcome obstacles (like illnesses, injuries, and boredom); try new activities; set and achieve goals together; develop greater discipline; and recognize the many signs of improving fitness. Each chapter combines Kim’s and Kris’ own fitness success story with practical tips, structure, and advice for making major life changes.

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"Kris Carpenter and Kim Murphy have co-written ‘The Best Friends' Guide to Fitness,’ in which they share how their friendship focused them on a regular exercise program that made them mentally strong and physically fit."

"'The Best Friend’s Guide to Getting Fit' by Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter proposes exercise regimens in conjunction with a friend."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933102009
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Murphy and Kris Carpenter are certified personal trainers. Go to www.connectmovetransform.com to learn more and to check out their online fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching services. Both live with their families in Vienna VA where they also own and operate ah-spire, a local fitness business.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
It’s Just Stress, Dear—Kris Looks Back
Sizes 6 to 16, and Everything in Between—Kim Looks Back
From Meltdowns to Marathons

Chapter 1: Our Formula for Success
A Birdseye View of Our Journey
False Starts and Failures
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
Our Greatest Challenge
A Formula that Can Work for You
The Power of Friendship
How to Pick a Partner with Whom You Can Succeed

Chapter 2: Getting Started
Kim Looks Back
Kris Looks Back
Putting One Foot in Front of the Other
How to Start Your Walking Plan
Taking that First Step
Establishing a Routine
Making Yourself a Priority
The Beauty of a Routine
Through Wind, Rain, and Snow—Staying Consistent
What We Found, What You Can Expect
It Becomes an Addiction
The Reactions of Others
A More Structured Walking Program
Tips
How Long?

Chapter 3: The Art of Being a Best Friend
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
Watching Your Friendship Grow
On Your Walks
Developing Trust
What if Your Friendship Doesn't Grow?
How to Address a Problem or Confront an Issue

Chapter 4: Joining a Gym
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
Walking, Talking, and Weights
Are You Ready for a Change?
Joining a Gym
Having an Assessment Done
What Do You Do Once You Get There?
Fighting the Intimidation Factor
Find your role model
Chapter 5: Trying Something New
Kim Looks Back
Kris Looks Back
Taking a Class
Aerobics, Kickboxing, Step Classes
Cycle/Spinning Classes
Muscle Sculpting Classes
Yoga and Pilates
Lifting weights
Running
Chapter 6: Injuries and Interruptions
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
The Difference Between an Ouch, an Injury, and an Interruption
Making a Comeback
Chapter 7: Taking it to the Next Level
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
Find Someone to Lead You to Intensity
Motivation—What’s Your Golden Carrot?
How to Take it to the Next Level
Feeling Winded
Sore Muscles
One Activity Does Not Necessarily Prepare You for Another
Chapter 8: Starting to Feel Fit
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
What Does it Feel Like to Feel Fit?
Some of the Signs You May Notice

Chapter 9: Changing Your Eating Habits
Kim Looks Back
Kris Looks Back
Put the Horse Before the Cart
Learning to Listen to Your Body
Chapter 10: The Body in the Mirror
Kim Looks in the Mirror
Kris Looks in the Mirror
Wishful Thinking
Challenge Yourself
Think Positive Thoughts
Changing What You Can, Accepting What You Can’t
Chapter 11: Listen to the Whispers
Kim Looks Back
Kris Looks Back
What Whispers Do You Hear?
Appendix A: Our Favorite Clothing & Gear
Kris Looks Back
Kim Looks Back
What Not to Wear
General Clothing and Gear
General Gear
Running Gear
Aerobics and Cross Training
Cycling and Spinning Classes
Appendix B: Tips and Techniques for Proper Posture and Form
Posture
A Walking Program
Tips:
Basic Static Stretches
Cycle/Spinning Classes
Muscle Sculpting Classes
Running

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