Exercise & Movement Books

Hold still while you read these articles on cardio, strength training, yoga, and (almost) every other fitness activity known to man. Then get moving!

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Foam Rolling For Dummies

Published 01-07-2021

<p><b>A full-color, step-by-step guide to get fit, prevent injury and&#8239;end pain using your foam roller</b></p> <p>Foam rolling is not just a fad;&nbsp;if&nbsp;you&rsquo;re active in sport or work out regularly, you know how&nbsp;crucial&nbsp;it is to&nbsp;keep your&nbsp;muscles&nbsp;limber and pain-free&nbsp;to&nbsp;stay active and mobile.&nbsp;&nbsp;As a&nbsp;form of Myofascial Release Therapy,&nbsp;foam rolling&nbsp;is an&nbsp;effective&nbsp;technique&nbsp;for&nbsp;unlocking&nbsp;your&nbsp;tight muscles&nbsp;and restrictive&nbsp;myofascial connective tissue. Foam rolling&nbsp;helps&nbsp;increase&nbsp;your&nbsp;overall&nbsp;body&nbsp;mobility&nbsp;and&nbsp;joint&nbsp;range&nbsp;of&nbsp;&nbsp;motion, decreases&nbsp;pain and&nbsp;shortens&nbsp;recovery times&mdash;and&nbsp;it&nbsp;generally supercharges&nbsp;your body&nbsp;to reap&nbsp;the benefits of your active lifestyle!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Written in an&nbsp;easy-to-follow, no-jargon&nbsp;style by&nbsp;NFL physical therapist and trainer for 26 years&nbsp;Mike Ryan,&nbsp;<i>Foam Rolling For Dummies</i>&nbsp;shares proven roller tips&nbsp;usually reserved for professional athletes&nbsp;to&nbsp;help you quickly restore&nbsp;healthy&nbsp;harmony between your&nbsp;muscles and joints.&nbsp;Once you&nbsp;know the science behind&nbsp;foam rolling, you&rsquo;ll&nbsp;understand&nbsp;how&nbsp;to use&nbsp;specific body-rolling techniques to address specific problems and goals, whether&nbsp;they&rsquo;re&nbsp;eliminating&nbsp;painful muscle trigger points,&nbsp;loosening&nbsp;tight&nbsp;fascia,&nbsp;improving body flexibility,&nbsp;or just relaxing muscles&nbsp;faster&nbsp;after a workout.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /> <ul> <li>Enhance athletic performance</li> <li>Improve injury prevention</li> <li>Learn rapid roller techniques</li> <li>Manage fibromyalgia</li> <li>Reduce soft tissue injuries</li> <li>Understand your myofascial system</li> <li>Reduce painful muscles</li> </ul> Whether you want to maximize your fitness program, manage your muscle pain&nbsp;or&nbsp;pursue&nbsp;other health goals,&nbsp;this&nbsp;guide puts on a roll for an enhanced&nbsp;body&mdash;and&nbsp;an enhanced life.

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Yoga After 50 For Dummies

Published 08-04-2020

<p><b>Improve balance, flexibility, and overall well-being</b></p> <p>Yoga is a terrific way to stay fit and improve mental clarity, balance, agility, and flexibility. Written by the founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, this book takes the guesswork out of starting or continuing yoga at 50 and beyond. You&rsquo;ll learn how to adapt stances and breathing to your changing body to reap the benefits of this ancient practice and use it to calm your mind and body&mdash;one pose at a time.</p> <ul> <li>Discover step-by-step instructions for more than 45 poses</li> <li>Relieve stress</li> <li>Leverage your breathing</li> <li>Target weak spots, avoid injury, and deal with pain and chronic conditions</li> <li>Discover yoga apps and videos</li> </ul>

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Walking the Weight Off For Dummies

