Fit and Fabulous after Forty
Turn on the television or open any pop culture magazine and there they are-- dazzling age 40-plus women who refuse to give in to aging. Tina Turner, Rene Russo, Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, and Sela Ward, to name just a few, have redefined what it means to be a woman over forty. Energetic and upbeat, they radiate health, vitality and are living proof that true beauty is ageless.
Well, it may be ageless, but it's not effortless. Keeping that youthful glow means building healthy habits and setting priorities, and no one knows that better than Denise Austin. At 43, she is America's favorite fitness expert, as well as a busy wife, mother, and businesswoman. She knows firsthand the physical changes that accompany aging and the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the midst of a hectic family life. But today, Austin looks and feels half her age and glows with a seemingly endless supply of energy. Instead of giving in to aging, Austin tackled it head-on. She shares the secret of her success in Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock (Broadway Books; March 13, 2001; $24.95).
Many women experience a number of unsettling symptoms as they enter their forties. Their waistlines expand; they feel fatigued. They notice subtle changes in skin texture, and their hair is not as shiny. Sleep is interrupted; moods are unpredictable. The stress of managing work, family and aging parents shows up in dark circles under the eyes. Despite what the ads would have you believe, there are no crash diets, expensive wrinkle creams, or magic pills that work overnight. But Denise Austin has developed a breakthrough program—a simple, natural and realistic plan--to halt these changes in their tracks.
It's not about thinness or about looking twenty again. It's about feeling great, being comfortable in your clothes, and having the energy to thoroughly enjoy your family, friends, and work--in short, your life. In Fit and Fabulous After 40, Austin introduces her "Anti-Aging Pyramid," a safe and effective five-step plan for achieving and maintaining optimal health. Comprehensive and designed for today's non-stop lifestyle, the plan teaches women how to age gracefully and live life to the fullest by focusing on essential elements of being your best: Exercise, nutrition, health care, beauty, and positive mental attitude.
After nearly 25 years in the health and fitness business, Austin has learned what works and what doesn't. She knows the fads from the facts and has helped women of all ages stay vital, keep active, and look good, too. Along the way, she has collected the best, medically sound practices that help turn back the clock. Now in Fit and Fabulous After 40, she supplies...
- Sensible workout strategies for flexibility, balance, and all levels of fitness, as well as toning exercises for the most common problem areas.
- The 9 Anti-Aging Strategies Cheat Sheet, featuring simple approaches to boosting metabolism, reducing wrinkles, and much more.
- The Turn Back the Clock Meal Plan, including shopping lists, nutritional information, and a week's worth of delicious, healthful menus.
- Simple beauty regimens to improve your skin and hair, including a 5-minute natural face-lift.
- A list of the ten ultimate age-defying foods.
- Tips to avoid "The 10 Age Accelerators."
- The 28-Day Challenge, a gradual plan for adding healthy new habits to your life.
Chock full of practical age-defying advice, Fit and Fabulous After 40 covers common diet dilemmas, ways to stay motivated, and anti-gravity exercises that target the five areas of the body that sag with age. From its "Gauge Your Age Quiz" that assesses how your body is really aging, to an appendix filled with slimming bonus recipes, Austin's book is a one-stop resource for any woman who wants to look and feel her best—at every age.
About the author: Denise Austin is the host of Lifetime Television's Denise Austin's Fit and Lite and Denise Austin's Daily Workout, the #1 daily fitness show in America. The creator of more than thirty best-selling exercise videos and the author of the national best-sellers Jump Start, Hit the Spot!, and Lose Those Last Ten Pounds, she has written for the Washington Post and Healthy Living magazine and is the designer of her own signature line of active wear and workout equipment. She has been twice appointed Chairman of the Virginia Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports and was awarded the title of Healthy American Fitness Leader by the President's Council on Fitness and Sports. She lives with her husband and two daughters outside Washington, D.C.