Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock

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America’s favorite fitness expert presents a breakthrough program to win the war against aging–a battle she has personally fought and won.

We all know that aging is inevitable–but how gracefully you age is up to you. Scientific research shows that we can turn back the clock through a targeted regimen of age-busting exercise and nutrition. Now, in Fit and Fabulous After 40, award-winning fitness expert Denise Austin presents her own revolutionary, sure-fire plan to help you stay healthy, strong, slim, and fabulous–no matter what your age! By exercising for just thirty minutes a day, using cutting-edge techniques such as yoga and Pilates-based exercises, and eating for maximum health and vitality, you can build strength, shed extra pounds, improve flexibility and balance, and look years younger. Fit and Fabulous After 40 includes:

Easy-to-follow workout plans for every day of the week
Fat-blasting, toning exercises to target specific areas of the body
Weekly nutrient-packed meal plans with delicious slimming recipes
Denise’s personal vitamin and supplement regimen
Invaluable advice on common health concerns for women, such as menopause, breast cancer, and heart disease
Special beauty tips–including anti-wrinkle exercises!

Designed to fit even the most hectic schedules, and easily tailored to individual health concerns, Fit and Fabulous After 40 offers a modern, realistic fountain of youth for every woman.

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Fitness celebrity and former gymnast Denise Austin always took care of her body. "In my 20s, however, I was more concerned with looking good in a bikini," she admits. "These days I'm focused on feeling good and staying healthy--and if I can still get away with wearing a bikini, that's a bonus!" Writing at age 43, she reminds us that 40 certainly isn't the end of the road--in fact, we probably have another 40 years or more to look forward to.

In Fit and Fabulous After 40, Austin shows us how to "turn back the clock" with exercise (aerobic, stretching, balance, and strength training), diet, health, beauty, and a positive outlook. She challenges us to set a weekly goal in each area for four weeks and provides sample programs in all areas. Photographs illustrate a good selection of strength-training, yoga, and Pilates-inspired exercises, and she provides a workout log to keep you on track.

Her dietary suggestions emphasize a balance of 50 to 55 percent complex carbohydrates, 20 to 25 percent protein, and 25 percent fat, keeping portions moderate and including lots of fruits and vegetables. She describes 10 "nutritional powerhouses" that have been shown to have anti-aging benefits, such as soy, blueberries, oatmeal, and flaxseed, with tips for including more of these in your diet. She also describes 10 "age accelerators" that you'd be wise to avoid, such as breakfast "desserts," fatty meats, creamy salad dressings, and stick margarine. She includes dozens of helpful (and sometimes entertaining) tips, such as "Don't go [to a fast-food restaurant] when you're hungry--you'll order fries." A meal plan with sample recipes makes her suggestions easy to follow.

Her health tips include 6 "body-sense strategies," 10 "must-have medical tests," breathing exercises, and instructions for how to do Kegels (exercises for the pelvic-floor muscles that help prevent incontinence and improve sexual response). She also offers skin, hair, and nail tips. If you think of Denise Austin as just a perky exercise leader, you'll be thoroughly impressed by the amount of helpful, sensible information in Fit and Fabulous. --Joan Price

About the Author:

DENISE AUSTIN is the host of Lifetime Television’s Denise Austin’s Fit and Lite and Denise Austin’s Daily Workout, the number-one daily fitness show in America. The creator of more than thirty bestselling exercise videos and the author of the national bestsellers Jumpstart, Hit the Spot!, and Lose Those Last 10 Pounds, she had written for the Washington Post and Healthy Living magazine. She has been twice appointed Chairman of the Virginia Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports and was awarded the title of Healthy American Fitness Leader by the President's Council on Fitness and Sports. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters.

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