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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (April 4 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380774
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By A Customer on June 10 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 11 2003
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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 By A Customer on May 29 2003
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Country Lady on Aug. 22 2009
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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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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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Fourteen months ago, my size 12 blue jeans were starting to feel just a little bit more than tight. I had just seen the pictures of myself at my sister's wedding...and they weren't pretty. They made me realize that I had gone from always having been extremely slender to well, to put it politely, junoesque.
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.
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