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Fitness for Dummies Now in 4th Edition

The classic Fitness for Dummies is now out in the 4th edition with a revamped, 21st-Century version of the book that first appeared in the mid-1990s. As fitness expert co-authors Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent write, it does indeed cover fitness from all angles, can make you a savvy consumer of fitness products, and tell you stuff you want to know, such as how to measure your strength and fitness level; guidance on setting up a home gym; sample cardio and strength-training programs; and exercises for all ages and life stages.

I met Liz at the American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Writers’ Conference last Spring in New York, where she spoke about health books. I asked Liz to give me a head’s up on what’s new in this edition of Fitness for Dummies. Here’s what she said:

“We’ve updated the book to reflect all the changes that have happened to fitness — and the world — in the last few years. For example, we cover apps, social media and the Internet extensively for the first time.

We also cover changes in guidelines. For example, the blood pressure guidelines and some nutritional guidelines have changed drastically since the last edition. We also cover kids and seniors in separate chapters for the first time.”

And Liz gave me three tips to pass along:

Tip #1: There is a lot of free stuff on the Internet that can help you get in shape. You can join a Twitter or Facebook group and have a group of like-minded people help inspire your efforts. Or try to become the Foursquare mayor of your gym!

Tip #2: If you have an mp3 player, go to iTunes and download a podcast related to fitness – or just a podcast you are interested in. It’s free. You can learn to speak another language as you workout!

Tip #3: The weight loss and body mass index (BMI) guidelines are different for kids than for adults so be sure to review them carefully.

The book also provides tips on how to avoid common sports injuries. For example, to buy proper footwear, you need to know if you’re flat-footed or pronate (roll your foot to the inside when you step). A Technical Stuff sidebar describes a simple test — wet your foot and then step on a piece of paper — to show how high your arch is. You can also diagnose potential foot problems by looking at the bottom of your athletic shoes. You can find a diagram of telltale signs of foot abnormalities in the foot chapter of Sports Injury Handbook.

Chock-full of easy-to-find information, the new edition of Fitness for Dummies is a great edition to anyone’s fitness bookshelf.