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The 30-Minute Fitness Solution

The 30-Minute Fitness Solution

A Four-Step Plan for Women of All Ages

JoAnn Manson, M.D., Patricia Amend, M.A.

ISBN 9780674004795

Publication date: 04/16/2001

Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise--even walking--can save your life. This is the powerful message that Dr. JoAnn Manson--of the lead investigators of both the Women's Health Initiative and the Nurses' Health Study--and her coauthor Patricia Amend want to send to American women.

Regardless of the barriers you may face--too busy, too tired, too "down," or too old--with this four-step practical plan you'll find the excuses falling away and a happier, healthier self emerging. This book offers not only state-of-the-art information from recent medical research but step-by-step instructions on how to get started and maintain a physically active lifestyle. The authors will help you choose a "core" activity that doesn't disrupt your daily life. Then they will show you how to measure your fitness level at the start, how to monitor your progress over time, and how to reward yourself for your efforts. These four simple steps to fitness will work no matter who you are--25 or 75, harried mother or overworked professional (or both), in good health or living with a chronic disease.

The authors have included a clearly illustrated program of stretching and strength-training exercises; sensible activities for women with health concerns; an intelligent weight-loss plan; guidelines for selecting home exercise equipment and choosing a health club; and much more. With over 100 illustrations, questionnaires, and checklists, this book has everything you need to feel good, look better, and live longer, starting today--it's all just 30 minutes away.


  • Finally, a book that not only discusses the 30-minute fitness solution, but also talks about various health issues that women face or may face in the future. JoAnn Manson and Patricia Amend are truly Champions of Women's Health.

    —Pat Schroeder


  • JoAnn Manson, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Preventive Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. She has done extensive research on the health benefits of exercise.
  • Patricia Amend, M.A., is a health writer and exercise specialist.

Book Details

  • 304 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press