Synopses & Reviews
Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. While it's true that we live in an age when we're as obsessed with our bodies as we are with celebrity hairstyles, the reality is that most of us know very little about what chugs, churns, and thumps throughout this miraculous, scientific, and artistic system of anatomy. Yes, you've owned your skin-covered shell for decades, but you probably know more about your cell-phone plan than you do about your own body. When it comes to your longevity and quality of life, understanding your internal systems gives you the power, authority, and ability to live a healthier, younger, and better life.
You: The Owner's Manual challenges your preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, then takes you on a tour through all of the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of you. After taking a quiz that tests your body of knowledge, you'll learn about all of your blood-pumping, food-digesting, and keys-remembering systems and organs.
Just as important, you'll get the facts and advice you need to keep your body running long and strong. You'll find out how diseases start and how they affect your body as well as advice on how to prevent and beat conditions that threaten your quality of life. Complete with exercise tips, nutritional guidelines, simple lifestyle changes, and alternative approaches, You: The Owner's Manual gives you an easy, comprehensive, and life-changing how-to plan for fending off the gremlins of aging. To top it off, you'll also get the great-tasting and calorie-saving Owner's Manual Diet a thirty-recipe eating plan that's designed with only one goal in mind: to help you live a younger life.
Welcome to your body. Why don't you come on in and take a look around?
"Anti-aging guru Roizen and celebrated heart surgeon Oz combine their popular approaches to patient-centered care in this assessment of how much, or more to the point, how little, readers know about their bodies. After taking the quizzes in the book, readers may feel shocked by their ignorance of basic anatomy and the processes required to maintain physical and mental functioning. Each chapter focuses on a body part or system (heart, brain, digestive, reproductive, etc.) and discusses diseases associated with it; genetic and lifestyle influences on its aging process; and foods, supplements and habits that can prevent or reverse related illnesses. The book has an entertaining feel: friendly elves guide readers through illustrations of the body and cartoons feature alien creatures that enter the body and cause illness. The humor is irreverent (e.g., muscle cells surrounding dead heart tissue 'start fighting with each other, like Jerry Springer's guests, instead of supporting each other, like Oprah's' [incidentally, the authors will appear on Oprah in May to promote the book]). Despite a 10-day, 30-recipe food plan and a less-is-more exercise regime, however, readers may have trouble using the information to create a lifestyle that will fulfill the authors' promise of weight loss, disease prevention and longevity. Even the recipes target one specific area of the body and weaken the overall conceptual framework. This lighthearted book will be most useful to those who like their health lessons served with a side of humor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Joe DeSena is the real deal. His stories are believable, because his achievements and accomplishments are genuine. In Spartan Up!
Joe delivers his message with the insight and candor that only an individual who has lived through such experiences can. A must read for anyone looking to take his performance to the next level, be it in athletics or in life." and#8211; Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author of Ultra Marathon Man
"Have you ever wanted to be more, been stuck in a funk or simply wanted make life poignant? Look no further because Spartan Up!
is your catalyst. Loaded with real life inspiration and lessons, Joe De Sena uses his supercharged success in life, business and sports to deliver the nuggets. This is an easy and juicy read; succinct, powerful and relevant." and#8211; Ian Adamson, world champion adventure racer and author of The Runnerand#8217;s World Guide to Adventure Racing
"If there's anyone out there who has taken extreme to a new level, its Joe De Sena and#8211; in adventure racing, in business, and ultimately in the business of adventure!and#12288; Spartan Up!
is must-read." and#12288;and#8211;Robyn Benincasa, world champion adventure racer and New York Times bestselling author of How Winning Works
"Joe De Sena is the real dealand#12288;in endurance sports and Obstacle Racing. Spartan Up!
will guide you to train your body and mind for the arduous Spartan Race - while also giving you very practical insights to perform at your peak in all areas of your life." and#8211; Mark Divine, founder, SEALFIT and author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind
"Two words describe Joe De Sena and Spartan Up!
.... Game Changer! Read this book and you will dramatically transform the way you think, lead, work, and live. This is the ultimate resource for personal and professional transformation. Spartan Up
gives you an actionable blueprint to go beyond just adapting and surviving to excelling and thriving. If success is your goal, whether you're a Navy SEAL, Wall Street Exec, homemaker, teacher or doctor, you need this book.
" -- John Brubaker, world renowned performance consultant and author of The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The Locker Room To The Board Room
From Dr. Oz, the co-author of Eat to Live, and Dr. Roizen, author of The RealAge Makeover, comes a fun, informative and preventative health book like no other.
Twenty-six point two miles isnand#8217;t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out first in his own life and now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.
Now in Spartan Up! De Sena gives you a life strategy guide that takes you out of your comfort zone and into a combat zone. As he breaks down obstacles from his many races, detailing how each parallels real life experiences, you will learn how to:
and#160;and#8226; conquer your greatest obstacleand#8212;your will
and#8226; embrace your greatest friendand#8212;discipline
and#8226; make limitations vanish and establish a new normal
and#8226; achieve the ultimate: obstacle immunity
Other events breed sheep; Spartan Race breeds wolves. Filled with unforgettable stories of Spartan racers as well as hard-won truths learned along the course, Spartan Up! will help anyone reach their full potentialand#8212;in life, business, relationships, indeed anything one sets out to do. It is the blueprint that takes you right past Go to your finish line.
About the Author
JOE DE SENAandnbsp;isandnbsp;owner of the Spartan Race,andnbsp;as well asandnbsp;a legend in endurance and adventure racing circlesandmdash;he completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, raced the 140.6 miles of Lake Placid Ironman, and finished a 100-mile trail run in Vermont, all within one week. He lives in Vermont.
Table of Contents
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Prologue: Thirty Below and Nowhere to Goand#8195;xiii
1.and#160;From Here to Insanityand#8195;1
2.and#160;Confronting the Greatest Obstacle: Your Willand#8195;25
3.and#160;Overcoming Obstacles, Tossing Your Cookiesand#8195;44
4.and#160;Changing Your Frame of Referenceand#8195;66
5.and#160;Getting Spartan Fitand#8195;79
6.and#160;Change Your Diet, Change Your Lifeand#8195;97
7.and#160;Moving Past Mountainsand#8195;119
8.and#160;Making Your Limits Vanishand#8195;139
9.and#160;Transformance: Forging New Bondsand#8195;153
10.and#160;The Finish Line: Becoming Spartanand#8195;172