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Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life

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A book by Shawn Phillips

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Author: Shawn Phillips
Publisher: Ballantine Books
1 review about Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for...

Body Maintenance

  • Jan 1, 2009
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Overall, I gave the book a good rating. The vitamin nutrition
description of Omega 3 and Vitamin D is a bit skimpy.
In addition, Vitamin D may be taken with calcium carbonate.
The antioxidant regimen of Vitamins ACES is another aspect
of daily health maintenance. ( Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium)

A high quality refrigerated acidophilus may be helpful for the
gastro-intestinal tract. I find that juicing is extremely
helpful to satisfy the requisite 5-7 fruits/vegetables
required daily.

Sugar control is another condition precedent for lessening
the effects of pre-diabetic and diabetic states. For most
Americans, sugar control is a significant issue due to the
high content in sodas, cakes etc. Childhood diabetes and
pre-diabetic states are a new phenomenon for the current
generation of young people. There are good substitutes
for sugar; such as stevia and herbs like anise or cinnamon.
Good sugar control is another important aspect to maximize
the benefit of exercise and life style adjustments.

Unfortunately, many schools have cut out the required
physical gymnastics due to budgetary considerations.
I went to primary and secondary schools which had a formal
gymnastics program of basic calisthenics, basketball,
track and contact sports.

A complete exercise regimen would be optimal for non-smokers.
My experience with athletes shows that smoking interferes
with an athlete achieving maximum potential. Smokers tend
to get more tired as opposed to non-smokers.

Nonetheless, the author did a good job of presenting the
mind/body connection which few health books cover.
The exercises are carefully described with many pertinent
pictures depicting comparative exercise forms. A series of
nutritional meals are presented in order to integrate the
exercises into the eating regimen. The author points out that
people should eat to live and not the converse.

The exercise routine should have alternating periods of
workouts and rest days. This is an important aspect in order
to maximize the benefit for the athlete. The author shows
readers how to journalize their progress. This is a critical
feature of the book. The weight training regimen
is tailored for maximum effectiveness without unduly
stressing the muscles or musculoskeletal framework.

In summary, the book would be a good purchase for readers
who plan to integrate exercise into the daily regimen.
I believe that the author's regimen would be helpful in
school gym classes , corporate sponsored gym programs,
home-based programs and exercise franchises.

Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

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