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Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit

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Best-selling author Covert Bailey has revolutionized thinking about health and fitness. Smart Exercise is a comprehensive guide to exercise and a lucid explanation of how our bodies stay fit or fat. Most important, Smart Exercise reveals the world's best-kept secret about fitness: keep your muscles in peak form and everything else will follow. Using his famous sense of hum
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 5th 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Co (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jan 19, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
It's getting a bit dated, but this is still one of the best "exercise" books I've found.
Bailey (my former phys ed prof at Missoula in 1978!) is well qualified, reliable, and funny. He's not afraid to say what he thinks, and what people really need to know. After this book, most things on exercise are just fluff ("eat this not that"). Covert goes into the biology and tells you Why. I keep rereading this book every few months.
Oct 11, 2007 Foxthyme rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Covert Bailey can relate exercise physiology like nobody else. He dispells exercise myths and clarifies the best ways to get the most out of your physical activity. How to be a 'better butter burner.' Forget all the fad stuff, go with Bailey.
Brian Wooden
Oct 09, 2014 Brian Wooden rated it it was amazing
The science of nutrition and body chemistry explained well enough to create your own diet and exercise program based on common sense, eschewing fads. Explains carb loading for those competing in endurance events too.
May 10, 2009 Laurence rated it liked it
Besides getting an easy education in the many chemical reactions that go into our metabolism, I came away with a resolution to warm up.
I am far from being a fitness fanatic, I just love to get out and move whenever I can.
This book was on Debbie's shelf and piqued my curiosity.
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Dec 19, 2014 Beate Bjørsnøs rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book! Interesting explanations (funny examples) and daring language towards lazy people. Unfortunately I think he might have selectively chosen his references to match hos theories. An update with a good source list would be nice.
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Feb 14, 2014 Edit Ostrom rated it it was amazing
Loved it. The only book ever to inspire me to exercise daily. Thanks, Covert Bailey!
Jul 07, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Jeff sent this to me and has been so excited for me to finish it....but I have been browsing through it for almost 2 years now!
Oct 09, 2012 Snohotom rated it really liked it
This book really taught me the basics of exercise fundementals. I highly recommend it.
Beth A.
Apr 03, 2008 Beth A. rated it really liked it
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I re-read this book whenever I am about to start an exercise program. It has a lot of great information about fitness and is very motivating.
Jan 20, 2016 Barry rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Authoritative but unnecessarily technical and hard to read in places.
Apr 28, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
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It's a bit out of date ... but Covert does a great job of explaining what's happening in your body when you exercise. Very accessible.
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