Shape Up with Pilates
The Ultimate Guide to Sculpting, Strengthening and Streamlining Your Body
The 'Queen of Pilates' Lynne Robinson outlines the benefits of the fitness system for mental health and wellbeing and presents an innovative regime of 20 targeted step-by-step workouts designed to create a streamlined torso that retains its natural curves. In addition, she offers tips on addressing common problem areas, diet and incorporating exercise into everyday life.
Yoga for Children
From balance and physical wellness to mental focus and self-awareness, the benefits of yoga can be enjoyed from an early age. This colourful illustrated guide, designed to be used by adults and children together, presents 14 basic poses as animals to imitate with step-by-step instructions and information about the benefits of each. Includes a fold-out wall poster of all 14 positions. Age 4+
Pilates for Living
Get Stronger, Fitter and Healthier for an Active Later Life
Regular Pilates can help to maintain good health and flexibility, lower blood pressure, and alleviate aches and pains, especially from middle age onwards. This guide by a personal trainer and fitness expert provides illustrated step-by-step instructions to exercises suitable for all levels and abilities, with advice on physiotherapy and interviews with people who have benefited from the practice.
The Whitlock Workout
Get Fit and Healthy in Minutes
Triple Olympic gold gymnast Max Whitlock details his health and fitness regime, including illustrated step-by-step exercise instructions. The workouts are aimed at all levels, from simple stretches on the sofa and 15-minute routines through to more advanced moves, all focused on maintaining core strength. He also includes nutritional advice and recipes demonstrating practical, easy ways to eat well at home.
Weapons of Fitness
The Women's Ultimate Guide to Fitness, Self-Defense, and Empowerment
Ballerina turned self-defence expert Avital Zeisler presents the techniques she has developed to help women defend themselves during a physical attack. In this illustrated guide she explains how to perform a series of combative movements, then outlines a fitness programme that uses the exercises to increase stamina and strength. Off-mint.
How to Build Strength, Improve Form, and Treat/Prevent Injuries
To avoid injuries through running it is crucial to be well informed about the fundamentals. Dr Michaud provides a detailed range of strategies for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries including shoe choice, running gait and warm-up advice.
Close to Om
Stretching Yoga from Your Mat to Your Life
Written by the LA-based celebrity yoga teacher Andrea Marcum, this illustrated volume combines the teaching of poses with an exploration of yoga philosophy. Organized in three parts entitled ‘Awaken’, ‘Transform’ and ‘Unite’, each unit includes a detailed explanation of how to carry out a variety of mat exercises and goes on to offer tips on mindfulness and meditation.
Body Transformation Manual
The Ultimate 12-Week Workout Plan Suitable for Women and Men
This health advice guide acknowledges that physical training is only part of getting in shape, advising on nutrition and lifestyle as well as demonstrating specific exercise routines to provide a complete programme for weight loss and fitness.
Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day
In this guide to yoga for people of all shapes and sizes, Anna Guest-Jelley explains the philosophy behind the exercises, describes how to adapt traditional poses to suit body shape, and shows that yoga can improve not only strength and flexibility, but also self-image.
Everyday Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen Your Posture
The hazards of a sedentary lifestyle can easily be avoided according to this manual, which explains the effect sitting has on the muscles, offers advice on posture and provides clearly illustrated exercises, most of which can be performed at a desk. Focusing on different sections of the body and featuring exercise sequences, it encourages readers to work out their own regular routine.
Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core
An Illustrated Guide to a Safe and Effective Core Training Program
By discussing the six fundamental principles of the Pilates method alongside a clear explanation of functional core anatomy, this illustrated manual demonstrates how to develop proper movement patterns without risking injury.
The Wrinklies' Guide to Keeping Supple
New Pursuits for Old Hands
Discounting visits to the gym and running, Hales-Dutton emphasizes the importance of stretching to keep the muscles toned in later years, recommending activities that won’t strain the joints. A chapter on walking explains its health benefits, as well as how to do it properly. Swimming, cycling and yoga similarly have a chapter each, and the book includes dietary advice, simple exercises and daily suppleness challenges.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
Live Long, Live Strong
Taking a holistic approach to staving off many of the health problems associated with ageing, former Royal Marine Commando Patrick Dale explains the benefits that regular exercise and eating well can have on both physical and mental ability. Exercises designed to retain or even improve muscle strength, cardiovascular health, mobility, co-ordination and balance are followed by comprehensive advice on nutrition, and ideas to help keep grey matter alert. Slightly off-mint.