Stretching Exercises Encyclopedia
Designed to demonstrate the benefits that regular stretching has upon health and wellbeing, this compendium of more than 100 exercises, illustrated with detailed anatomical drawings, highlights the function of the different muscles involved in each movement and offers guidance on correct posture as well as sensible precautions and common errors.
Muscle Exercises Encyclopedia
Illustrated by a specialist in anatomical drawing, this reference book offers more than 440 workouts designed to increase muscle size. Each entry comprises a clear description of the exercise, the muscles used while performing it, the correct stance and manner of execution and ways to adapt it according to need.
The Qigong Bible
The Definitive Guide to Energy Cultivation Exercise
This comprehensive introduction to Qigong, the ancient system of movement, meditation and breathing exercises designed to improve health, martial prowess and spiritual development, includes an illustrated guide to the basic stances and tips on incorporating the martial art into everyday life.
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.
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.
Working With Chi
Practical Ways to Harness Healing Energy
According to ancient Eastern thought, ‘chi’ is a form of energy that animates every living thing on earth and keeping it in balance is essential to health and happiness. This practical guide includes an overview of the philosophical origins of chi; its relationship to the elements and the human meridians; dietary advice; and a photographic guide to Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises. Slightly off-mint.
The Complete Guide to Flexibility and Movement
Essential for the prevention of chronic pain, injuries and the improvement of muscle tone, stretching can also lower blood pressure, ease stress and increase alertness. This extensive collection of exercises is organized by body part, covering everything from the eyes to the toes, and includes sections on yoga, pregnancy and working with a partner. Each stretch is clearly photographed, with step-by-step instructions and an explanation of its benefits.
The 2 Meal Day
Burn Fat and Boost Energy Through Intermittent Fasting
Eating just two meals a day is a form of intermittent fasting that eliminates the need for calorie counting and can boost energy levels by helping the body to burn stored fat. Drawing on his own experience, personal trainer Max Lowery provides meal plans, exercises, advice on getting started and 75 recipes for lower and higher-carb meals, healthy snacks and desserts, from Spiced Rice to Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse.
8 Techniques for a Safe Full-Body Workout
Joseph Pilates developed his method to align the body, encourage core strength and build muscles using specially devised apparatus. Practised improperly, however, Pilates’s moves can damage parts of the body. This guide, by a dance instructor and physical therapist, focuses on Reformer exercises and, using clear text and anatomical diagrams, describes eight movements, discusses how they could go wrong and suggests solutions.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
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
The author of this fitness manual is a former Royal Marine Commando, so he knows his subject. Here he delivers a plan not for super-fitness but to help prevent many of the health problems associated with ageing. There are exercises for muscle strength, cardiovascular health, joint mobility, flexibility, co-ordination and balance, coupled with advice on healthy eating, anti-ageing nutrition and weight management. Step-by-step photographs and concise text make the guide easy to use.