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Popular fitness guru Jonny Bowden delivers a no-nonsense blueprint for getting in shape in this straightforward, energetic read. Emphasizing the importance of tailoring any diet or exercise plan to the specific individual, the book outlines an eight-week program guided more by principles and suggestions than by strict rules. But readers will make no mistake about the fact that Bowden's program requires a firm dedication to good health, as the author conveys his fitness strategies with a positive but resolute attitude that is as clear as it is contagious.
What makes the Shape Up program so unique is that it truly encourages -- requires, actually -- readers to probe their own eating and exercise habits and find an appropriate balance that works for them. To this end, Bowden offers thorough chapters on nutrition, food supplements, and the importance of making time to exercise. An excellent method for getting started involves writing down various positive steps that can be taken to introduce better eating and exercising habits into daily routines. The program itself is outlined, detailing specific journal entries, tasks, exercise and eating goals, and personal assessments for each of the eight weeks.
But the real gem here is Bowden's chapter on taking control of what the events in your life will mean to you, writing your own story instead of allowing life's occurrences to determine your reactions. This chapter alone provides plenty of motivation for even the most confidence-challenged reader. And choosing to view setbacks or difficulties in a personally advantageous light is a lesson that will prove valuable in other areas of readers' lives.
This personable read provides all the tools readers need to make smart choices about their personal fitness plan and to incorporate this plan into everyday life. (Karen Burns)