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

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Chapter 1

BODY WISDOM

Regardless of your age or current level of fitness, you can gradually play your way into better shape. Whether you have been a sedentary individual or a serious athlete, Creative Fitness can enhance your life. You can develop the enjoyable exercise and eating pattern that is right for you. Becoming fit does not require grueling workouts or a rigid diet, unless that is what you prefer. Whether you go to a gym or exercise at home, lift weights or do calisthenics, run or swim, square dance or do yard work, eat meat or are a vegetarian, is not as important as the fact that you derive pleasure from pursuing healthy activities.


GETTING STARTED

Creative Fitness involves developing your body wisdom and self understanding. Take into account your biological individuality and personality predispositions. Ask yourself some basic questions about your fitness goals. Your answers will help you focus on why you want to get in better shape.

Are you just beginning to consider ways to improve your fitness? Do you have a desire to lose weight and be perceived as more physically attractive? Are you a serious athlete continuing to strive for further improvement, new routines or ways to avoid “burnout”? Are you a parent searching for guidelines to help your child, as well as yourself, become more fit? Do you have increasing concern about maintaining your health and avoiding future physical dependency?

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