PBS fitness personality on Classical Stretch and creator of the fitness phenomenon Essentrics, Miranda Esmonde-White offers an eye-opening guide to anti-aging that provides essential tools to help anyone turn back the clock and look and feel younger no matter what age.
Miranda Esmonde-White trains everyone from prima ballerinas to professional hockey players to Cerebral palsy patients: what do they all have in common? All of these people are hoping to heal their bodies, prevent further injury, and move optimally and without pain. In fact, they have the same goals as any of us who are trying to stay young, fit, and reverse the hands of time.
Because the aging of our bodies occurs in our cells, it must be repaired there too—that’s where Miranda’s highly effective and sought-after techniques come in. The body is programmed to self-destruct as we age, but the speed at which it self-destructs is up to us. Recent scientific studies have proven this fact! In Aging Backwards, Miranda offers a groundbreaking guide on how to maintain and repair our cells, through scientifically designed workouts.
Healthy cells prevent joint pain, muscle loss and weak bones—helping to control weight, increase energy, and improve strength and mobility. Miranda offers readers of all ages the tools they need to look and feel young. Complete with tips, tools, and her Eight Basic Age-Reversing Workouts accompanied by instructional photos and web clips, Aging Backwards will help you grow younger, not older!
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About the Author
Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America's greatest advocates and educators on healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show Classical Stretch, which has been on the air since 1999. A former ballerina, she designed the Essentrics technique, which uses low-intensity strength and stretch exercises to relieve pain, prevent injury, and slenderize the body. Esmonde-White works with professional and Olympic athletes and celebrities, and teaches classes to thousands of students worldwide each year.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Myth of Aging 1
Part I How and Why We Age
Chapter 1 What Is Aging? 13
Chapter 2 The Building Blocks of Life and Our Inner Fountain of Youth 21
Chapter 3 "Why Do I Suddenly Feel So Old?" How Your Body Responds to the Big 4-O 29
Chapter 4 Meet Your Muscles, Ligaments, and Joints 45
Part II How we Stay Young and Healthy
Chapter 5 Stretch It Out: Flexibility Is the Fountain of Youth 63
Chapter 6 Maximize Muscle Power: Boosting Strength and Endurance 77
Chapter 7 Get Moving: The Connection Between Fitness and Disease Prevention 87
Chapter 8 Prevent and Heal After Injury 99
Part III The Eight Age-Reversing Workouts
Chapter 9 How to Do the Workouts 119
Chapter 10 Straighten Your Posture 123
Chapter 11 Speed Your Weight Loss 147
Chapter 12 Soothe Your Joints 169
Chapter 13 Increase Your Energy 185
Chapter 14 Relieve Your Pain 197
Chapter 15 Enhance Your Balance 221
Chapter 16 Improve Your Mobility 225
Chapter 17 Protect Your Bones 243
Afterword: The Power of Life 263