Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 8, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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Best-selling author Covert Bailey, the popular star of the PBS television series Covert Bailey's Fit or Fat, has already won many converts in his crusade to revolutionize America's thinking about health and fitness. Now comes his first new book in years, and it's easily his best yet. Smart Exercise is a feast of useful information and practical advice. Here is a comprehensive guide to exercise and training, an irreverent debunking of weight-loss myths, a lucid explanation of how our bodies stay fit or go fat. Most important, Smart Exercise reveals the secret to good health: fit muscles rule the body. Using his remarkable ability to teach and make you laugh at the same time, Covert vividly explains how muscles really function, describes the multiple benefits of a good workout, and shows why muscle efficiency is the key to lowering body fat and getting fit. Covert's famous sense of humor guarantees that you'll be entertained as you read these pages. But the real genius of this book is that it can motivate just about anyone to choose fitness over fatness. For Covert's millions of fans, and for everyone seriously interested in good health, Smart Exercise is essential reading.
 

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This is the BEST book on exercise you can get, and it should be required reading as part of a physical fitness program. It gives extremely valuable information about how to exercise to lose weight ... Read full review

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Very good book. Explained everything scientifically. I recommended to all trainers, beginners, athletes to read it.

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Contents

Coverts Prejudice
3
King Muscle
8
How Is Fitness Measured?
10
Oxygen Uptake and Performance
12
How Muscle Works Even the cheapest car comes with an owners manual What a shame that our magnificent Porschequality bodies dont I hope the f...
15
Our Obsession with Fat
17
The Primary Fuel
19
How Fats Move Around
21
Swimming and Walking People ask more questions about walking and swimming than about any other exercise Maybe its because everybody knows...
137
Fat Swimmers? an Update
139
She Walks He Jogs
145
Fit People Think Walking Is Too Hard
147
Will Walking Make Me Fit?
150
Before Exercise and After
155
Warming Up Before Exercise
157
How to Warm Up
160

How Muscles Use Fat
24
What Is an Enzyme?
27
Fat and Sugar Storage the Gas Tanks
29
The Krebs Cycle
32
Lactic Acid
34
Ketosis
37
Emaciated Runners
39
Fat People Are Sugar Burners
42
The Exercise Flush
46
Metabolism People often say My metabolism is slowing down What in the world are they talking about
49
Matches
51
The Rush to Rebuild Glycogen
54
How to Fix a Broken Heart
56
The Glycogen Window
57
How Fast Is Glycogen Replaced?
59
What Is Metabolism?
61
How Dieting Slows You Down
68
Exercise Basics This section is a how to that will rescue you from all the how to books
71
Aerobic Exercise Equals Systemic Exercise
73
Dont Depend on Heart Rate
75
Your Exercise Speedometer
78
A Set Point for Fitness
82
How Hard Should I Exercise?
86
The Aerobic Zone
88
How Often Should I Exercise?
91
Overtraining
93
How to Avoid Overtraining
96
How to Get Fit Fast
100
Bicycling versus CrossCountry Skiing
103
Cross Training
105
Natural Exercise versus Machines
108
Training This is the section that fat people might skip thinking that its not for them Dont skip it Most of the best stuff we know about getting rid of fa...
111
The Three Sources of Energy
113
Fat People and Slow Metabolism
119
WindSprint Theory
121
How to Do Wind Sprints
124
Wind Sprints for Very Fat People?
128
Training at Altitude
130
Is Performance Improved by Breathing Pure Oxygen?
133
Athletes Blood
134
Delayed Muscle Soreness
163
How to Prevent Sore Muscles
166
The Lowdown on Rubdowns
168
Measuring Your Own Fat and Fitness You can spend lots of dollars at fancy clinics getting fancy tests but nothing beats selfmeasurement Home tests l...
173
Coverts Home Fitness Test
175
The Home BodyFat Test
179
Potbellies and Thunder Thighs
188
The WaisttoHipRatio Test
192
Are Home Tests Really Useful?
194
Diet Tricks for Performance Of all the dietary manipulations that have been foisted on athletes only the ones listed below are worthy of discussion Le...
197
How Carbohydrate Loading Works
199
The CarboLoading Regimen
202
The Effects of Caffeine
206
The Gut and Gas
210
Sweating and Dehydration
213
The Physiology of Sweating
215
Who Sweats More Fit People or Fat People?
218
Myths about Sweating
220
Sports Drinks
222
How to Make More Muscle You dont have to be a bodybuilder to want more muscle Muscle does so much for you it pays to have a lot of it
227
How Much Protein Do We Really Need?
229
Do Weightlifters Need Extra Protein?
234
The Amino Acid Pool
236
How Do Muscles Grow?
239
Fast Twitch Slow Twitch
242
More about Lactic Acid
245
Do Men Have More FastTwitch Fibers?
247
Does the Type of Training Determine Fiber Type?
249
Can You Switch Your Twitch?
251
The Fat Weightlifter
254
Anabolic Steroids
256
The Payoff You could replace all the good information in this book with vigorous sport Just get involved and the benefits will roll in automatically
263
Exercise and Blood Pressure
265
Exercise and Cholesterol
268
Stress
271
Decreasing the Risk of Heart Attacks
274
The HollowLeg Syndrome
277
Are You a Mercedes or a Pinto?
282
Index
285
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About the author (1995)

Covert Bailey is a popular PBS personality and best-selling author on fitness and nutrition, whose Fit or Fat series of books has sold nearly 6 million copies. One of the first to emphasize body fat and body fat testing, he has taught millions of people about low-fat eating and adopting flexible exercise programs that are both fun and healthy. Covert Bailey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and received a M.S. degree in biochemistry from MIT. He likes to say that his training in graduate school was spent with fit rats and fat rats.

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