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Fitness In 30 Minutes A Week?

The following excerpt is from the online free read self help book, Be Your Own Therapist.

I highly recommend the book titled Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week by Laurence E. Morehouse Ph.D. and Leonard Gross. Surely you have noted that most books written about exercise are written for athletes or for those who want maximum health? "You must exercise for the length of time specified to obtain maximum cardiovascular fitness" is a typical statement to be found in such volumes. But who wants maximum cardiovascular fitness at such a cost? It takes much willpower to spend a total of three hours a week exercising. Such is a typical amount of time suggested by many of these books. The vast majority of people attempting such a routine will soon quit because it just takes too much discipline.

Instead, I suggest the program devised by Dr. Morehouse, then professor of exercise physiology at UCLA and creator of the original exercise program for USA space astronauts. His 1975 book outlines a program whose goal is a reasonable, not maximum, level of fitness. Not surprisingly, Dr. Morehouse was criticized by colleagues who felt maximum physical fitness or maximum cardiovascular fitness "should" be the goal. However, what those colleagues failed to realize was that those whom Dr. Morehouse was attempting to reach would usually fail any approach that was significantly more rigorous. Dr. Morehouse (Morehouse and Gross 1976, 17) instantly revealed the audience he was trying to reach with his first words: "I hate to exercise."

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His initial program provides for: stretching, strengthening of muscle groups and moderate aerobics - all accomplished in 30 minutes a week* (ten minutes of exercise three times a week). Those of you who follow the latest trends in successful weight-loss will no doubt note that this program meets two requirements of successful weight-loss programs: (1)aerobics and (2)muscle strengthening.

Do look for this classic book in your used bookstore and follow its recommendations. Reasonable fitnessis the best goal for most of us.

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