Creative Fitness: Applying Health Psychology and Exercise Science to Everyday Life

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APPRECIATING YOUR BIOLOGICAL INDIVIDUALITY

Your body is your most valuable resource. Do the best you can to take care of yourself by making regular exercise and nutritious eating a priority. Pursue playful, healthful activities while improving your digestion, bone regeneration, and immune system functioning as well as your stamina, flexibility, and muscular strength. Keeping fit reduces your risk of premature death from debilitating illnesses such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Live longer, healthier, and better by developing the enjoyable exercise and eating pattern that’s right for you.

Jim, a 33-year-old father of four, is currently eastern regional manager for a large pharmaceutical company. Until a few years ago, he had always questioned the need for regular exercise. He had assumed that occasional but rather strenuous weekend sports endeavors were enough to keep him healthy. Only after suffering a severe heart attack did Jim become aware of the importance of engaging more consistently in moderately intense fitness activities. He is now grateful that he has had a second chance to learn the value of staying in shape.

Friends and co-workers sometimes joke with 45-year-old Millie, a tax attorney, about her daily calisthenic and walking endeavors. Even during the busiest of times, she does not waiver from her playful exercise pattern. Millie’s determination to stay fit began during her teenage years when she was confronted with a tragic lesson about the risks of a sedentary lifestyle. Her obese mother developed adult-onset diabetes and died before

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