THE COMPLETE MANUAL OF FITNESS AND WELL-BEING by

THE COMPLETE MANUAL OF FITNESS AND WELL-BEING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From Great Britain: a simplified, concise guide to the elements of a healthy lifestyle. With copious opportunities for self-testing, and flashy graphic accompaniment, readers can determine their present state of health (diet, lifestyle, health problems) and then learn more about where they should be. The authors describe the general tasks of each age (from establishing identity, through mating and eventually mourning), before moving on to specific concerns. On eating, they provide sound pointers and specific diets, all with an eye to alternatives (vegetarianism, so-called health and whole foods). Next they discuss fitness--from individual programs to group activities--and body systems from ""head to toe."" Potential problem areas follow: sexuality (physical and emotional questions); pregnancy and birth, growing older; ""The Whole Person"" (coping with stress). Finally, they take up treatments for general well-being--which, in many cases, are still unusual in this country: thus, heat and hydrotherapy, autogenics, aromatherapy, and reflexology receive equal weight with yoga, meditation, and massage. Convinced readers will have difficulty finding practitioners here. Readers may do better, therefore, with the similarly focused, but more extensive and US-based Book of Health from the American Health Foundation (1981).

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1984
Publisher: Viking