Redwood Health Letter, Spring, 2004

Posted by on Apr 1, 2004 in Reviews

Spring 2004 Volume 5, Issue 1

BOOK REVIEW: Toward a Magnificent Self

Each year sees the publication of new books on diet, fitness, and exercise. Many are the same old routines, illustrated with newer celebrities; others promise impossible results. Quite a few aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Tami Anastasia’s book, however, is a breath of fresh air.

This book isn’t going to provide you with a one-size-fits-all series of specific exercise to perform. It won’t tell you when, where, or how long to exercise. There are no photos of thin, muscular people bounding around in tight athletic wear. Rather than telling us WHAT to do, Anastasia focuses in on the WHYS: Why do we think we should exercise? What do we hope to achieve? Why do we have such a hard time sticking to our goals?

Tami Anastasia grew up in an athletic family that owned a chain of health clubs and became an exercise addict. When a doctor told her she had to cut back because of health problems, she went to the other extreme and became a couch potato. As she worked to learn how to exercise safely and moderately, she earned a degree in counseling and studied the psychological issues surrounding weight, body image, exercise, and fitness. Now, as a personal trainer and counselor with her own Wellness Studio in Los Gatos, she helps clients set realistic and achievable exercise goals, establish consistent exercise habits, and improve their self-image no matter what their weight or body type.

This book is chock-full of useful exercises for figuring out our personal barriers to exercise, the myths that get in our way, and strategic ways to overcome them. The emphasis is on exercise as a fun activity that improves our lives in so many ways besides just losing weight.