Health and Fitness
Pilates Made Easy
From the Number One Women's Health Magazine
For those who want to practise Pilates regularly at home, this easy-to-follow guide provides a safe and effective programme suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. There are concise instructions accompanying step-by-step photographs that demonstrate every exercise in beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts. The book includes a pull-out visual guide to use during a workout – to see at a glance what comes next.
The Pilates Bible
Written by three experts, including bestselling author Lynne Robinson, The Pilates Bible includes exercises for all levels of experience, which are combined into workouts of varying lengths. A chapter on health gives advice on conditions such as arthritis, back pain and knee injuries, and there are sections for antenatal and postnatal exercises too. The benefits of each exercise are explained and photos clearly show every stage, with helpful tips highlighting what to watch out for on each one.
We know that wholegrains should form a significant part of our diet; this imaginative book of over 150 recipes tempts us to use them creatively. It covers grains from around the world, from amaranth to wild rice, with an in-depth look at the culinary uses and nutritional benefits of each one. There are recipes for every meal, from breakfast cereals, pancakes and waffles, through cous cous and pasta, polenta and risottos, to cakes, cookies and sweets.
Fitness After 40
How to Stay Strong at Any Age
The author, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, has created an exercise programme specifically designed to target the fitness and performance of more mature adults. Through a measured but determined approach, she shows how to improve flexibility and strength to stay fit and look great, so you need not be merely 'a bad sequel to your 20-year-old self'. Although written for an American market, the text easily translates to a British readership and the exercises are universal.
A Practical Approach to Healing Common Back Ailments
The problems of back and neck pain have reached epidemic proportions, resulting in widespread suffering and loss of productivity. Healing Back looks at the causes and symptoms of spinal ailments and examines strategies for dealing with them. The emphasis is on the understanding of good posture and the integration of stretching, strengthening and healing exercises into daily life, but the book also provides information on remedial therapies, including alternative treatments such as acupuncture and shiatsu massage.
Neal's Yard Remedies
Cook, Brew, and Blend Your own Herbs
Neal's Yard Remedies have built a reputation for health-promoting products derived from natural ingredients. Based on their tried and tested recipes, this book contains step-by-step instructions for making medicines for common ailments; natural balms, creams and soaps; and herbal teas, smoothies, salads and soups for general wellbeing. There is also a comprehensive illustrated reference to 100 of the most useful herbs, with information on their uses, where to forage and how to grow and harvest them.
Cut The Carbs!
The Australian-born food and travel writer Tori Haschka presents ‘100 recipes to help you ditch white carbs and feel great’. The dishes come from far and wide – soups from Turkey, Tuscany and Peru, a tagine from Morocco, pudding from Salzburg - but Haschka’s versions cleverly banish the white carbohydrates: there are beans where once potatoes ruled, cauliflower ‘couscous’, and ground flaxseed and ground almonds instead of flour in the Almond Blueberry Pancakes.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally
Beginning with an overview of nutrition and food safety, this directory explains the links between nutrition and health and includes features on topics such as dietary supplements, travel and food, and glycemic index. Part 2 comprises an A-Z of more than 170 foods - from acorn squash to zucchini - with details of their nutritional benefits and risks; and Part 3 lists over 100 health problems, with advice on which foods to eat to help the condition and which to avoid.
The Stress Management Workbook
This workbook uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you manage stress. It features diagnostic tests and practical advice to teach you how to develop strategies to recognize and control the stress triggers in your life, and improve your communication skills, resilience, confidence and wellbeing.
All That Matters
What is stress, how can we understand it, and how can we strip away the myths that surround it? Here a leading health psychologist presents a concise and accessible introduction to stress, explaining what produces it, why people vary in their response to stress, its short- and long-term effects, its relation to physiological illness and its flipside - the relaxation response. Part of the All That Matters series.
Pilates works by using low-impact exercises and stretches to build flexibility and muscle strength in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back, putting emphasis on developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance. This DVD and illustrated book, written and introduced by leading Pilates instructor Lynne Robinson, take you through a series of 20 simple routines focused on toning and shaping your bottom. Boxed set.
A Natural History
Why does time speed up as you get older? Why aren't the wrinkle creams working? What am I here for now? A vet with a particular interest in evolutionary zoology, Bainbridge brings a new perspective to the mid-life 'crisis'. Explaining the science behind the physical, mental and emotional changes men and women experience between 40 and 60, he reveals the evolutionary and personal benefits of middle age - a uniquely human phenomenon.
Paleo: Monday to Friday
A Diet So Good You Can Take the Weekend Off!
The Paleo diet eliminates heavily processed foods, replacing them with fresh meat and fish, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables - and the health benefits are so dramatic that you can stray at the weekend and still lose weight. Here the bestselling author of The Paleo Diet shares 100 highly varied recipes that are easy to shop for and simple to prepare - from Kale and Eggs and Berry Compote to Tomato Soup, Grilled Salmon Salad, Meatloaf, Pad Thai and Apple Pie.
Health and Wellbeing
This is an easy-to-use guide to yoga, from getting started to developing your practice. An introduction describing the many benefits of yoga is followed by step-by-step explanations of all the main poses, organized by type and difficulty. Once these are mastered, there are sequences of poses to follow for beginners and the more experienced, helpful lists of poses targeted at specific purposes, and chapters on breath control and meditation.
How to Stop Smoking
30 Solutions to Suit You
Giving up smoking is notoriously difficult, so this detailed guide from a hypnotherapist and life coach is welcome. It offers advice on overcoming the reasons that might be stopping you, along with practical solutions tailored to different personalities and types of smoker. There is motivational support for the tough days, and inspiration for keeping your eyes on the prize of remaining a non-smoker for good.
