Fitness for Dummies

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Overview

In the exercise world, there's something new in equipment, research, gadgets, videos, and Web sites just about every day. Health clubs are offering innovative new classes like cardio kickboxing and firefighter boot camp, and nifty new machines, like the elliptical trainer. Meanwhile, scientists have published scores of new studies suggesting that exercise may, among other things, improve memory, reduce the risk of breast cancer, and give you a mood boost.

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Overview

In the exercise world, there's something new in equipment, research, gadgets, videos, and Web sites just about every day. Health clubs are offering innovative new classes like cardio kickboxing and firefighter boot camp, and nifty new machines, like the elliptical trainer. Meanwhile, scientists have published scores of new studies suggesting that exercise may, among other things, improve memory, reduce the risk of breast cancer, and give you a mood boost.

Fitness For Dummies, 2nd Edition, updates you on all the latest – the good, the bad, and the totally weird. But the central mission of this book is to tackle your fears, whether you worry that operating a stairclimber requires a degree in mechanical engineering or fret that no matter what exercise routine you start, sooner or later you'll end up back in the recliner. This book is for anyone who wants to

  • Set realistic fitness goals
  • Analyze your eating habits
  • Maximize your cardio workout
  • Demystify strength equipment
  • C hoose a health club

This down-to-earth guide tells you the stuff you really want to know, such as:

  • Will you burn more fat if you exercise at a slower pace?
  • Which brands of home exercise equipment are most reliable?
  • Can you actually become "Rock Solid in 6 Weeks," like the magazines say?
  • Which weight training exercises are best for beginners?
  • What the heck is Pilates, and how do you pronounce it?
  • How many days a week do you really need to work out?
  • How can you tell if a fitness trainer is qualified?
  • Will exercise ever be fun?

Don't become a fitness statistic. The fact is, among people who start an exercise program, half quit within eight weeks. Fitness For Dummies, 2nd Edition, presents strategies for making exercise a habit and explains the basics of healthy eating so that you steer clear of fad diets and useless supplements. This book gives you the knowledge and motivation to stick with fitness for the rest of your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764551673
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent are fitness experts who write frequently for newspapers and magazines. Together, they cowrote Weight Training For Dummies®.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Getting Your Butt off the Couch.

Chapter 1: 100 Reasons to Break a Sweat.

Chapter 2: Testing Your Fitness.

Chapter 3: Your Plan of Attack.

Chapter 4: Nutrition Basics.

Chapter 5: Educating Yourself.

PART II: Working Your Heart.

Chapter 6: Cardio Crash Course.

Chapter 7: Designing Your Cardio Program.

Chapter 8: Using Cardio Machines.

Chapter 9: Exercising Outdoors.

PART III: Building Strength.

Chapter 10: Why You've Gotta Lift Weights.

Chapter 11: Your Muscles: Love 'Em and Learn 'Em.

Chapter 12: Demystifying Strength Equipment.

Chapter 13: How to Design a Strength-Training Program.

Chapter 14: A Simple Strength Workout.

PART IV: Staying Flexible.

Chapter 15: The Scoop on Stretching.

Chapter 16: An Easy Stretching Workout.

Chapter 17: Yoga, Pilates, and Other Mind-Body Workouts.

PART V: Braving the Gym.

Chapter 18: Choosing a Health Club.

Chapter 19: Hiring a Trainer.

Chapter 20: Gym 101: The Unwritten Rules.

Chapter 21: Choosing an Exercise Class.

PART VI: Exercising at Home.

Chapter 22: Designing a Home Gym.

Chapter 23: Buying Cardio Equipment.

Chapter 24: Buying Strength and Stretching Equipment.

Chapter 25: Exercise Videos.

PART VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 26: Ten Great Fitness Investments under $100.

Chapter 27: Ten Fitness Rip-Offs.

Chapter 28: Ten Common Fitness Injuries.

Chapter 29: Ten Tips for a Fit Pregnancy.

Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Stay Motivated.

Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Your Fitness Test Results.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    I REALLY LOST WEIGHT!!!!!

    I tried this and i lot 101 punds by following the tips.I weighed 400 pounds but now i weigh 299. Love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Lives up to its Name of Fitness for Dummies

    A pure fitness novice may find this book useful as it truly lives up to its name of Fitness for Dummies. If you paid any attention during your high school or college PE courses or were active in any sport, you likely already know 60-90 percent of the information in this book. As a matter of fairness, I listened to the audio version, which appears to have left out several chapters that looked more interesting. Nevertheless, this book is only for the pure fitness novice, or perhaps, older Americans who would like to begin a fitness program after decades of inactivity. It also has a slight female slant--though not enough to deter males from reading it. I do believe the information to be accurate and helpful to the ultimate beginner.

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