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Health & Fitness Books for Men, Women & Kids1. The Active Woman's Health and Fitness Handbook, by Nadya Swedan, from Perigee Trade
This comprehensive guide addresses women's concerns about the physical and psychological aspects of fitness-no matter what age or activity level. Written by a female athlete and doctor, it answers questions in many areas-from what health risks are associated with each sport or exercise, to what to do when your knee hurts after a jog, to what you can do to prevent osteoporosis. Nadya Swedan, M.D., is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist who provides non-surgical treatment of sports-related and musculoskeletal pain and injuries, especially in women.

2. The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health : A Lifelong Guide to Wellness, by Judith Hanson Lasater, Linda Sparrowe, Patricia Walden, Paperback, Publisher: Shambhala
This book is a comprehensive book about women’s health issues and how to treat them with yoga. The authors offer a complete yoga program for general health as well as pose sequences that address specific health problems–all in the Iyengar tradition, which targets health needs more than other forms of yoga. For example, in the first part of the book, Patricia Walden has organized three chapters showing yoga poses with clear instructions that tell how to get into each pose and describe its benefits: chapter one is the Essential Sequence for all women, and includes modifications for people who cannot or should not do all the poses; chapter two is the Restorative Sequence for stress relief and relaxation; chapter three contains advanced poses that energize and tone. The second part is presented in four sections that broadly represent the stages of a woman’s life: teen years and early twenties, later twenties and thirties, midlife, and wisdom years. Each section contains chapters offering specific information about a particular health issue from author Linda Sparrowe, as well as sequences of yoga poses from Patricia Walden that address the problem.

3. Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men, by Jon Giswold, David Morgan, Paperback, St. Martin's Griffin
A beautifully illustrated, indispensable guide for anyone embarking on a fitness program. This is an introductory guide to achieving health and fitness for men. This user-friendly source of information, techniques, and images will enable and inspire any man to achieve a healthy body and a fit lifestyle. Divided into three sections-Motivation, Action, and Lifestyle-this book explains the basic elements of health and fitness and how to combine aerobic activities with a weight program that will give you the body you want and the energy to make life enjoyable. Clearly illustrated by the vivid photographs of David Morgan, Basic Training is the perfect book for anyone seeking information and inspiration to begin a personalized training routine today.

4. Men's Health Best: Weight-Free Workout, by Men's Health Magazine, Paperback
This new series of books, Men's Health Best, addresses all aspects of a man's physical fitness, from building core strength to managing sports injuries. Authoritative, affordable, handsomely produced and extensively illustrated, these 96-page books are the perfect guide to achieving strength, fitness, and well-being. It shows you how to put together a workout program you can follow anywhere, no need to go to the gym. It includes all the exercises you need for whole-body fitness and maximum flexibility and explains the exact benefits of each one.

5. The Health Fitness Handbook by B. Don Franks, Edward T. Howley, Paperback, Human Kinetics Publishers
Get honest, reliable answers to your fitness questions! Written by three leading health and fitness experts, this no-nonsense, information-packed guide presents the latest research with sound medical advice in a way that’s easy to understand. Inside you’ll find everything you need to start a safe, effective fitness program or to make your current program even better: Guidelines for evaluating your current fitness level; Tips for setting realistic fitness goals; Advice for changing health-related behaviors to meet your long-term goals; The best exercises for improving aerobic fitness, flexibility, and strength; Information on other important aspects of healthy living, including weight control, nutrition, injury prevention, and stress reduction; Easy-to-follow photos, charts, and tables will help you develop a personalized plan to achieve your desired fitness level.

6. Stretching For Fitness, Health & Performance: The Complete Handbook for All Ages & Fitness Levels, by Dr. Christopher Oswald, Dr. Stanley Bacso, Paperback, Sterling Publishing
Need to stay loose and limber? Find it tough to keep those muscles and joints healthy, pain-free, and working well? This is the user-friendly manual that will protect you from injury-whatever your fitness level or age. Designed for everyday use as well as for sports, and written by two chiropractors, it supplies all the basic and advanced concepts of stretching for optimal performance. By following these explicit movement by movement instructions, with hundreds of accompanying photos, you can: prevent on-the-job muscle strain and backaches from heavy physical labor; drain emotional stress from a tense body; find ideal stretching routines for plane, car, or office; improve your performance in every sport; sneak in quick stretches during the day to rejuvenate your system; follow programs for everyone from senior citizens to active athletes to even the youngest infants; follow sections on anatomical structure and photos of several non-professionals doing the stretches will inspire you to get out there and do it right.

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