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Faith-Based Fitness: The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual Motivation to Achieve Maximum Health and Add Years to Your Life [Paperback]

By Kenneth H. Cooper (Author)
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Item description for Faith-Based Fitness: The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual Motivation to Achieve Maximum Health and Add Years to Your Life by Kenneth H. Cooper...

The world's leading expert on physical fitness, gives "couch potatoes" the key to proper spiritual motivation to unlock health and long life.

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If you find yourself talking about health and fitness, but never achieving your goal, take heart―you're not alone. Research shows that in spite of the fitness craze and constant studies showing the value of exercise and proper nutrition, nearly forty-eight million adults in the United States lead sedentary lives, with one third of us overweight.

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's "Faith-Based Fitness" helps you turn your words into action with a comprehensive, on-target regimen that pinpoints the relationship between spiritual faith and physical health. Known as the "Father of Aerobics," Dr. Cooper now reveals the link between spirituality and exercise and nutrition that will enable you to:

  • Live a longer, more energetic life
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the chance of cancer
  • Develop a stronger immune system
  • Handle stress and balance your emotional outlook
  • Experience fewer backaches and headaches

"Dr. Cooper tells us why belief in God can lead to better health and fitness. I urge individuals to give themselves the spiritual checkup prescribed by him in this significant book. . . . I heartily commend "Faith-Based Fitness" to you." ―Rev. Billy Graham

""Faith-Based Fitness" is a breakthrough book by a medical doctor to call our attention to the fact that all of the prescriptions for physical fitness . . . are incomplete and inadequate without the infusion of positive belief in God who created this remarkable organism and designed it to be a source of amazing energy―physical, mental and spiritual." ―Dr. Robert H. Schuller, bestselling author of "Prayer: My Soul's Adventure with God"

""Faith-Based Fitness" is the classic example of a book written to take you from where you are to where you would like to be―physically. More importantly, it ties physical condition to spiritual reality." ―Zig Ziglar, President of The Zig Ziglar Corporation

"Finally, Dr. Ken Cooper has given us the long-sought link between faith and fitness. If your beliefs are important to you―and you want to get into better shape―"Faith-Based Fitness" is the book for you." ―Tom Landry, Former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785271376  
ISBN13  9780785271376  
UPC  020049071373  

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More About Kenneth H. Cooper

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., MPH, is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on preventive medicine and as the man who started a worldwide fitness revolution with his international bestsellerAerobics. Now in his seventies, Dr. Ken Cooper is a testament to the benefits of lifelong fitness, remaining an avid skier and competitive race-walker. In addition to his work at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic and Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, he is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and spokesperson for the "no trans fat" movement. The Coopers' research arm, the Cooper Institute, continues its work investigating how preventive medicine can help us lead longer, healthier lives.
Tyler C. Cooper, M.D., MPH, is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a preventive medicine specialist, an athlete, and the founder of Cooper Ventures, which strives to help people incorporate healthy living into every aspect of their lives. Doctors Ken and Tyler Cooper both live in Dallas.
William Proctor has worked on twelve books with Dr. Ken Cooper, including theNew York TimesbestsellerControlling CholesterolandControlling Cholesterol the Natural Way."

Kenneth H. Cooper currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Faith-based Fitness The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual Motivation To Achieve Maximum Health And Add Years To Your Life?

From a personal trainer  Nov 24, 2006
Dr Cooper has long been at the front of fitness and conditioning. His institute in Dallas, Texas is where world class people go to improve.

This book which ties the spiritual aspect to the normal physical and mental parts of fitness completes the circle where people live. Without the spiritual there is almost always something that is missing. When performing at increasingly higher levels people need to know that there is more to be had and that it is available.

Dr Cooper continues to pioneer and then make his findings known. I am sure this will have a similar impact to his concept of aerobics.
Faith-based Fitness The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual  Sep 28, 2003
In Faith-Based Fitness, Dr Cooper writes, "Do I believe my body is good and worthy of being treated as a creation of God?" He challenged me to ask myself this question, and it has changed my life. I will never be the same.
Excellent resource for the budding fitness enthusiast  Apr 21, 2001
This is the first book by Cooper that I read. And it is an excellent resource for the person wanting to get into shape. Cooper presents all the information one needs to get started and stay motivated.

What makes this book unique is the Christian orientation Cooper gives to fitness. He states, "... the belief required for a `fitness conversion' involves a conviction about your body and health that should be an outgrowth of your basic spiritual worldview" (p. 17).

So the faith that Cooper is referring to in the title is not just a belief in the importance of fitness but one that is an outgrowth of strong spiritual convictions. Such a faith would include the belief that the body is sacred and should be taken care of. He even includes a chapter of soul-searching questions for the reader to ask to determine your spiritual state as it relates to your health and suggestion for improving it.

The bulk of the book is occupied with giving specific workout schedules to follow for starting an exercise program. These include exercises for increasing ones level of endurance, flexibility, and strength. Cooper outlines programs for walking, jogging, cycling (both outdoor and stationary bikes), and swimming. So the reader can choose what type of exercise most fits you and have a detailed routine to follow. If you stick with the routines you are sure to increase your level of fitness. And Cooper provides encouragements along the way to help you stay motivated. He even dispels some exercise myths that might discourage the budding exercise enthusiast.

I read this book at a time when I was really making an effort to get back into shape. I didn't follow the specific routines Cooper gives, but I did get many good ideas from reading this book. It gave me a standard by which to measure my fitness levels. And I appreciated the fact that Cooper is a Christian and looks at the spiritual side of health, even citing a few Bible verses along the way.

So if the reader has allowed yourself to get out of shape as I did, I would strongly encourage you attain this book to help you get motivated and to give you the information you need to begin improving your health.

This book provides such a good treatment on how to go about starting an exercise routine that I refer to it in the chapter on this subject in my book "Creationist Diet: Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible." My book provides an overview of the most important points one needs to know, and Cooper's book provides the details.

Taking aerobics to a new level  Apr 8, 2000
I bought this book hoping for more motivation to exercise. As a Christian, I understand the concept of prayer and knowing God's plan for my health. Dr. Kenneth Cooper has established himself as the "father of aerobics" but this book takes the importance of exercise to a spiritual level as a motivation to obtain health.

Reading this book made me rethink my responsibility in taking care of myself as God intended. Many of the ills we experience are brought on by not following the simple health guidelines in the Bible. Also, Dr. Cooper discusses the mind/body connection in obtaining optimum fitness levels and healing.

Included in the book are fitness programs for walking, treadmills, jogging, bicycling, etc. It brings together both spirituality and fitness as ideal partners in establishing a healthy body and mind.


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