According to the author, your health should be the number one concern in your life. If it isn't, your life could be shortened considerably. Even modest exercise helps prolong life, according to medical researchers at Harvard and Stanford universities quoted in the book. In fact, in a study involving some 17,000 middle-aged men and women, scientists concluded that Americans should undertake some form of regular exercise, such as brisk walks, to help ward off cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
"Low-Stress Fitness" is a book that will inspire the reader to set up an exercise schedule and follow it on a regular basis. Dr. Kenneth Cooper has been quoted as saying: "Our bodies are designed to last us 120 years. The reason they don't is not because of a design deficiency, but because of the way we treat our bodies." Most doctors will tell you that all you have to do is dedicate a small part of your day to the pursuit of fitness.
The rewards will be bountiful. You'll feel, look and sleep better. You can improve digestion and your cardiovascular system. You'll have fewer physical complaints, aches and pains, and greater resistance to common illnesses such as colds and the flu.
According to the philosphy of the author, "whatever exercise you do, it should be fun; it should have variety; and it should be free of rigid time schedules."
After learning how the author got involved in exercise and keeping fit, we are shown the Seven Golden Rules of Fitness: Think positive thoughts only; turn your dreams into goals; set realistic time schedules; take advantage of aerobic benefits; adopt a better diet; learn to listen to your body; and learn to control your moods.
The rest of the book is devoted to explaining the benefits derived from stretching ("stretching will improve a body awareness"), walking ("the beauty of walking is that it's one of the easiest, most natural, graceful and mildest of exercises"), bicycling ("your mind can free itself of stress as you relax and experience the carefree feeling created by rhythmic pedaling") and swimming ("considered the best exercise to tone shoulders, arms, waistline, hips and legs -- all at the same time!").
If readers follow the low-stress fitness program outlined in this book, they may improve their health, something that is really worthwhile. This type of program can be started by people of any age, and is sometimes referred to as an "easy-does-it" exercise plan.