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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Age-Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life


Synopsis

Growing older does not mean accepting diminished fitness. Two of the nation's top physical therapists show how to assess your fitness levels and create a specific profile to achieve optimum physical health.

There is no doubt that our bodies change with age, as the baby boomer generation is now learning firsthand. But many of the problems attributed to inevitable age-related changes are in fact not inevitable and are often lifestyle induced and reversible.

In this new book, Moffat and Lewis show how to overcome the aches, stiffness, and unsteadiness in your muscles and joints. Using their simple, self-administered tests, you will assess your level of physical performance in these five critical domains: posture, balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance. The authors help you develop a personal profile, according to the results of these tests. Easy-to-follow strengthening and stretching exercises, based on the latest clinical research, are included along with a Thera-Band® resistive exercise band for use in some exercises.

More than a simple how-to book, Age-Defying Fitness encourages you to take responsibility for your physical well-being, and offers an easy everyday approach to achieving better health.

About the Authors
MARILYN MOFFAT, PhD, PT, an internationally recognized leader in the field of physical therapy, is professor of physical therapy at New York University. In 1997, she completed a six-year term as the president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is currently on the executive committee of the World Federation for Physical Therapy. She has also been in private practice for almost forty years.

CAROL B. LEWIS, PhD, PT, is founder and owner of a large physical therapy practice in Washington, DC. She currently serves on the medical faculty of George Washington University as a full adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics. Lewis has published numerous textbooks and articles in the field of aging. She has a PhD from the University of Maryland and two master's degrees from the University of Southern California.



Library Journal

Clinical physical therapists Moffat (NYU) and Lewis (geriatrics, George Washington Univ.; founder & president, Premier Physical Therapy) provide excellent, easy-to-understand guidance for baby boomers looking to assess their level of physical fitness in five domains: posture, strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Chapter 1 sets the scene, explaining changes that take place as our bodies age. Simple tests, well illustrated with clear black-and-white drawings and photographs, enable readers to assess their capabilities and lead to a personal profile for physical fitness in each of the five domains. Many of the strengthening and stretching exercises use the Thera-BandR resistive band; others use only wrist or ankle weights and a sturdy chair. The benefits of each exercise are listed, while charts and work sheets allow readers to track their progress. A great resource for determining one's fitness level and custom-tailoring a program; highly recommended for public libraries, though selectors should note that a bound-in insert contains the Thera-BandR. Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.



Age-Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life
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