What You Should Know
Many people are familiar with the “For Dummies” series of how-to books on everything from how to operate certain software programs to instructions on beginning and maintaining a strength training program. In this particular book, “Fit Over 40 for Dummies”, author and former pro tennis play Betsy Nagelsen McCormack explains why it is important to keep fit in the middle years of life and how to do so. The book is written in a typical style of many books in this series, with plenty of useful information laid out in an easy to read format. The book is primarily about the importance of exercise and lays out the three components of a complete fitness program; aerobic activity, strength training and flexibility exercises.
While we appreciate that people in the middle years of life can use information about fitness directed to them, we are disappointed that the book primarily covers exercise. Studies show that many in the 40+ years begin to pack on extra pounds, even if weight was never an issue before. Excess weight can lead to a higher risk of a number of diseases, and a lower level of health overall. We believe a fitness book for the over 40 crowd should address the issues of weight loss when discussing better health, which may include an eating program and effective supplement for best results.
“Fit Over 40 for Dummies” will surely tell you everything you want to know about exercising during this phase of life. The text deals with the changes to the body during these years, the benefits of maintaining a fitness program throughout your life and even how to select the right shoes and clothing for your workouts. The book goes into great detail about aerobic exercise, even discussing the best exercise machines and how to choose the right gym for you. It also talks about how to avoid injuries (a concern as the body ages) and ensuring you get enough fluids during exercise sessions.
There is no doubt that exercise is an important component of a weight loss program. However, it is not the only component. We believe that combining exercise with a low calorie diet and weight loss supplement is often the best approach. A proven supplement can help dieters control cravings and boost energy to meet their weight loss goals. A book is a good start, but it probably won’t be enough to keep dieters motivated over the long haul.
“Fit Over 40 for Dummies” is available through online retailers. While the original price was $19.99, consumers can pick up a copy at the time of this review for as little as $13.59.
- The book stresses different types of exercise.
- It is written by an expert in the field of fitness.
- There is little information about diet included.
- There are no recommendations for a weight loss supplement.
- Books are not usually sufficient in motivating dieters.
By all means, read “Fit Over 40 for Dummies” if you fall into this age range and want to begin a fitness program. However, weight loss is about more than exercise. We recommend a low calorie diet and weight loss supplement with that exercise program for best results.