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Strong Women Stay Young: Revised Edition [Paperback]

Miriam Nelson , Sarah Wernick Ph.D.
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April 4 2000
Turn back the clock in just two at-home sessions per week!

This scientifically proven strength-training program:

Replaces fat with muscle
Reverses bone loss
Improves energy and balanceRevised--new streamlined program!

The scientifically proven strength-training program that turns back the clock for women aged 35 and up--from the famed research labs of Tufts University

Miriam E. Nelson's research created worldwide news when the results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. After a year of strength training twice a week, women's bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. They had less fat and more muscle; bone loss was prevented or reversed; their strength and energy increased dramatically; and they showed surprising gains in balance and flexibility. No other program--whether diet, medication, or aerobic exercise--has ever achieved comparable results.

Strong Women Stay Young shows how any woman can achieve the same benefits at home, in a program tailored to her individual needs. A bestseller in its first edition, it has now been revised to be even easier to use. It features eight streamlined exercises with fully illustrated instructions; new supplemental moves for the back, abs, and more; a complete program to do at the gym; plus an all-new chapter for men. Significant improvements are seen after just four weeks.

Filled with inspiring quotes from women aged 35 to 92 who transformed their lives with this program, Strong Women Stay Young provides the information and motivation to make a real difference in women's lifelong health.



Now revised, this new edition will include:

A streamlined program for new readers
New state-of-the-art scientific information
New options and more than a dozen supplemental exercises for expanding and individualizing the program
Some information for men interested in this dynamic program

All the original reader-friendly aspects remain.  STRONG WOMEN STAY YOUNG is fully illustrated, and the step-by-step instructions are accessible and clear. Inspiring stories of women of all ages who transformed their lives with strength training are sprinkled throughout. Strong women do stay young--and reverse bone loss, increase energy, improve
balance and flexibility--and this is the book to tell them how. -->

