Fit Happens: Strategies for Living a Healthier, Happier, Fitter Life

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"Fitness isn't a job or an obligation," writes Joanie Greggains. "It's the natural result of making good, positive lifestyle choices every day." Sounds simple, right? Yet millions of Americans have succumbed to a life of chronic exhaustion, extra pounds, and feelings of personal failure. In Fit Happens, Greggains gets you psyched, keeps you motivated, and creates a fun, easy-to-follow plan for becoming thinner, happier, and healthier. As she says, "Create a healthy lifestyle from the things you love, and it will ...
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"Fitness isn't a job or an obligation," writes Joanie Greggains. "It's the natural result of making good, positive lifestyle choices every day." Sounds simple, right? Yet millions of Americans have succumbed to a life of chronic exhaustion, extra pounds, and feelings of personal failure. In Fit Happens, Greggains gets you psyched, keeps you motivated, and creates a fun, easy-to-follow plan for becoming thinner, happier, and healthier. As she says, "Create a healthy lifestyle from the things you love, and it will last a lifetime."
        Greggains has been at the forefront of the fitness movement for nearly twenty years, and she knows the facts, fictions, and fads of feeling better. Fit Happens looks at the fundamentals to create a holistic ap-proach to health and reminds us that starting small is often the best way to make lasting changes in your life. Fit Happens covers such topics as:

 ¸  How much—and how—you should exercise
 ¸  Fitting fitness into your schedule
 ¸  How to burn that fat
 ¸  Getting the most from the foods you eat
 ¸  How not to be dazzled by fad diets
 ¸  Fats: unlocking the right combination
 ¸  Thirteen "health" foods that aren't
 ¸  The facts about vitamins, minerals, and supplements
 ¸  The chemistry behind food cravings—and how to beat it
 ¸  Getting a better night's sleep
 ¸  How not to sabotage your fitness plan

        Along the way,Greggains provides us with personal anecdotes, easy-to-read charts, and fascinating tidbits (did you know that salt can alleviate back pain, and that peppermint is an appetite suppressant?) as she gives you the motivation and information you need to make fit happen.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's hardly a topic that exercise expert Greggains, the host of the television shows Morning Stretch and Health and Fitness with Joanie Greggains and author of Total Shape Up, fails to cover--from the facts about battling fatigue to the fictions about fighting fat. The book features a series of user-friendly guides: she lays out healthy dietary programs, explains how much water people should drink, how to get a good night's rest and how many and which vitamins people should take, if any. For readers needing an extra push, Greggains advises when to consult and how to choose a personal trainer. Those who keep up with health and fitness trends will already be familiar with much of the information in this book, which contains all the wisdom already available in most women's magazines. But overall, Greggains gets the balance right by offering plenty of motivational and practical advice on getting in shape, which makes the book especially useful for absolute beginners. Author tour. Jan. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Syndicated fitness maven and author Greggains takes on the formidable popularity of the faddists with this sassy reiteration of the only tried-and-true formula for fitness: Eat well and exercise! Her angle is that you can and must love yourself in order to make the lifestyle changes that are truly the best for you. She gives you permission to love yourself by explaining why fitness fads don't--and can't--work. Then Greggains outlines a reasonable plan that can be implemented gradually, to a greater or lesser degree, by anyone. Along the way, she debunks the many myths about diet and exercise that set us up for failure. An excellent new rendering of the perennial truth, this is a necessary purchase for all public libraries.--Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375500367
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanie Greggains is the host of the television show Morning Stretch, which reaches over 70 percent of the United States, and Health and Fitness with Joanie Greg-gains, the number-one-rated Saturday-morning radio program in northern California. Her thirteen exercise videos have sold over ten million copies. She lives and works in California.

Patricia Romanowski is the coauthor of eighteen books, including three national bestsellers. She lives on Long Island with her husband, author Philip Bashe, and their son, Justin.

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How Fit Happens

If you're like most people I know and work with, you see yourself falling into one of two clearly defined camps: those who are fit, healthy, and energetic and those who are out of shape, never quite feeling their best, and perpetually tired. You may have picked up this book because you fall within that second group. Whether this is your first attempt to change how you look and feel or your fifty-first, you may well be thinking, "This time, I'm going to do it"-until you remind yourself-"unless, of course, I give up, like I always seem to do."

