Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Shape up with the Slow, Fat Triathlete - A review

First of all, don’t let the title of this book fool you. This is not a book about how to become a triathlete or a mega athlete. It’s not a “how to” book or yet another “get a fantastic bod with minimal work” book, either. There are no pictures of exercises or schedules for when to do crunches and when to do cardio.

Instead, it’s a series of essays about fitness, each one of them in turn funny, touching and containing useful information (and sometimes all three at once).

I wish every person who has ever said to me “I know I should exercise, but I hate it” would read this book. It will change your thinking about moving your body and maybe even your life.

It starts with the basics – first the mind. Yes, the mind! Your mind is your best exercise tool. Changing how you think about exercise is key to making it part of your life. It also contains good tips for how to find a sports bra that fits, how to fuel during exercise, tracking your exercise data, where exercise fits into the grand scheme of your life, and a host of other topics, all important in your quest to shape up.

Even if you love to exercise, like I do, you should still get this book. It’s a great read and it will remind you of why you started exercising in the first place and maybe show you some ways you’ve gone astray as you’ve gotten caught up in your quest for fitness perfection and obsession with PRs.

I definitely learned from it – it made me think about why I exercise and what I get from it and I even picked up some tips on how to collect better data to keep track of my progress.

Jayne is a great writer and her books are warm and witty and enthusiastic. They are reassuring that you can really do this exercise thing, be it taking a dance class or signing up for (and completing!) your first triathlon. This book is no exception.
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