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Fit Over 40 for Dummies (For Dummies)by Betsy Mccormack
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Tired of feeling tired all the time? Do you find yourself thinking wistfully of the days when your belt-size was less than your age...your dress size less than your kid’s last birthday? Remember when the only spare tire you had to worry about was the one in your trunk? Do you find yourself gasping for breath at the top of the basement stairs? If any of this sounds familiar, then you’re ready for an over 40 fitness plan. And Fit Over 40 For Dummies is the place to start.
Your complete guide to being fit and fabulous over 40, it shows you step-by-step how to set up a personalized fitness routine and stick to it, no matter what your age, weight, or athletic ability. Packed with practical know-how and inspiring anecdotes it shows you how to:
Combing her own experiences with the latest scientific research, retired women’s tennis pro, Betsy Nagelsen McCormack explores what it takes to be fit over forty. And, step-by-step, she shows you how to:
Stop thinking about how great it would be to feel twenty-five again and do something about it. Fit Over 40 For Dummies helps you get on the road to health and well-being.
Readers will find there's truth to the saying "you look as good as you feel", as this hands-on guide explores the mental and emotional benefits of exerciseand fitness after 40. Photos & illustrations.
"This book is a must read for anyone beginning or continuing an excercise program " —J. Richard Steadman, M.D.—Steadman Hawkins Clinic "Betsy Nagelsen is one of the fittest people I know. When I'm in my 40's, I will be glad to have this book." —Monica Seles "Few players on the women's professional tennis tour were fitter than Betsy, and I'm pleased that she has decided to share her fitness knowledge." —Mary Joe Fernandez — recently retired WTA player and ESPN tennis analyst
Discover the secret to being fit and fabulous over 40!
Get motivated and get in shape at any age! If you're reading this, you're probably thinking about starting a fitness program. This friendly guide can help. Packed with practical know-how and inspiring anecdotes, it shows you step-by-step how to set up a personalized fitness routine and stick to it, no matter what your age, weight, or athletic ability.
Discover how to: Assess your fitness level Integrate exercise into your daily routine Prevent and work around common injuries and ailments Rebound from life-changing events with exercise Explore sports, outdoor activities, and more
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About the Author
Betsy Nagelsen McCormack has won three U.S. Open Women's Masters Doubles titles as well as the Wimbledon 35 and Over Ladies' Invitation Doubles crown. Mike Yorkey is a veteran writer and editor.
Table of Contents
PART I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: So, You Want to Get Fit.
Chapter 2: Oh, My Aching Bones: What Happens When the Body Ages.
Chapter 3: Finding Out How Fit You Are Now.
Chapter 4: The Lifetime Benefits of Being Physically Fit.
Chapter 5: Eating for Fitness and Health.
PART II: Exploring Your Options.
Chapter 6: The Big Three: Aerobic, Anaerobic, and Stretching Exercises.
Chapter 7: The Skinny on Exercise Machines.
Chapter 8: Exploring the Gym Jungle.
Chapter 9: Staying Fit at Work.
Chapter 10: Home Sweet Gym: Buying Exercise Equipment.
PART III: Exercising for Life.
Chapter 11: First Things First: Getting a Good Night's Sleep.
Chapter 12: Gearing Up: Exercise Clothing.
Chapter 13: Finding Shoes for a Foot Over 40.
Chapter 14: Getting Ready to Work Out: Warm-up Exercises.
Chapter 15: Stretching: The Overlooked Foundation of Fitness.
Chapter 16: Working Your Upper Body.
Chapter 17: Working Your Legs and Lower Torso.
Chapter 18: Oh, the Pain: Avoiding Injuries.
Chapter 19: Keeping Your Cool: Drinking Fluids and Slowing Down.
PART IV: Expanding Your Repertoire.
Chapter 20: How Your Favorite Sports and Activities Fit into Your Fitness Program.
Chapter 21: Not Talking 'bout My Generation: New Fitness Activities.
Chapter 22: Unique Ways to Work Out.
Chapter 23: Massage: A Healthy Indulgence.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten Great Things That Exercise Can Do for You.
Chapter 25: Ten Great Quotes about Exercise.
Chapter 26: Ten Extreme — and Not-So-Extreme — Sports to Try.
Chapter 27: Ten Popular Magazines — and Some Great Web Sites, Too.
Chapter 28: Ten Great Motivating Movies.
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