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Posted November 20, 2012
The title of this review comes from three different sources: One of the late Ray Bradbury's short stories written and published in 1969; an 1855 poem written by Walt Whitman, and a song from the 1980 movie "Fame." (Note: All three sources can be traced to Whitman.)
The gist of such a title is based upon the notion that the human body is unique from that of not only other living things, but is as individual as the remaining seven billion-plus people inhabiting this planet. This sense of the divinity lying within all of us relates to Whitman's transcendentalist perspective, in that all of us maintain our unique qualities while interacting and inter-relating with all other life around us.
Treating the human body as a source of divine inspiration is nothing new for devout practitioners of the mystical as found in Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and other earth-based spiritual and philosophical beliefs. The concept of the body as a temple has varied in its message from culture to culture, but is basically the same---feed and nourish it carefully and consistently and it shall reward you for many years to come.
Of course, plying it with tobacco, excessive amounts of salt, sugar, alcohol, and various street drugs are contributing factors in just how long the human body will live in its earthly form. Being cognizant of these pitfalls while taking advantage of any and all opportunities to strengthen and improve our bodies to be as fit and proactively healthy as possible is the surest way of living a long, productive life. Stephen Williams makes this aforementioned sentence the thesis of his book "Goodlife Fitness: Tips For an Efficient Workout."
Williams wastes no time in stating a timeworn but accurate cliche: Life is short. There is a strong sense of urgency to his message as he stays on point throughout "Fitness" by constantly reminding the reader to focus primarily upon exercise and a healthy diet. He stresses that having a beautiful, heaslthy body is a dream and a goal for most people, and he emphasizes the physical benefits of such a single-minded focus---perfect abs; strong shoulders; beautiful hands and legs. These attributes are highlighted in such a way that the author makes a causal connection between physical beauty and sex appeal to women. While cultural and historical evidence seems to support this theory (e.g. the cute cheerleader dates the quarterback; the leggy model hooks up with the chiseled movie star), physical beauty does fade as a person ages and matures, in which case other not-so-obvious qualities such as kindness, reliability, intelligence, etc. start assuming more prominent roles.
A more realistic approach is taken in the book as Williams points out that, in order to be fit for a lifetime, the entire spectrum of good health and physical fitness also spans a lifetime too. Successful bodybuilding and physical fitness is not so much a destination as it is a process. By making this a central tenet in "Fitness," Williams addresses the need to set, maintain, and reach small, easily attainable goals that will provide the reader the impetus and self-initiative to continue with the program's outcomes.
"Fitness" encourages the reader to stay highly disciplined, and to accept that (s)he is human---as much as our bodies are finely-tuned machines that have evolved over millions of years, there will be moments of momentary weakness
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Posted November 21, 2012
Getting fit is essential. Especially when you take in all the health benefits associated with it. Goodlife Fitness: Tips For An Efficient Workout by Stephen Williams can be an essential part of your daily routine, something to read before you set off to the gym.
I found that this book had some very useful tips to get you working out efficiently. And the key word there is ‘efficiently’. My boyfriend is getting obsessed with working out and it’s the only reason why I got this book because he is usually putting so much effort into getting toned, but it is taking so long. I found that Stephen Williams provided some tips that would be good to actually help my boyfriend become more efficient in his workout practices. There were so many areas in which he was lacking but we did not know, after all, it’s what everyone does when they go to the gym. I was very happy that I found this book.
I would say that this book is good for anyone who is looking to get toned, improve those muscles and get that body ready for the summer but is having trouble getting there with their current routine. Stephen Williams provides information to you that you won’t get by simply going to the gym.
The book shows some level of research into exercising and working out and you can see that Stephen Williams knows what he is talking about from the way he writes the book. It is a good investment.