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The Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide to Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being Paperback – Jan 4 2012
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Dr. Maffetone's system goes beyond dealing with symptoms; he looks at health and fitness as an integrated balance. He deals with the whole picture clearly and directly. Fascinating and illuminating... and I feel great! --James Taylor, singer and recording artist
About the Author
Dr. Philip Maffetone is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, clinician, and author in the field of nutrition, exercise and sports medicine, stress management, and biofeedback. He was named “Coach of the Year” by Triathlete Magazine and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top twenty most influential people in endurance sports worldwide. He is the author of more than a dozen books on sports, fitness, and health.
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Phil writes about self-health care. And that's what this book does. It teaches you how to be in control of your own health. Valuable chapters include those on how to control inflammation through diet, the right foods that will lead to better energy and fat-burning, why most dietary supplements are harmful, hidden dangers of stretching, why most conventional running and walking shoe are bad for your feet and legs, and so on.
I was also surprised to see a chapter on healthy sex. (I read that one first!).
This isn't the first book i own by Phil Maffetone-- he's written over a half-dozen. But this is one book that i will demand that all my aging and still-active baby boomer friends must have. Think of this book as a "wise friend for life."
Since I started following Maffetone I have lost weight, have more energy than ever, and have been injury-free for more than 5 years after never going a year without a running injury. What more can I say about his training philosophy?
However, if you aren't serious about becoming healthy, reading this book won't help you too much until you decide to take care of yourself.
So, what did I learn?
1) I learned why sugar isn't bad, but insulin is (and unfortunately sugar can spike your insulin.
2) I learned why intense exercise is bad for you (comparatively) and you should slow down your workouts to comfortable levels.
3) I learned why body fat stays on your body, even when you work out a lot.
4) I learned why most people who train for a 5k or similar event actually do workouts that are detrimental to their goals.
5) I learned the difference between healthy foods and unhealthy ones, and why.
If you care even the slightest about your body health and how old you want to live, please just read this book. Even if it takes you a year or two to come around to living it, you need the knowledge first.