Jan 2, 2011

Get Energy! by Denise Austin

With busy schedules, demanding careers, and little time, many of us battle just to stay awake. But energy is something that is in our control, even when time is short. Now 50 years young, fitness guru Denise Austin shows readers how to super-charge their lives, using her innovative lifestyle plan. She eats the right foods at the right time of day. She uses the power of stretching and breathing to feed her body with energy-enhancing oxygen. She uses mini-workouts to get energy even on her busiest days--and now you can too!

Denise shows how simple changes can add up to increased energy levels throughout the day. From the foods they consume to the way they sit in their chairs, readers won't believe how Denise's quick and easy plan will dramatically increase their energy levels. In as little as a week, results will be felt: radiant skin, more restful sleep, and a sharper mind...so follow Denise Austin and prepare for a fitness wake-up call!


A native of San Pedro, California, Denise Austin started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in exercise physiology. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to co-host the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981.

During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 82 workout videos/DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame.

Denise has been married for 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They share a home with their two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.


A new year brings personal resolutions to begin and maintain a healthier lifestyle. And what better way to accomplish new goals than with a book titled Get Energy!

This book is filled with motivational ways to increase our energy by stretching, muscle-firming, changing our outlook on life, recharging with people power, and so much more. Each of these energy "prescriptions" is broken into manageable segments, and this book seems totally realistic and possible to follow.

I especially enjoyed the Personal Energy Plan Worksheet, which helped to do a thorough analysis of my lifestyle, showing exactly where I could make positive, energizing changes.

Here's an "Energy Emergency!" tip that made me smile:

Fight dinner-hour drowsiness with a song. Do you tend to get drowsy around dinnertime? Me too! It's because our bodies are exposed to the stress hormone cortisol all day, and our nervous systems are frazzled. To banish the dinner-hour drowsies, sing aloud for ten minutes. Melodic tones generate soothing vibrations in the brain that help reduce the output of cortisol.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Get Energy! from Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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