Published 04-27-2015

<b>Get up, get moving, and walk away the pounds</b> <p>If you're looking to lose weight and get fit, <i>Walking the Weight Off For Dummies</i> will show you just what to do to walk yourself to a whole new you. Whether you want to burn fat, boost your energy level, improve your mood, shed your belly, or just get toned, this easy to read, fun and friendly guide will have you putting your best foot forward &#8212; over and over again! Inside you'll discover which workouts are the best to achieve your specific goals, how low-impact walking is perfect for fat-burning, how to pick the right pair of shoes for walking, and so much more.</p> <p>Walking is the number one form of exercise in America, and studies show that it is highly effective in achieving multiple health goals &#8212; from losing weight and decreasing body fat to improving overall health and mental well being. Best of all, walking is very inexpensive and can be done anywhere. With this complete and easy-to-use guide, you'll find that creating and sticking to a walking program to lose weight and feel great has never been easier.</p> <ul> <li>Learn how walking is the ideal exercise to achieve and maintain healthy body weight and improve overall health</li> <li>Figure out the best techniques to avoid injury and achieve your specific fitness goals</li> <li>Dive into nutrition tips for fueling up before and after walks to maintain health</li> <li>Discover how you can fit walking into your life, regardless of your age, gender, and current weight</li> </ul> <p>If you've always wanted to incorporate walking into your routine to boost your health and effectively lose weight, <i>Walking the Weight Off For Dummies</i> will show you how.</p>

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Yoga All-in-One For Dummies

Published 03-02-2015

<b>Everything you need to make yoga an integral part of your health and well-being</b> <p>If you want to incorporate yoga into your daily routine or ramp up what you're already doing, <i>Yoga All-In-One For Dummies</i> is the perfect resource! This complete compendium of six separate titles features everything you need to improve your health and peace of mind with yoga, and includes additional information on, stretching, meditation, adding weights to your yoga workouts, and power yoga moves.</p> <p>Yoga has been shown to have numerous health benefits, ranging from better flexibility and athletic performance to lowered blood pressure and weight loss. For those who want to take control of their health and overall fitness, yoga is the perfect practice. With <i>Yoga All-In-One For Dummies</i>, you'll have everything you need to get started and become a master of even the toughest yoga poses and techniques.</p> <ul> <li>Find out how to incorporate yoga to foster health, happiness, and peace of mind</li> <li>Get a complete resource, featuring information from six titles that are packed with tips</li> <li>Use companion workout videos to help you master various yoga poses and techniques that are covered in the book</li> <li>Utilize tips in the book to increase balance, range of motion, flexibility, strength, and overall fitness</li> </ul> <p>Take a deep breath and dive into <i>Yoga All-In-One For Dummies</i> to find out how you can improve your health and your happiness by incorporating yoga into your daily routine.</p>

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Weight Training For Dummies

Published 12-31-2014

<b>Tone up, burn calories, stay strong</b> <p><i>Weight Training For Dummies</i> makes it easy to get started with weight training by offering trusted and straightforward guidance on the latest circuit and resistance training, and all-new information on the highly popular bodyweight and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Whether you're working with dumbbells, free weight sets, or machines, you'll find out how to combine weight training with other exercise to properly strength train and get in the best shape of your life.</p> <p>Along with aerobic exercise and flexibility, body weight training is an integral part of a complete physical activity program. But with all the different equipment and techniques available, getting started can feel overwhelming. Want to get pumped about weight training? Consider these facts: strength training, whether via free weights or a machine, builds muscle. And the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and the less prone you are to injuries&#8212;in and out of the gym. Plus, strength training promotes bone strength, which can significantly reduce your odds of developing osteoporosis. If that's not enough, strength training&#8212;unlike cardio workouts like running&#8212;reaps benefits almost immediately. So what are you waiting for? <i>Weight Training For Dummies</i> has everything you need to get started.</p> <ul> <li>Provides examples and directions for powerful 20-minute weight training routines for the time challenged</li> <li>Features advice to help you choose a weight training system that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle</li> <li>Includes new coverage devoted to warm-ups and the hottest and most beneficial stretches</li> <li>Introduces using weight training to address specific health or orthopedic conditions</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're already in the gym several times a week or are just starting out with a fitness routine, <i>Weight Training For Dummies</i> shows you how to use free weights or weight machines to get results&#8212;fast.</p>

