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1 03, 2014

Review: The Big Picture by Tony Horton

By | March 1st, 2014|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments


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Tony Horton is the creator of the bestselling workout program P90X (please remember this), and he writes about 11 lifestyle rules that will change your life in his book, The Big Picture. These lifestyle changes are to be applied to your work, personal life, or any situation that requires rising to a challenge. These change center around theories like being the best, finding your purpose, planning, allowing freedom, finding balance and staying flexible in your approach to life.

There are sections included in the book with advice from other experts (such as celebs and CEOs), information on Tony’s personal life, and information on his diet and fitness regimen (P90X). All are menat to help the reader regain balance for a better life. The book focuses heavily on bringing all life lessons back around to his diet and fitness

5 10, 2013

Review: Is It Just Me or Are Sit-Ups a Waste of Time? by Graeme Hilditch

By | October 5th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


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Finally! Is It Just Me or Are Sit-Ups a Waste of Time? is a book that puts to rest the major myths about working out and offers real guidance on what we should all be doing to live healthier and more physically active lives. Graeme Hilditch is a top personal trainer in the UK who effortlessly debunks what we all think we know about the do’s and don’ts of exercising. He will anyone into an expert by the end of the book. And no, sit-ups are not as beneficial as most of us have been taught, and may be a colossal waste of time for anyone interested in developing abdominal muscles (he does offer alternatives that work better in the short and long run for obtaining that elusive six-pack).

The book offers advice on better exercise routines for maximum results,

20 02, 2013

Review: The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan by Jessica Smith & Liz Neporent

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


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The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan is for anyone interested in starting an exercise plan with only 10 minutes to spare. The authors are convinced that the plan works and they offer ideas for busy people who have the best intentions but don’t know where to start. Jessica Smith is a certified personal trainer and Liz Neporent was a mother looking to lose excess pounds after having a baby. They both came to the same conclusion that weight loss needs to be fitted into a person’s routine and has to be an everyday part of our lives – not as a chore to scratch at daily. They developed a program that allows one to start exercising with just 10 minutes a day using focused exercise and if the plan is kept up, it can produce real

18 11, 2012

Review: Feel Younger – Now! by Donald McGrath

By | November 18th, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Donald McGrath, author of Feel Younger – Now!, discusses how poor nutrition and lack of exercise will age a person and become negative factors in a person’s life. Of course, we already know all about this mantra – eat right and get fit – and this book is not too different from many other books available on the topic.

McGrath promotes seven habits to better health and encourages the reader to make lifestyle changes for better living. Some of these habits are: play, sleep, exercise regularly and vigorously, eat good foods in proper amounts, and make a habit of developing better life habits.

Feel Younger – Now! has helpful tips that can give the reader a new perspective on being healthy overall. It offers “take away” advice, charts and tables on health related issues, bonus cut outs and

24 03, 2012

Review: From Fat to Fit by Carole Carson

By | March 24th, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

From Fat to Fit follows the author, Carole Carson, on her weight loss journey. The book reviews the psychological and physiological benefits of following a weight loss program. This program itself is structured to allow the dieter to stick with it and effectuate a life-style change.

Carson encourages readers to find a weight loss plan that they can stick to on their own. There are progress reports for each week, ideas for weekly exercises, and advice on how to find spiritual guidance. Carson also shares tips on curtailing the self-indulgences that leads to weight gain.

Carson participated in Meltdown, which was a fitness program intended to be free for the participants. She had team promoters and support staff to manage and launch events in Nevada. The Meltdown featured organized teams with rules, leadership, free passes to fitness clubs, and

23 02, 2012

Review: The Smarter Science of Slim by Jonathan Bailor

By | February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Smarter Science of Slim by Jonathan Bailor provides an explanation for anyone wondering why they gain weight or why they can’t lose it quickly. The book covers different foods and why they are good or bad for us, such as the inSANE foods (processed foods and sugars) that should be avoided and the SANE foods that include any foods that can be hunted or gathered (meat and certain veggies). Bailor also includes interesting facts that were news to me, such as the fact that long term weight loss comes from unclogging our fat metabolic system.

I though I had read everything there was in the area of exercise. However, The Smarter Science of Slim has surprisingly interesting suggestions for exercising. For example, the book offers diagrams for floor and weight exercise routines and gives instructions for maximizing

9 12, 2011

Review: The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais

By | December 9th, 2011|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Christen Krumm

The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a book on running. No, seriously. I know what you are thinking. How interesting could a book on running really be? Especially one geared towards non-runners (non-runners running is somewhat of an oxymoron)? I am here to report that this book was exceptionally good. I honestly could not put it down!

I have wanted to run a 5K (yes, only a 5K) for quite a while now. I figured it could not hurt to read this book (after all running is running, right?) Reading this book has almost inspired me to run a full marathon – almost (not sure if I am that crazy just yet). Dawn Dais’ book tells of her real life marathon training experience going from a self proclaimed couch potato to an all out full marathon runner.

26 11, 2011

Review: The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood

By | November 26th, 2011|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

Biking in Foothill Ranch, California, Anne Hjelle is attacked by a mountain lion. She survives the attack. JAT Flight 364 explodes in the air over Czechoslovakia. The only survivor is Vesna Vulovic, a flight attendant, who plummets 6 miles to the ground and lives. Brian Udell is forced to eject from his plane going faster than Mach 1 at sea level. The impact breaks both his legs and severely dislocates one shoulder, rendering that arm useless. Despite having only one working limb, Udell manages to inflate a raft, climb aboard, and wait to be rescued. In the Gulf of Mexico, Tim Sears falls off of the cruise ship Celebration wearing nothing more than his boxer shorts, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt. Without any floatation devices and without anyone coming to his rescue (the ship’s crew never knew

11 04, 2011

Review: The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone

By | April 11th, 2011|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick is what I think of as a cross of common sense and self help. It’s aimed at people who would like to avoid modern medicine and believe that they can cure themselves using natural medicines. While some of the book is common sense, I did get some interesting historical backgrounds on why some natural medicine “secrets” supposedly work, how the “secrets” came about, and the well-known people that used these methods and got positive results.

I understand the reasoning behind using each method, but I feel like some readers may erroneously believe  that these methods are guarenteed to work. Moreover, following each and every method is nearly impossible for the majority of the population. Despite the lack of a guarantees, I did find

8 08, 2010

Giveaway: Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

By | August 8th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |90 Comments


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