Tired of the same old fitness advice? You know the drill: Eat less, exercise more, and life will be grand. Sounds easy enough, so why don’t the results follow? And most of all, what can you do to achieve your fitness goals?
Fitness Illustrated allows you to see exercise and activity from a whole new perspective. In this one-of-a-kind guide, author Brian Sharkey takes you inside each type of activity to show you what works, what doesn’t, and why! You’ll go beyond the basics to see how your body changes with increased activity. From how muscles gain size and strength to the effect of aerobic activity on heart and lung function, this is fitness as you have never seen it before.
Straightforward explanations, expert advice, and hundreds of full-color illustrations and photographs make FitnessIllustrated your guide to these matters:
• Improving aerobic fitness, strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility
• Shaping and toning your body, including your core
• Coping with various health issues such as arthritis and preventing heart disease
• Managing weight with nutrition and activity
• Preventing and treating injuries, muscle cramps, and joint pain
You’ll also learn to separate fitness fact from fiction, design fitness programs around the activities that you enjoy, and reduce stress and add life to your years.
Whether you want to complete a 5K run, manage your weight, or improve muscle tone and definition, Fitness Illustrated is your personalized map for reaching your fitness goals!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Activity and Fitness: Why Get Fit?
Chapter 2. Understanding Aerobic Fitness: O2 and You
Chapter 3. Aerobic Fitness Training: A Gentle Pastime
Chapter 4. Aerobic Programs: Have It Your Way
Chapter 5. Understanding Muscular Fitness: Strength and Endurance
Chapter 6. Muscular Fitness Training: Shape Yourself
Chapter 7. Muscular Programs: Designed for You
Chapter 8. Nutrition and Weight Control: Eat to Live
Chapter 9. Health Issues and Exercise Tips: Overcoming Hurdles
Chapter 10. Fitness Facts and Fallacies: What’s the Truth?
Chapter 11. Vitality and Longevity: Add Life to Your Years
“Beginners of all ages and fitness levels are sure to appreciate this shallow-end-of-the-pool approach to improving one’s health, whose gentle but comprehensive guidance and instruction will equip them to venture, at their own pace, into the deep end.”
"If you want to get in shape but don't have a clue about how to do it the right way, Fitness Illustrated is the book for you! There’s no need to plow through pages of boring information. Brian Sharkey's easy-to-read descriptions will help you jump into action."
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD -- Author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition
“Do you ever go to the gym and wonder why you are doing a certain workout? With Brian Sharkey's Fitness Illustrated, you will not only get a step-by-step program but also understand why you are performing each exercise.”
Diane O'Donnell -- ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, Health Editor for the Staten Island Advance
ExcerptsCommon fallacies in fitness training
Muscle soreness: causes and treatment
Role of the heart in exercise