Fit for Eternal Life: A Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul

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Is your spirit faithful but your flesh flabby? Has your Temple of the Holy Spirit begun to creak and crumble? Then let Fit for Eternal Life show you how to build it up again.

Most any workout book can help you bulk up or slim down, but only here will you find a truly Christian approach to physical fitness. As psychologist and bodybuilder Kevin Vost (author of Memorize the Faith!) explains, God's command to "Be perfect" applies not only to the moral life, but to the physical life...

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Overview

Is your spirit faithful but your flesh flabby? Has your Temple of the Holy Spirit begun to creak and crumble? Then let Fit for Eternal Life show you how to build it up again.

Most any workout book can help you bulk up or slim down, but only here will you find a truly Christian approach to physical fitness. As psychologist and bodybuilder Kevin Vost (author of Memorize the Faith!) explains, God's command to "Be perfect" applies not only to the moral life, but to the physical life too: for the stronger, more enduring, and more beautiful we make our bodies, the better we imitate Christ - in whom perfect strength, endurance, and beauty were incarnated.

And it doesn't take a lot of time or fancy equipment to do it! Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength training and cardio fitness in a way you can understand (even if you haven't been in a gym for years - or ever), and then helps you build an effective, personalized workout program that can be performed in as little as twenty minutes per week. That will leave you lots of time (and more energy) to be an active parent, spouse, and disciple. Fit for Eternal Life also gives you: Sane and simple dietary tips that don't make you swallow supplements or count carbs, Ways to make your workouts an opportunity to practice prayer, meditation, and meritorious suffering, Fitness wisdom from classical philosophers, athletic popes, and even St. Thomas-Aquinas!, More advanced information and techniques, for when you're ready to progress beyond the basics, Plus: Special fitness tips for women, older persons, and teens. Having a strong and fit physique is not just for a select few. Neither is it opposed to a life of the spirit. Fit forEternal Life will make you healthier, more beautiful, and more zealous in this world, and will help prepare you for everlasting happiness with God in the next.

About the Author:
Kevin Vost, Psy. D., is a Catholic psychologist, veteran bodybuilder, Mensa member, and an amateur Thomist and classicist. He is also the author of Memorize the Faith!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933184319
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 802,427
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note     xiii
Foreword: "Be Perfect"     xv
Introduction: Confessions of an Iron-Pumping Psychologist     xxiii
Body, Mind, and Spirit
Introducing Total Fitness     5
The Virtues of Fitness     13
The Strength of Fortitude: Principles of Strength Training
Progression Toward Perfection     27
Intensity for Muscular Immensity     35
Duration in Moderation     43
Frequency for Results You'll See     53
Rest to Grow Best     63
Form Must Be the Norm     71
Order Makes Workouts Shorter     81
Fortitude Endures: Principles of Aerobic Training
Heart, Soul, and Lungs: Formal Aerobic Exercise     91
Real Work Works: The Value of Normal Daily Activities     105
Temperance: Dietary Self-Mastery
Habit, Not Diet     119
Goodbye to Gluttony     133
Prudence: Putting Together Your Total Fitness Workout Package
Building Your Own Strength Routine     147
Simple Sample Weekly Workouts     163
The Virtue of Results     173
Conclusion: Faith, Hope, and Charity: Exercising the Ultimate Virtues     181
Afterword: An Ode to the Virtues of Fitness     191
Justice: Giving Specific Groups Their Due
Perfecting theFeminine Form     195
Use It or Lose It!     205
Help Your Training Teen Avoid the Pitfalls     215
Biographical Note: Kevin Vost     229
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