Boomercise: Exercising as You Age

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Boomercise: Exercising as You Age guides men and women of the Boomer generation in establishing safe and sensible wellness programs that are suited for their individual needs. Achieving a positive body image, improving nutrition, avoiding injury, and setting realistic exercise goals are just a few topics presented in this book that is designed to help Boomers achieve and maintain a better quality of life as they age. This book provides basic fitness concepts, exposes myths and fallacies about exercise and lifestyle, and offers helpful tips for constructing a sensible, personalized program. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or just starting out, this book can help you become a healthier, happier Boomer.

“Exercise is a requirement, an essential part of your life. Its absence from your everyday ‘to do’ lists ultimately deprives you of an optimally healthy existence. You can live without it, but life is infinitely improved with it. The situation is as straightforward and simple as that. And that's precisely what this book is all about.” —David Pargman

CONTENTS

 

Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  vii

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  xi

Chapter Summaries and Book Outline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       xv

Chapter 1:Why Exercise Is Important for Boomers . . . . . . . .                   1

Chapter 2: Exercise, Wellness, Health, and Illness. . . . . . . . .                 37

Chapter 3: Eating Right and Feeling Good:

Nutritional Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        55

Chapter 4: Psychological Benefits of Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . . .            79

Chapter 5: Avoiding Exercise Injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            103

Chapter 6: Exercise and Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      123

Chapter 7: Staying with the Program: Not Quitting . . . . . .                  147

Chapter 8: Setting Exercise Goals:

Establishing the Physical Activity Plan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            167

Chapter 9: Choosing the Right Exercises for You . . . . . . . .             181

Epilogue: Final Food for Thought. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       209

Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Boomercise: Exercising as You Age can help you…to gain more energy, improve your health, and develop strength to do some of the ‘simple things’ in life that can be so rewarding. Boomercise doesn’t just tell you how to find those joys that come with exercise and nutrition, it shows you. There is truly something in here for everyone.”

—From the foreword by Kim Lyons, former trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser

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Boomercise represents a powerful approach to exercise that is easy to use and scientific. The information in this book will help the reader understand why they should be active and how to implement the fitness strategies in a practical manner.”

Z Altug , PT, MS
Licensed Physical Therapist
Co-author of The Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription