Synopses & Reviews
When it comes to health and fitness, there's a big difference between commitment and interest. When interested exercisers who like to run wake up and find it is raining outside, they lie back down and say to themselves, “I think Ill exercise tomorrow.” Committed exercisers get out of bed and say to themselves, “I think Ill exercise inside today.” They keep their commitment to their commitment.
In this book, bestselling author Ken Blanchard, teams up with successful health and fitness coach Tim Kearin to inspire others to move from an interest in fitness to a commitment to fitness. Ken shares the very personal story of his own ups and downs as he struggled to commit to a fitness program, while Tim gives professional health advice and training wisdom. They emphasize that you cant do it alone—if you cant hire a trainer they explain how you can create an informal team to keep yourself on track. And Ken shows that you can apply the same techniques he has used to strengthen leadership in organizations to lead yourself to establishing new positive habits and lasting, improved health.
If youre like a lot of us, for years youve been making resolutions and promises about becoming physically fit. Despite all your good intentions, though, somehow it never quite goes according to plan. But you can break that cycle.
In Fit at Last, bestselling business author Ken Blanchard and fitness authority Tim Kearin show how Ken, at age seventy-three, finally was able to make lasting improvements in his health and fitness, including dropping over thirty pounds in a year. In each chapter, Ken shares the very personal story of his ups and downs—involving, among other things, a puppy, a Hawaiian tour bus full of widows, and a fifty-year college reunion—while Tim offers expert advice and wisdom gained from over forty years in the fitness industry.
Following through on your efforts to get fit requires leadership—personal leadership. Early on, Ken realized the same concepts hed been using for years to help people lead organizations also could help him stick to his program. Here, youll learn how Ken and Tim applied the Situational Leadership II approach to set SMART goals, diagnose Kens progress in each of the six core areas of fitness, and match them with the leadership styles necessary to get Ken to the next level in each area.
Certainly there is a wealth of excellent fitness advice here—but ultimately, this is a book about commitment. People dont fail because they dont know what to do—they fail because they just dont do it. Using the tools in this book, youll be able to move from simply being interested in fitness to making a lasting commitment—one that will add a spring to your step, a smile to your face, and years to your life.
About the Author
Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and currently the Chief Spiritual Officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, and is a sought-after speaker, business consultant, and bestselling author. He is one of the most influential experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.
Tim Kearin has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the United States Military Academy, and as Director of Preventive Medicine at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. In 1987 he founded Personally Fit, Inc., a fitness and physical therapy business. He sold the company in 2006 and since 2009 has been a business consultant for Spine Zone.
Table of Contents
1: A Joint Commitment
2: The Launching Pad
3: Getting Started: The First Quarter
4: Dealing with Adversity: The Second Quarter
5: Heading into the Summer: The Third Quarter
6: The Home Stretch: The Fourth Quarter
Appendix I: Pearls of Wisdom from the Experts
Appendix II: Understanding Exercise and Fitness: The Toolbox