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Yoga For Dummies

Published 06-03-2014

<b>Sharing the benefits of yoga in a way that everyone can enjoy and understand</b> <p>Practicing yoga has many health benefits, including improving your overall fitness, flexibility, and strength. It has also been known to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. And if you're suffering from chronic lower back pain, yoga is a perfect choice for you. <i>Yoga For Dummies, 3rd Edition</i> will show you how to get up to speed on the fundamentals of Yoga, whether you're participating in a class, teaching a class, or practicing it on your own. This new edition features over 20% new and updated content plus 12 companion videos featuring the hottest and most popular poses. Inside, you will find:</p> <ul> <li>Do-it-yourself yoga programs for you to practice</li> <li>The latest techniques for breathing properly</li> <li>Photos on key poses that can improve front sides and backsides</li> <li>New coverage on yoga against the wall, the use of props in yoga, couples yoga, and more</li> </ul> <p>If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic pain, yoga can be a wonderfully relaxing exercise for you. Whether you decide to persist in a traditional do-it-yourself yoga practice or experiment with the use of props in a new yoga routine, this book can help. Children, pregnant women, mid-lifers, and seniors can all enjoy the benefits of yoga simply explained in this comprehensive, fun guide.</p>

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Stretching For Dummies

Published 02-05-2007

<b>A highly practical guide to achieving great results with stretching</b><br /><br />Did you long ago learn to fear and dread stretching because of overbearing P.E. teachers who forced you to touch your toes? It doesn't have to be that way anymore. Stretching is a powerful tool that can bring you new ease of movement, an increase in your physical capabilities, and deep composure that requires you to do nothing more than breathe. You can always have access to it&mdash;and best of all, it's free! <p><i>Stretching for Dummies</i> shows you that stretching is actually easy to do&mdash;and reveals how you can reap the amazing benefits of stretching anywhere, anytime. It explains in simple terms how you can stand taller, look thinner, keep stress from getting the best of you, keep your muscles from feeling achy, and nip injuries in the bud. You'll discover:</p> <ul> <li> <div>The why&rsquo;s, where&rsquo;s, when&rsquo;s, and how&rsquo;s of letting loose and snapping back</div> </li> <li> <div>How to keep from hurting yourself</div> </li> <li> <div>The benefits of stretching with a partner</div> </li> <li> <div>How to target specific areas: such as head, shoulders, knees, and toes</div> </li> <li> <div>The art of breathing correctly</div> </li> <li> <div>How to use stretching to sooth lower back pain</div> </li> <li> <div>Stretches to start and end your day right</div> </li> <li> <div>Stretches you can do at your desk</div> </li> <li> <div>Stretches for various stages of life&mdash;including stretches for kids and seniors</div> </li> </ul> <p>This easy-to-use reference also includes a list of ten surprising around-the house stretching accessories, along with ten common aches and pain that stretching can help. Regardless of how old or young you are, <i>Stretching for Dummies</i> will introduce you to a kinder and gentler form of flexibility that will reduce that nagging tension and tenderness in your muscles and truly make you feel good all over.</p>

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Exercise Balls For Dummies

Published 05-06-2005

If you want to shape up or lose weight, get on the ball! <p>It&#8217;s inexpensive. It&#8217;s something you can do at home. It&#8217;s effective!</p> <p>However, unless you have a personal trainer, using the exercise ball correctly to get maximum results can be tricky. That&#8217;s where <i>Exercise Balls For Dummies</i> comes in. You&#8217;ll discover how to turn an ordinary workout into a super workout that builds strength, increases flexibility, and sculpts a great-looking body. The book includes:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Step-by-step details on using exercise balls in your regular workout program</li> <li>Tips on selecting and maintaining equipment</li> <li>Illustrated exercises covering a complete muscle workout: shoulders and upper back; biceps, triceps, and forearms; chest abdominals and lower back; legs and hips: flexibility in general</li> <li>Specific applications for Pilates, weight training, stretching, and aerobic exercise</li> <li>Mat workout routines</li> </ul> <p>Admitted couch potatoes can start at the beginning; fitness fanatics can jump right in and integrate the exercise ball into their routines. <i>Exercise Balls For Dummies</i> was written by LaReine Chabut, a fitness model, actress, and writer who owns a women&#8217;s workout spa and stars in workout videos. Of course, she makes it look easy!</p>

