Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1001 ways to get in shape

9780756642044H1001 ways to get in shape
Published at DK Canada

About the book

Getting fit can be daunting task, but it doesn’t need to take over your life. 1,001 Ways to Get in Shape gives you loads of little tips that you can work into your normal lifestyle, so you won’t have to find time to sweat it out at the gym every day. This book is not bossy or demanding or hard to maintain as many fitness regimes can be. The emphasis is on fun, and it contains an eclectic mix of ideas from everyday situations such as brushing teeth to avoiding the urge to snack or using a pedometer to track your activity level.

My Thoughts

The title was intriguing as I want to get in better shape this year.   It’s a slow process for me I will be honest.   I don’t particularly like keeping track of the food that comes in my mouth but at the same time I know it is necessary in order for me to eat healthy.  *sigh*   I also need to do more exercises but there are days where I just don’t know how I will incorporate them in my life.     I had a great plan to do at least three times a week of exercises with the Wii.   If I can do one it’s fabulous.    So when I saw this title I was interested because I thought it would have emphasis on exercising.

Boy was I wrong…    First of all the book is divided into six main themes:

  • Think Yourself in shape: great expectations, keep it real, pleasure not pain, food is your friend, stay happy, stay slim, motivation matters, and master your cravings.
  • Healthy at home: wake up well, hearty breakfast, housework workout, reshape your home, your home gym, lean pantry, grow your own, shopping circuit, reshape your shop, cooking from scratch, kitchen workout, around the table, reshape your wardrobe, night in the bathroom, detox your body, sleep into shape.
  • Workout in your work life: active at your desk, snack while you work, take a break, fitting it in, lean lunchboxes, eating out, eating well, an active lunchtime, active afternoon brain, energizing after work.
  • Active and outdoors:  get fit going to work, run to school, walking tall, get on your bike, venturing further afield.
  • Have fun getting fit: turn off the tv, healthy entertaining, dancing into shape, sweat-free reshaping, get active outdoors, self-powered sports, coastal fun, cool camping trips, involve your community
  • Family Health Fix:  post-natal reshaping, outdoors with a baby, life with lively toddlers, winding down, switching off, active indoors, children outdoors, kids outside alone, reluctant teammates, the young gourmet, fussy eating, eating together, and lively children’s parties.

This book is definitively not for physical exercising only.  You will find plenty of tips and tricks on how to eat healthy, how to stretch while working, how to be wise in the consumption of food, how to keep your mental healthy, how to take breaks, how to energize yourself in various ways and how to stay emotionally healthy.  There is definitively something for everyone in here.  Though I am not a big fan of yoga you will find some exercises there based on yoga.  My son even found a stretch that helped him quite a bit when he was working on comics during January.  He would be standing for quite some time organizing the comics for a sale we had in February.   Once when he picked up this book he found a stretch to help him with the pain he had at the neck level.  He told me it was a great exercise to do to remove the tension that was accumulating there.

We love camping and there is a fun section for camping there.   I will admit that we have an RV and not a tent but still there are things we could apply for our family as well.   For example, some camping essentials they are strongly recommending are fresh chiles and lemons, garlic, drieds herbes de Provence, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, wine or cider for cooking.   Mmm!   My tastebuds wakes up when I see balsamic vinegar and cider for cooking.  Never really thought of bringing these at camping.   Changes are coming for 2013!

I don’t necessarily agree with all the suggested items in this book but there are plenty that are interesting and worth discovering.   I love the fact that the book cover a multitude of possibilities in helping you have a better healthy life – physically, emotionally, mentally and food related too!

So if you are still looking for a book to encourage you and help you find new ways to get healthier this year, I suggest that you consider 1001 ways to get in shape.

1001 ways to get in shape is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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