Live Longer, Look Younger
In Twenty Easy Steps
This comprehensive but accessible guide to slowing the ageing process first outlines 20 key steps to take, including advice on diet - such as eat more fruit, enjoy a glass of red wine and switch to olive oil - and lifestyle, such as be more sociable and think positively. Part two focuses on anti-ageing tips for different areas of the body. The text is packed with detailed, expert information and common sense.
Free Yourself from Back Pain
In this practical guide Noel Kingsley explains how you can apply the Alexander Technique to daily life and shows how most people can prevent back pain and muscular tension by learning to eliminate harmful postural habits and restore free and expansive natural poise. The book's lively and informative text is accompanied by colour photographs and artwork showing what not to do as well as how to improve the way you tackle basic activities such as standing, sitting, driving, bending and carrying. Slightly off-mint.
Walking for Weight Loss
The Easy, Practical Way to Get in Shape
As a refreshing alternative to complicated aerobic routines and over-priced gym memberships, walking is a form of exercise that is free, enjoyable and a natural part of everyday life. Fitness consultant Lucy Knight explains how you really can lose weight by walking - all you need to do is correct your posture and your technique, work on your stride, speed up your pace and change your focus to transform the daily saunter into a fat-burning power-walk.
Pilates for Life
How to Improve Strength, Flexibility and Health over 40
With age comes reduced flexibility, which can affect our posture and strength and further compromise fitness. This collection of targeted Pilates routines has been developed to help with common age-related conditions, from recovering from a hip replacement to alleviating the effects of osteoarthritis. Illustrated with colour demonstration photographs, the book is a complete programme of exercises for strengthening muscles, easing back problems, keeping joints supple and preventing common aches and pains.
Our Bodies After 60
How to Embrace the Great Stuff of Getting Older
We're living longer than ever, and we have every reason to make the years beyond retirement as happy and fulfilling as we can. This illustrated guide describes countless ways to enhance your health and boost your energy after 60. As well as exercises for keeping both mind and body supple, it includes advice on eating, drinking, breathing and sleeping well, protecting yourself against ailments such as heart disease and diabetes and, crucially, enjoying yourself.
You Are What You Eat
Total Health Overhaul
Working on the assumption that once you understand exactly what those greasy chips are doing to your arteries, it will be much easier to say no, this book explains why some things are bad for us and offers a total programme of realistic - and tasty - alternatives to change the way we eat. The 'kick-start plan' maps out the first four weeks of a new life of healthy eating and exercise, then you can graduate to the 'forever plan'.
Healthy Eating for Diabetes
Chef Antony Worrall Thompson, who suffered from the pre-diabetes Syndrome X, teamed up with a dietician to create the 100 recipes presented here alongside scientific information from a leading diabetes research charity. With exciting dishes for every meal of the day, including Salmon Timbales, Thai Fish Soup, Tuscan-Style Lamb and Poached Figs in Red Wine, you can enjoy your food while benefiting your overall health and improving your diabetes outlook.
The Paleo Diet
Food Your Body is Designed to Eat
As an overweight young adult, Daniel Green lost 4 1/2 stone by cutting out gluten, dairy, bad fats and bad carbohydrates and he has never put the weight back on. With recipes for breakfasts, light meals, soups, salads, side dishes, dinners and desserts, his book shows how simple it is to create delicious and nourishing meals from fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, nuts and seeds, and proves how a Paleo lifestyle can keep you healthy while still enjoying gourmet dishes.
Low Carb Revolution
Comfort Eating for Good Health
Following a diet that is low in carbohydrates is widely recognized by healthcare professionals as the fastest way to lose weight, but how to do without the potatoes, bread, pasta and rice? This collection of recipes substitutes vegetables like celeriac or pumpkin for potatoes, lettuce leaves for hamburger baps and makes 'Low Carb' painless with dishes such as Curried Chicken and Coconut Soup, Chilli Roast Pork Belly and Oven-Baked Bubble and Squeak.
Idiot's Guides: Pilates
This is a comprehensive guide to Pilates, the fitness programme that emphasizes core strength, for both beginners and the more experienced. Each exercise is illustrated in sequential photos and explained in detail. Tips on correct breathing and alignment of the neck, spine, pelvis and hips help you to make the most of each move. Also included are full routines for three skill levels, and others tailored to specific sports. American spelling.
5:2 Your Life; How the Revolutionary 5:2 Approach can Transform
Your Health, Wealth and Happiness
The basic principle of the 5:2 diet is that you eat normally for five days and limit calorie intake for two. Emma Cook, a Guardian journalist specializing in parenting and psychology, builds on her own positive experience to expand that principle beyond eating to other areas of life - drinking, fitness, finance, work, relationships and environment - and shows how it can transform your health, wealth and happiness.
Stronger and Fitter for Life
Feel Better, Live Better, Age Better
Many people see fitness training as something for younger people, or feel daunted by gyms and pumping iron. Personal trainer Graeme Marsh shows that you can do exercise no matter what your age or current level of fitness. Packed with colour photographs showing you how to do a range of exercises, this book will help you feel better, live better and age better.
Eat Your Way to a Healthier Life
In this directory from Neal's Yard Remedies, the award-winning natural health and beauty company, three experts describe the healing properties of more than 175 foods, ranging from apples to algae, and including medicinal herbs, spices and fermented foods. Following the ingredients are more than 150 'recipes that heal', with ideas for all types of meals, including eating plans tailored to specific health concerns. Finally, there are charts of vitamin and mineral supplements and an index by health area.