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Pilates For Dummies

Published 05-20-2002

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>A user-friendly guide&nbsp;that teaches you&nbsp;the origins and philosophy of the Pilates method&nbsp;and helps you&nbsp;set realistic fitness goals and custom&nbsp;tailor a program&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Once the secret fitness weapon of professional dancers, athletes, and movie stars, Pilates is sweeping the country&nbsp;and becoming more popular than ever.&nbsp;If&nbsp;half of what its many fans claim is true, then it&rsquo;s easy to see why. Combining elements of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and boxing, along with many original movements, Pilates exercises build muscle tone, improve flexibility and balance, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, and repair past injuries. Most people who&rsquo;ve done it, even for a short time, say they feel stronger and more energized, centered,&nbsp;and physically confident than ever before. They also like having the flat tummies, tight buns, and long lean thighs of a dancer.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Pilates For Dummies&#8239;is your gentle introduction to&nbsp;the Pilates&nbsp;method&nbsp;without the high cost of private instruction. Packed with&nbsp;easy-to-follow&nbsp;exercises&nbsp;an&nbsp;plenty of&nbsp;photos, it helps you develop your own Pilates fitness program to do at home or in the gym&nbsp;and&nbsp;how to use eight basic&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;principles to get the most out of your mat-based routines.&nbsp;With this practical guide by your side, you can:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Look and feel better than ever&nbsp;</li> <li>Get stronger, more flexible, in control,&nbsp;and less prone to injury&nbsp;</li> <li>Target and tone problem areas&nbsp;</li> <li>Tone and strengthen your&nbsp;abs, buns, thighs,&nbsp;and&nbsp;arms&nbsp;</li> <li>Repair chronic stress and sports injuries&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re just starting out with Pilates or know&nbsp;a&nbsp;few exercises and want to learn more, the book&nbsp;covers:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Basic, intermediate, and advanced mat exercises&nbsp;</li> <li>How to use&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;exercise equipment and accessories&nbsp;</li> <li>How to target&nbsp;specific areas&nbsp;of your body&nbsp;including the stomach, back, thighs, and chest&nbsp;</li> <li>Pilates for the pregnant and recently pregnant body&nbsp;</li> <li>How&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;can help&nbsp;heal injuries&nbsp;and&nbsp;reform&nbsp;your&nbsp;posture&nbsp;</li> <li>The fun of combining&nbsp;Pilates with other forms of exercise, including yoga,&nbsp;swimming, aerobics, and more&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <p>Additionally, you&rsquo;ll learn&nbsp;simple ways to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life, changes you can expect to see from practicing Pilates, and questions to ask if you decide to join a Pilates studio or hire a Pilates instructor.&nbsp;Get your copy of&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&#8239;to&nbsp;start&nbsp;designing a&nbsp;Pilates&nbsp;fitness program&nbsp;just&nbsp;for&nbsp;you.&nbsp;</p> </div>

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T'ai Chi For Dummies

Published 08-30-2001

For nearly 5,000 years, people have practiced T&#8217;ai Chi as a way to prolong life, build strength and stamina, improve concentration, and achieve psychological balance. Hundreds of millions of satisfied customers can&#8217;t be wrong. <p>Whether you already dabble in T&#8217;ai Chi and would like to get a deeper understanding of the basics, or you&#8217;re only thinking about trying it and want to find out more before you take the plunge, <i>T&#8217;ai Chi For Dummies</i> is for you. In plain English, Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes demystify T&#8217;ai Chi principles and practices for Westerners. They unravel exotic sounding terms and concepts and break down movements in ways that more traditional instructors and authors either can&#8217;t or won&#8217;t. And with the help of crystal-clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions, they get you on track with a T&#8217;ai Chi fitness program guaranteed to help you:</p> <ul> <li>Increase balance and flexibility</li> <li>Combat fatigue and reduce stress</li> <li>Tone muscles</li> <li>Unlock your power centers and boost energy</li> <li>Improve focus and concentration</li> <li>Breathe &#8220;mindfully&#8221; and meditate</li> <li>Enhance your sense of inner peace and well-being</li> </ul> <p>Discover just how easy it can be to make T&#8217;ai Chi and its sister discipline Qigong part of your everyday life. With this friendly reference as your guide you&#8217;ll quickly master the basic movements and forms, as well as:</p> <ul> <li>T&#8217;ai Chi&#8217;s Yang 24-Movement Form</li> <li>Qigong and Push Hands techniques</li> <li>Techniques that help speed recovery from specific injuries</li> <li>T&#8217;ai Chi movements for aerobic exercise</li> </ul> Exercise is good for the body and soul. Now let Therese Iknoian and Manny Fuentes show you how to energize, find inner peace, and tone your muscles with the gentle art of T&#8217;ai Chi.

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