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Fitness after 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Ageby Vonda WRIGHT
Synopses & Reviews
Healthy, Vital, Active, Joyful! These are not words commonly used to describe getting older. Yet by focusing on exercising smarter, you can retain the vigor of youth and perform as well, if not better, while limiting injury. It is true. Our bodies change every year and we are different after 40 than when we were 20. But just because we’re not teenagers anymore doesn’t mean we can’t be strong, healthy, or vital.
In Fitness After 40, Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine for people over 40, captures the advice, exercises, and injury prevention insights she gives her patients every day for getting healthy, staying trim, and taking fitness to the next level. It is like having your own doctor in the house.
Dr. Wright is the creator of a unique exercise program (F.A.C.E.) specifically designed to target the fitness and performance needs of mature athletes. In Fitness After 40, she shows you how to implement flexibility, aerobic exercise and strength training to regain vigor, and look and feel better than ever. By following her proven program, you can learn to:
understand your body and approach exercise and injury in a new way • make the most of your exercise routine during a busy week • hydrate and understand how to eat right • avoid injury to rotator cuffs, lower back, knees, and legs • maximize stretching, running, and weight training • as well as much more.
Vonda Wright, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine, and the Director of PRIMA: the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes. She is a contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Maxim, and many other periodicals, and has appeared on CNN, ABC-TV News, and in Newsweek and USA Today. She lives in Pittsburgh. Ruth Winter, M.S., is an award-winning science writer, and the author of 34 books including A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives and A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. She lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Praise for Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age
“ . . . a must-read for everyone wanting to take control of their bodies through fitness.”
— Freddie H. Fu, M.D., President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
“Recommended . . . for all people with the desire to get back into the game and the practitioners who care for them.”
— Marje Albohm, M.S., ATC, President of the National Athletic Trainers Association
“ . . . great incentive and practice methods for setting and achieving fitness goals while minimizing injury.” — Roger Oxendale, CEO, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; and Ultramarathoner
“ . . . excellent information about conditioning.”
— Gloria Beim, M.D., Physician for the U.S. Track Cycling Team; and Physician for the U.S. Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
“ . . . shows readers how it’s possible to put in place a safe, individual, and customized exercise program that doesn’t have to take up a lot of time.”
— Jan Yager, Ph.D., sociologist, and author of Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover
“ . . . helps readers not only look better on the outside, but feel better on the inside.”
— Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., CDN, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association; and American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer
“Exercise is medicine. Dr. Wright delivers this concept in an exceptionally clear, fun, and realistic way.”
— Marty Jaramillo, PT, “Physical Therapist and trainer to the stars”; Founder & CEO,
I.C.E. Sports Physical Therapy; and co-author of Men’s Health Best Sports Injuries Handbook
Dr. Wright is the creator of a unique medical program specifically designed to target the fitness and performance needs of mature athletes. In "Fitness After 40," she shows readers how to use flexibility, aerobic exercise, and strength training to maximize the benefits of their fitness regime.
It’s one of the undeniable facts of life. After we reach a certain age, our bodies change. No matter how fit we may have been at 20, we’re very different people after 40. But growing older doesn’t have to diminish our fitness level. The good news is that not only can we retain the vigor of our youth, we can actually perform as well, if not better, than ever. Dr. Vonda Wright is the creator of a unique medical program specifically designed to target the fitness and performance needs of mature athletes. In Fitness After 40, she shows readers how to use flexibility, aerobic exercise, and strength training to maximize the benefits of their fitness regime. By following her proven program, anyone can learn to:
understand their bodies and approach exercise and injury in a new way • make the most of their exercise routine during a busy week • hydrate and understand how to eat right • avoid injury to rotator cuffs, lower back, knees, and legs • maximize stretching, running, and weight training
Complete with a nutrition plan and an exercise program for older athletes, Fitness After 40 will help everyone regain the energy of their youth and look and feel better than ever.
About the Author
Vonda Wright, MD, (Pittsburgh, PA)is an orthopedic surgeon, speaker, author and researcher. Currently practicing at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), she specializes in sports medicine and is the Director of P.R.I.M.A: the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes. She is a regular contributor to Geezer Jock , Arthritis Today, and has appeared on CNN, ABC TV News, and in Newsweek and USA Today.
Ruth Winter is the author of several books on health including the bestsellers, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives and A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmedic Ingredients.
Table of Contents
C O N T E N T S
Foreword by Nolan Ryan, xv
1 Healthy, Vital, Active, Joyful . . . You, 1
2 The New You! You Are Not Merely a Bad Sequel to
Your 20-Year-Old Self, 9
3 F.A.C.E. Your Future of Active Aging, 35
4 F.A.C.E. Your Future Through F—Flexibility, 43
5 F.A.C.E. Your Future Through A—Aerobic Exercise, 65
6 F.A.C.E. Your Future by C—Carrying a Load, 93
7 F.A.C.E. Your Future by Keeping Your E—Equilibrium/
8 Wear, Tear, Repair, 135
9 Healing with Steel, 161
10 It’s a Waistline, Not a Wasteline: The Fuel and
Fluid of Peak Performance, 171
11 “In the Mouth of the Wolf”: Creating Your
Mental Edge, 201
12 When the Shoe Fits, Wear It, 211
13 How to Choose a Gym and Personal Trainer, 219
14 Onward! Putting a Plan Together, 227
Further Resources, 243
Selected References, 253
About the Authors, 269
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