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The sad truth of all exercise programs is that you have to follow them to get results. This one is no different, but its well-designed, progressive strength-training promises the fountain of youth in two 40-minute sessions a week. An extravagant claim? Yes. But many women, especially those between age 40 and 80, can achieve certain measures of youth: denser bones, better balance and flexibility, more strength and energy than women years younger. The guidelines in Strong Women Stay Young are backed with solid--though small--studies and thorough explanations of how aging changes your body. Authors Miriam E. Nelson and Sarah Wernick include clear charts, instructions, and exercise illustrations featuring women who carry extra pounds and years gracefully. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Studies have shown that weight-bearing exercise improves bone density, crucial to preventing osteoporosis in women. Nelson's research at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, the results of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proves that strength training also improves balance, increases energy, and helps to control weight, especially when used in conjunction with regular aerobic activity. This book presents a program for strength training based on a graduated schedule of weight-lifting exercises. The exercises can be done either with free weights or on a weight-lifting machine. In addition, Nelson provides suggestions for maintaining one's motivation and finding the time for exercise. Well done and easy to follow, this would be a useful purchase for public and health libraries.?Susan Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational, life changing read June 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Before I read this book I was a 92 year old, sedentary female with ostioporosis. i could not lift up grocery bags, i had a great deal of trouble climbing stairs and i used a walker. when an old friend suggested i read this book, i was skeptical. i was a old woman, and if i tried lifting wheights my bones would break. But I ended up reading it anyway. i started with lifting half puond wheights and followed miriams exercises. after about a month, i was doing five pounds and also was useing ankle wheights. after staying with the exersises for about three months i started feeling alot more spry, and i foung myself doing things i hadn't done for years like climbing stairs with ease and going for walks. its been two years now since i started the exersises, and i am in great shape. i have regained alot of muscle and my bones are stronger. ive thrown away my walker and i have much better balance. this book has changed my life and the way i live. i can now play with my grandchildren and ive even started going for jogs. I may still be in my ninties, but i feel like im twenty again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Works May 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I started Nelson's program last July and now, almost one year later, i am still following the program with great results. I am 42 and have not followed a regular exercise program for more than a few months since high school. I am always skeptical of the latest fad, but this is not a fad! This book is a must read for anyone older than 40. Learning that you systematically lose muscle mass from age 40 on should be inspiration enough to start strength training. Another bonus from following the program: my young daughter tells people that her mommy is strong. Isn't that the image you want to portray for your kids? I am fully persuaded, too, by Nelson's argument that once you start strength training that it is an upward spiral. That is, aerobic activities become fun again (because you have strong muscles to use, not flabby ones to strain).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woefully Inadequate April 23 2000
Format:Paperback
I am a gym owner and have been in the fitness industry for 22 years. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a senior Coach with USA Weightlifting. My clientele consists of the broadest possible range of people, from high school athletes to the frail elderly, and I have a wide base of experience in dealing with people of all levels of ability. While the theoretical background and supporting research detailed in this book is adequate, the actual programs suggested as an application of the concepts are ridiculously easy, utilize ineffective exercises, and in my opinion are a waste of time. For instance, on page 145 of the paperback edition, the author recommends a load of 5 lbs. for "leg exercises" for a person beginning at the "advanced" level. I cannot express sufficiently my disagreement with this absurdly conservative approach. After stating in the blurbs and in the text of the book that insufficient intensity is the problem with most exercise programs, she gives us one of incredibly insufficient intensity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid exercises, but . . . Aug. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The exercises in this book are solid and well-presented, but the writing is irritating! Maybe it's because the book was originally written two-decades ago, but I feel like I'm reading my mother or grandmother's self-help book!
There are way too many testimonials from vapid women who care far too deeply about other people noticing how they look ("people want to know my secret!" one woman gushes), or are pleased that because of weight training they went down to a size 6 (should any woman over 30 be a size 6?) or whatever. Stop telling me how good I'll look in a tank top or shorts, stop telling me to be careful and put all my equipment away (yes, Mommy), and start speaking to readers like contemporary adults rather than 1950s housewives, please!
Still, I like the exercises themselves quite a bit. I may just photocopy out the pages that give the details of same and get rid of the rest of the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sense Aug. 22 2009
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended to me by my sister and I thought it made good sense especially as she mentionmed Fibromyalgia, which I have. The best price by far was on Amazon and shipping cost was reasonable too.
The book IS good sense, easy to do and follow the exercises at home, nothing down on the floor, which I cannot do. And you can buy the hand/ankle weights as you progress, no major investment.
Very interesting that even at 80 and 90 years of age you can increase muscle size and strength. An excellent book for people with limitations who want to get in shape and for everyone else too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good info for all women April 14 2003
By Amyred
Format:Paperback
Dr. Nelson shows all women how we can keep fit and not fall victim to the latest "fad." The program does require some equipment, the most difficult to find being the 20 pound adjustable weight ankle cuffs which you work up to. (mine are on 10 pounds, BTW.) NEVER walk around with any kind of ankle weights, it tears the cartilage in your knees.
This has NOT been on Oprah, it is NOT the "workout du jour," it's a simple, effective workout program for women of all ages and strengths. She has the research to back her up--this lady knows her stuff. You will not be "ripped" like someone with the World Wrestling Federation!
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I'm an out-of-condition, fiftyish female who does not want HRT but needs to do something to maintain bone density, strength, etc. I got this book after reading Jane Brody's positive discussion of it in the New York Times. I've been doing the exercises for about a month now and am beginning to see the results predicted by the author. I feel more active, grocery bags are easier to carry, and I'm seeing definition in my arms and legs.

The program may seem too basic for some people (as several earlier reviewers have said), but for me that's one of its good points. It's not designed to be fancy, but to be non-intimidating to people who equate strength training with going to the gym and getting buff on exercise machines. These exercises can be done at home, with a minimum of equipment and a maximum of reassurance by the authors. With any exercise program, the big problem is getting people to commit. If a simple program make it easier to do this than fancier, more challenging programs, then go with the simple. Nothing says you can't go beyond the basics when you get comfortable with them and the authors suggest how to do this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman over 40 should read this book.
A well written, very motivational book which encourages women to take control of their health and physical fitness, with detailed directions on how to do just that. Read more
Published on June 15 2002 by Wanda S. Loyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book
After 18 years of increasing disability with CFIDS/Fibromyalgia and a brain injury in 1997, I was a mess. Read more
Published on May 23 2002 by C. Starfire
4.0 out of 5 stars Sedentary lifestyle --
I recently purchased this book in hopes it would help me with
my deconditioned muscles, due to years of chronic hip and back pain and a very sedentary life. Read more
Published on April 4 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Advice
I did not like this book because the exercises were not
shown in detail enough for you to easily do them. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by SPD
5.0 out of 5 stars Update: 33 months, 351 workouts, and still 30 lbs later...
I'm still following this exercise program.
I'm still in my size six jeans.
I'm still thirty pounds lighter than I was when I started. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars You will see results
This book was recommended to me by a 40-something doctor with whom I work. I noticed her arms were more 'cut' and that her clothes were fitting better, and I asked her what she... Read more
Published on July 4 2001 by Gwyna Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars dear mark rippetoe
this book is absolutely adequate for the many women who are not exercising at all and think they can't. your business is something else entirely. Read more
Published on June 12 2001 by zelda. simon
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