Creative Fitness: Applying Health Psychology and Exercise Science to Everyday Life

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Biller integrates research about exercise, nutrition, and health within an applied developmental psychological framework. Readers are presented with ways of making fitness an enjoyable and positive force in their daily lives. Although a major focus is on how to get in shape, Biller's primary mission is to encourage a healthy lifestyle that enriches self-awareness and personal growth. The goal is not just to facilitate physical fitness, but to enhance overall life satisfaction. The book's uniqueness, accordingly, lies in its ability to help individuals develop a creative, playful approach to fitness in all spheres of their lives.

While some readers are just beginning to think about fitness because of a desire to lose weight and improve their appearance, others are more interested in refining their athletic skills or achieving a greater balance in their daily activities. Dedicated exercisers often are striving for new routines and ways to prevent burnout. Many parents, moreover, are searching for activities to help their children, as well as themselves, become more fit. Older individuals are especially likely to be concerned about staying healthy and avoiding physical dependence as they age. Biller speaks to all these concerns—and all these groups—by providing an approach to getting in shape that enriches self-understanding and mental vitality.

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Biller (psychology, U. of Rhode Island) has been concerned during much of his career with how parents can contribute to the fitness and wellness of their children, but here turns to how men and women can get and stay fit throughout their adulthood. He integrates exercise, nutrition, and health research within an applied developmental psychological framework to show how to make fitness an enjoyable and positive force in daily life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865693258
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY B. BILLER is Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Amerian Psychological Society, he also serves on the advisory board of the Men's Health Network. Among his nine earlier books is Fathers and Families (Auburn House, 1993).

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Table of Contents


Step I: Appreciating Your Biological Individuality

Body Wisdom

Staying Healthy

Step II: Understanding Your Personal Potential

Mental Vitality

Motivating Yourself

Step III: Enjoying Your Exercise Experience

Playful Movement

Muscle Games

Step IV: Improving Your Physical Appearance

Eating Well

Looking Good

Step V: Maximizing Your Healthful Lifestyle

Family Fitness

Life Satisfaction


Author Index

Subject Index

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