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Mar 11

Review: Fit and Firm Forever by Paula Goodyer

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Fit and Firm Forever by Paula GoodyerFit & Firm for Ever by Paula Goodyer
Published by Random House Australia on 2009-01-01
Genres: non-fiction, self-help
Pages: 177
Source: ARC received from publisher
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First the bad news: Between the ages of 45 and 55 women on average can expect to gain at least 5.5 kg. Not only that but we become bigger in places where flab was never a problem before and this unwelcome new arrival stubbornly refuses to budge. The cause? Muscle loss, a slower metabolism, dwindling supplies of oestrogen and a 21st-century lifestyle conspire to produce a midlife midriff crisis. There are genuine health concerns to consider too - bulging waistlines are now linked to a greater risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, heart problems and Alzheimer's disease. And now the good news. Fit and Firm For Ever offers hope and help for those of us lamenting our jelly bellies and bingo wings. It explains that the main strategy for winning the metabolic war is to build and maintain lots of mighty muscle - and that this is easier than you might think. * banish spare-tyre creep, * defy gravity * find new levels of energy and confidence.

Want to avoid bingo wings and a jelly belly? Well, who wouldn’t answer a resounding “YES!” to that question?  For those not feeling paranoid enough about their appearance yet, I’ll mention droopy boobs, a shapeless butt, pudgy thighs and bra fat to get you really desperate for a body makeover solution.

So, have I turned everyone off going swimsuit shopping for a while? I thought so.

Health journalist Paula Goodyer recent release Fit and Firm For Ever promises tips on how to “stay toned, lean and vibrant through menopause and beyond.” A tantalising thought and one that Goodyer assures her readers is achievable.

The appeal of this book for me is that she isn’t advocating an excise and diet regime promising to make every woman look 18. I’ve been 18 and frankly, I didn’t have that much fun that year. I’m not all that keen to go back there. I am interested in being healthy and comfortable in my own not-quite-40-thank-you-very-much skin and this book seems to promote that kind of outlook.

I thought that this book was a great guide to building a basic level of fitness and muscle tone.

Of course the key factor in remaining fit is will power. Without it, no matter how good the exercise plan or diet, things are doomed for failure. However, if you have the desire to do something positive to get in shape and the willpower to see it through, Fit and Firm For Ever is quite a good guide for those women who don’t think life stops at 40 and who want to remain fit and vibrant enough to have the energy to enjoy life into their 50s, 60s and beyond.

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