Strong Women Stay Young: Revised Edition Paperback – Apr 4 2000
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
I started this program March 4, 1999, after reading an excerpt from Strong Women Stay Slim in the Reader's Digest. I was looking for a program that I could do for the rest of my life. It had to be one that did not involve going to a gym, since I have a 100% failure rate with exercise dependent on a gym. It had to be one that helped me drop the 30 lbs. I had picked up since taking a sedentary job in the suburbs. It had to be forgiving of my sometimes irregular schedule. It had to get me back in shape for my 25th high school reunion.
After six weeks of following the exercises in the Reader's Digest Article, I was already seeing results, so I bought Strong Women Stay Young, and added the ankle weight and abs exercises from the book to my program. I also started taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and walking to the store instead of driving. (I did do the program an average of three times a week, rather than the recommended two.)
By the time my high school reunion rolled around, I had dropped the extra 30 lbs (without dieting -- just sensible eating). So many people at work have commented in the change in my appearance and have asked how I did it, that I've taken to carrying Reader's Digest reprints of the original article around to hand out when asked. My thighs and my upper arms have slimmed down and firmed up. My belt went from too tight on the largest hole to too loose on the smallest.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Every woman should read this book. I went to gym; followed the exercises in the book, 3 sets of each and work out 3 times a week. My bone density has 1% increase. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Montrealer
This is a must-read for all women, especially those of menopausal or later years. I am in my late 70's and haven't felt this well in years, thanks to the exercises in this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mary
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... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Amyred
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 morePublished on June 14 2002 by Wanda S. Loyd
After 18 years of increasing disability with CFIDS/Fibromyalgia and a brain injury in 1997, I was a mess. Read morePublished on May 23 2002 by C. Starfire