Why do we think like this? Why is it that we can run a business, manage a household, and raise a family, yet find ourselves bewildered when it comes to learning how our bodies work and what we can do to stay healthy through our lives? Chances are, you're interested in health and fitness, yet everything you hear-from the latest academic studies to the newest exercise or diet fad-seems to contradict everything else. One hundred people may have one hundred different ideas about the "best" way to eat, the "best" way to exercise, but the one thing I'll bet you all have in common is the idea that fitness is easier for some of us than for others. We tend to believe there's some mystical, unknowable secret that explains how some people keep their weight in a healthy range, exercise regularly and happily, and have the upper hand in their relationship with food. The more we struggle with these problems, the more elusive the solution seems to be.

But here's the secret: There is no secret. When you follow just a few basic principles, fit happens. In the years I've been teaching health and fitness, I've foundthat people stick to a healthy lifestyle because they've found ways to do it and enjoy it. They have kept or-more likely if they're older-rediscovered the fun in movement, the joy of feeling energetic and alive. Chances are, if you're a veteran of yo-yo dieting, food fads, and exercise gimmicks, you've lost that joy Because without knowing it, you've been fighting a battle that was lost before it began. Why? Because barring being faced with a question of life or death, human beings simply are not wired to do what they do not enjoy. At first, we can energize and motivate ourselves with the hope of change or the threat of consequences if we do not. And that can carry us through a new diet or a new exercise regimen, but only for so long. Maybe when you were younger, you could be convinced that carob was "as satisfying as chocolate," and that a boring daily workout was "fun." But you know better now.

You'd think we'd all get the message by now. And judging from the number of us who've lost the will to fight and just succumbed to chronic exhaustion, a sedentary lifestyle-and the extra pounds that come with it-and a sense of personal failure, we get it, all right. Fewer people diet now than ever. What do we learn except how to fail? But here's the best-kept secret in the world: The diets, the fat-erasing supplements, the equipment and paraphernalia fail because they were never meant to work to begin with. If you took the profit motive out of the health- and fitness-related industries, you'd never have heard the words SnackWell, NutraSweet, Thighmaster, or Beverly Hills Diet. Have you ever known anyone who "lost 20 pounds in one week" or got "thin thighs in four days"? Unfortunately, the misguided quest for the elusive quick fix dogs most of us from our teens. Binge eating-which is surprisingly common-is now officially recognized as a serious eating disorder, along with anorexia and bulimia. Now even kindergartners are obsessing about their "weight." And it gets even worse. Across the country, school districts are reducing or eliminating physical education from our children's curriculums, and in some places, even canceling recess.

It's time to stop believing and start really knowing, time to start incorporating new health habits that really work and to understand why they do. Every suggestion in this book is geared to teaching you how to eat better, move better, and feel better. Weight loss and a great-looking body-not to mention feeling calmer, less stressed, and more energetic-naturally follow.

I have been teaching people about health and fitness since 1972, when I became a junior high school physical education teacher in the San Francisco public school system. Whether I am hosting my own radio talk show, speaking at a seminar, producing fitness videos, teaching classes, or working with private students at my gym, my goal has never changed. I want to teach you how to understand and respect your body In doing that, I've developed a very good idea of not only what people want to know but also what confuses them and exactly what they need to know. This book does not claim to offer everything there is to know. But it is a carefully chosen distillation of all the information you need to know to move toward better health.

Fitness isn't a job or an obligation, it's the natural result of making good, positive lifestyle choices every day. Whether you start with something as simple as making sure you drink enough water or embark on a major daily exercise program, every step counts. Don't wait to reward yourself after you've lost 20 pounds. Give yourself the thumbs up each time you choose to ride your bike instead of taking the car, each time you bypass the candy machine for the water cooler. Remember, it wasn't one thing you did that got you to where you are today-it was a chain of decisions and events that made it impossible for fit to happen in your life. Substitute smart choices for bad habits and you'll be clearing the way for fit to happen. And, most important, keep it fun. Instead of just exercising, actively pursue the joy in movement you knew as a child. Create a healthy lifestyle from the things you love, and it will last a lifetime.
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