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New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program is a lot of words for a fitness title: enough to warn readers expecting the usual diet approach that, perhaps, this is something different ... Read full review
New Jump Swing Healthy Aging and Athletic Nutrition Program is a lot of words for a fitness title: enough to warn readers expecting the usual diet approach that, perhaps, this is something different. Add the mention under the author's name that Thomas is a three-times Guinness World Record holder and you have yet another indicator that this won't be a quick, easy read, and is not a recommendation for fitness readers who want a 'miracle program' promising fast results with minimal effort.
Instead it's an unusual dual focus on the author's customized martial arts routines combined with a vegetarian nutrition regimen; so be forewarned: those not already interested in getting involved in such a program should look elsewhere … but then, those who aren't interested in real change involving increased vitality and healthy routines shouldn't be looking in this direction, in general.
The Guinness World Records mentioned are in public speaking, and this talent is reflected in discussions that blend a history of nutritional approaches with a specific health and fitness program pairing the approach of Bruce Lee with some thirty years of research by the author, who delves into sports nutrition and common aging challenges alike.
Thomas (61 yrs old) has been the celebrity chairperson for the American Heart Associations Jump Rope for Heart campaign Hawaii chapter for over 21 years. He has taught and continues to teach his fitness and nutrition program to over 60% of the Hawaii school system including colleges and universities along with most of Hawaii's fitness clubs.
There's a lot of jumping around (so to speak) in this book's topics: readers who want a narrower focus will find the approach broad and demanding. Chapters are packed with wide-ranging discussions, from the dangers of bread and caffeine in energy drinks to selected common barriers to health during the aging process and how to use nutrition and fitness to overcome them. As a Social Security Disability advocate, Thomas knows from first hand experience the end results of not maintaining ones health and fitness.
That's a lot to pack in to some 200 pages - and a lot to digest. It's evident that this program and approach is not for casual readers who would only lightly pursue a course of fitness and nutrition, but for the reader already committed to a blend of vegetarian nutrition, martial arts-enhanced exercise, and change.
Challenging and demanding? You bet. Passionate and well-detailed? Absolutely. Nobody ever said fitness would be an easy pursuit.
Donald "Spiderman" Thomas's specifics are a satisfying alternative to the plethora of 'pop health' books on the market, and are recommended for those already on a similar course (i.e. a vegetarian perspective and attention to personal and planetary health alike) who want more details on how to achieve better, lasting health as the body ages.