Harvard Health Books

The No Sweat Exercise Plan

Media coverage of health and fitness is at an all-time high — everyone wants to be fit and healthy, but many people are overwhelmed and discouraged by conflicting recommendations on exercise. Articles about the sedentary lifestyle of Americans and the increase in obesity are everywhere, but practical remedies are few and far between. Here at last is a book that explains what type of exercise is best, how much is enough, and how busy people can achieve their goals.

The No Sweat Exercise Plan: A Simple Way to Lose Weight and Improve Your Health Without Spending Hours in the Gym by Harvey B. Simon, M.D., a leading Harvard Medical School physician, introduces an innovative exercise plan that shows how to be healthy and lose weight through day-to-day activities and without working up a sweat. Written for people who know they need to exercise to look better and improve their health, but who just aren’t into heavy workouts, this book is based on sound scientific data and is endorsed by physicians at Harvard Medical School.

A founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center, Dr. Simon has been researching how to keep his patients healthy and happy for more than thirty years. For many of those years he advocated intense aerobic exercise as the only way to stay well.

He practiced what he preached, too, pushing himself and running many marathons during those years. But now he recants. The latest scientific studies show conclusively that people can get the full health benefits of exercise with only slight modifications to their daily routine. It doesn’t have to take extra time. It doesn’t have to be dull. We don’t have to work out until we ache!

Dr. Simon explains the types and amounts of exercise needed for good health, and he offers readers a unique system to help them track their activities and achieve their goals. The No Sweat Exercise Pyramids and point system (much like the point system for food used so successfully by Weight Watchers) enables readers to quantify what they need to do each week to promote health and shed unwanted pounds.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 5, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0071448322
ISBN-13: 978-0071448321
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches

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