Maharam's Curve: The Exercise High - How to Get It, How to Keep It

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Are you the type of exerciser who has never been able to keep to a workout program for more than a week? Do you want to start working out for health and well-being but don't know how to design a program which you won't quit? Are you a serious athlete trying to reach your peak, or feeling like you're losing momentum? Do you exercise because it's good for you, hating every minute of "no pain, no gain"? Now sports medicine specialist Lewis G. Maharam offers the first exercise program, based on his research into ...
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Overview

Are you the type of exerciser who has never been able to keep to a workout program for more than a week? Do you want to start working out for health and well-being but don't know how to design a program which you won't quit? Are you a serious athlete trying to reach your peak, or feeling like you're losing momentum? Do you exercise because it's good for you, hating every minute of "no pain, no gain"? Now sports medicine specialist Lewis G. Maharam offers the first exercise program, based on his research into human fitness and biochemistry and his clinical practice, guaranteed to make keeping fit a pleasure, both physically and mentally. Step by step, this revolutionary new book shows how to develop a fitness plan you will look forward to and your body will thrive on. By simply calculating your training rate and matching it to your moods, you can plot an exercise curve - your own personal "Maharam's Curve" - that will predict your optimum exercise level and show you how to achieve, and maintain, an "exercise high." Because overly strenuous workouts and exhaustion detract from a satisfying and euphoric workout as much as does low motivation and endurance, this book benefits the experienced athlete as well as the beginner. No matter what your chosen form of exercise - walking, running, swimming, aerobics, cycling, cross-country skiing, rowing, rope jumping, stair machines, or cross training - there's detailed advice for getting on the Curve. Practical suggestions for keeping to a routine, sound advice on sports nutrition, and all the cards and graphs needed to plot your ascent up Maharam's Curve are included. By following Maharam's Curve, keeping to a fitness routine will become easier and you will find yourself with elevated moods and a toned and fit body - and loving exercise like you never thought you would. This is a book that will change the way that you feel about exercise, and yourself, forever.

This revolutionary new book by a top sports physician shows that not only is it possible to develop an exercise program that your body will thrive on and you will look forward to, but that by calculating your training rate against your mood levels, you can plot an exercise curve that will predict that will show you how to consistently achieve an "exercise high." Drawings.

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Maharam, a primary care physician who is medical director of the Sports Medicine Association of New York, here offers his own research as proof that the much-touted release of endorphins actually has little if anything to do with the ``zone'' or ``high'' that athletes experience at peak performance. Instead, he writes, the key is psychological. Thus, he provides an exercise program that will, he claims help readers find their ``own personal best rhythm.'' Maharam insists that his plan is not ``a vague New Age wandering about in the backstairs of the brain,'' but rather a serious attempt to correlate mood swings with exercise and chart them on a curve. Finding the apex of the curve will enable the exerciser to make achieving a ``high'' deliberate, not accidental. Maharam recommends keeping a diary--for example, a biker's diary might show a consistent peak in mood elevation whenever he or she bikes ten miles at a particular pace. Maharam promises that ``riding the curve'' will improve everything from sleeping to sex to longevity, but his tone is amicable rather than messianic, so most readers probably won't mind the pep talk. His book also includes many pages filled with tips on 18 different kinds of exercise, diet, warm-ups, warm-downs, and whatnot--all sensible advice that nonetheless feels like padding. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393033656
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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