Pump It Up! is a comprehensive strength and endurance program for prevention, rehabilitation, and treatment of heart disease, It is a step-by-step program that will also be useful to anyone who wants to exercise for fitness and to reduce their heart attack risk. There is an informative chapter on diet and nutrition, reviewed by a nutritionist, as well as a chapter on basic heart anatomy. Real life stories of clients that the author has worked with add to the book's usefulness and appeal to readers.
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Pump It Up!: Exercising Your Heart to Health based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
With heart disease being one of the top killers of Americans, we could all stand to be more heart conscious and start paying more attention to the organ that provides us with life. We must do our best to keep our body functioning as best as it can and that requires exercise, proper rest, and a healthy diet. Joe Petreycik lays out what we need to do and he manages to be uplifting and inspiring in his message, not sounding condescending or berating. His “can-do” attitude is contagious and his book, PUMP IT UP!, leaves readers with a feeling of confidence in making the steps toward a heart-healthy life as soon as possible. What I liked most about this self-help book is that the exercises and nutritional advice are practiced by the author himself. In this day and age, it is so easy to just throw a fitness plan and some diet changes together and put it out to the public via blogs, Pinterest, etc. without any other credentials or testaments to it actually working other than a few sentences and some possibly altered photos for “proof.” But Joe Petreycik is qualified to write this excellent book because he is an RN and an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. Petreycik gives anecdotes throughout the guide to show support for his findings from his extensive research and his hospital work with patients who are recovering from heart attacks or other heart incidents. He also has numerous photos that show how to do the exercises he describes, as well as a set of photos that show a modified version of the exercise if your range of motion or ability is limited by age, injury, or level of experience. I definitely will be showing this book to my Grandma who is very active, but is apprehensive about strength training exercise out of fear that she’s “too old.” She is also scared of getting hurt from doing too much too fast. It is also worth mentioning the emphasis that Petreycik places on heart health in his book. Having a healthy looking body on the outside does not mean that your body is healthy on the inside.