Stretching for Beginners
November 25th, 2019 by diane92345

If you want to have a more active and pain-free life even though you hate exercise and sit down all day at work (like me so no judging here), you need to read Stretching for Beginners.

The book is filled with sixty-seven easy stretching exercises with easy-to-follow colorful illustrations and instructions targeted at individual areas of the body. Each exercise has sections explaining what the exercise is good for, hints to follow, and how to level up the stretch when you become acclimatized to the basic level. At the back of the book, there are routines of exercises focused on everyday stretches, stretches for aches and pains, and stretches to strengthen the ability to play specific sports. My favorite routine is the 10-15 minute office stretches, which is perfect for a single break time. No laying on the dirty office carpeting. Everything is done standing up. There are only five stretches, which even the couch potato inside of me can commit to. Kudos to the authors for calling “Driving” a sport. I’m an athlete and I didn’t even know it!

Overall, if you aren’t active Stretching for Beginners is a good starting point for a New Year’s Resolution. The speed and simplicity of the stretches will motivate all but the most unmotivated to continue the program. 5 stars!

Thanks to Rockridge Press and Callisto Publishing for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Strength Band Training
August 2nd, 2019 by diane92345

02Using a simple set of strength bands, Strength Band Training provides exercises for all the major muscle groups. All exercises include pictures. There are also variations and progressions included with every exercise. Some require a chair, an exercise ball or a small foam block to complete.

There is a special section with eighteen older adult exercises. Most are done seated and can be performed while watching television from an upholstered chair. They are intended to strengthen the senior’s body enough to move on to the other exercises in the book. There is also a section for exercising after injury.

Strength Band Training is as effective as weight machines when done correctly. This book is like having your own personal trainer at home 24/7. As a matter of fact, my former trainer used some of these exact same exercises with me using a weight machine at my gym. I have also done some of these exercises during physical therapy after surgery using bands.

It appears that this book is written for personal trainers and physical therapists to use in their work. There is no fluff here. Just a short overview with a picture of the muscles involved precedes the exercises for each muscle group. However, a regular person like me or you can cut out the middleman and become their own personal trainer using this book. Save the time and money for the trainer and even the gym! Get fit by exercising effectively with this excellent book and some inexpensive strength bands. 5 stars!

Thanks to Human Kinetics and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Better Balance for Life
November 22nd, 2018 by diane92345

Balance only turns on when a person is standing. In the modern world of smart phones and Uber, people mostly sit. Without regular practice, balance is lost. Better Balance for Life details easy exercises to be done while also doing daily tasks that will prevent this decline in balance.

With literally no time spent, the exercises in this book will prevent falls both now and in later life. Stand on one foot while brushing your teeth and curve like a rainbow while waiting for an elevator are just two of the imaginative exercises here. The exercises begin simply and get progressively more difficult. Four exercises are added each week. Most of the exercises sound deceptively easy but are somewhat challenging like patting your head and rubbing your stomach. However, all are fun.

Better Balance for Life is an enjoyably way to prevent breaking a hip when older. It would make a great gift for a grandfather or an elderly aunt. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, The Experiment, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Stay Fit for Life
November 7th, 2017 by diane92345

Stay Fit for Life provides quick workouts for older, rehabbing or sedentary adults with little additional equipment required.

With 62 exercises, 20 workout routines, and three levels of fitness programs, Stay Fit for Life covers all aspects of older adult fitness. There are modifications for most to make them easier or more difficult.  Many of the exercises also include a seated option. The pictures clearly show how to correctly perform all the exercises. Best of all the only equipment needed are a set of dumbbells, floor mat, chair and stair step. Most exercises don’t require anything more than some effort.  Each exercise states which of five abilities it will help the user to achieve.  The abilities include improved posture, greater strength, increased stability, better mobility, and more endurance. Many exercises hit more than one of the abilities.

The introduction of Stay Fit for Life includes some motivational facts such as every minute spent exercising after age 39 increases live span by 7 minutes and some frightening ones such as US emergency rooms treat an older adult for a fall every 11 seconds. There is even a quick six exercise self-assessment test to determine the reader’s fitness level prior to beginning a fitness program. The fitness programs each include four weeks of exercise routines with two days of rest each week. Day 1 of the beginner’s program only takes 12.5 minutes so it is hard to use lack of time as an excuse not to start exercising.

Stay Fit for Life is so great that I have already pre-ordered a hardcopy from Amazon. It is highly recommended for anyone who hasn’t exercised in years and wants a cheap, quick and easy way to start. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, DK, and Netgalley for an advanced review copy.  Stay Fit for Life will be published on November 14, 2017.

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