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Ranulph Fiennes: Fit For Life (Reach Your Personal Best - And Stay There) [Paperback]

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4 Nov 1999 Reach Your Personal Best - And Stay There
At last comes a book which stands out from the welter of fitness advice offered by improbably shaped models and musclemen. For Ranulph Fiennes, described by the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS as 'the world's greatest living explorer', physical fitness is no fad: it has enabled him to withstand the rigours of desert and glacier alike. The book includes research into body types and environmental effects; advice on self-motivation, diet and basic food control and guidance on avoiding stress, illness and injury. Beginning with basic exercises designed to help you maintain a minimum level of fitness and progressing through to training regimes tailored to those who are aiming for greater heights in sport, adventure or everyday life, FIT FOR LIFE provides practical help and encouragement to take you as far as you wish to go.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; New Ed edition (4 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316852635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316852630
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ranulph Fiennes' caution "only the fit survive" at the beginning of this book prepares the reader for what is much more than a post-binge fitness fad. For Fit for Life is, says Fiennes, a way of life; a manner of eating and exercise that can not only make you look better but which will also enhance your energy levels, improve your base fitness levels and probably prolong your life.

With the caveat that most of us probably wouldn't be up to polar expeditions (even if we did have the desire!) Fiennes goes on to convince even the most doubting couch potato that tip-top fitness is within everyone's reach. And the biggest surprise of the book is that he succeeds. Starting at a very low level--"The Fitness Basics"--is a very clever thing to do, because before you know it you have raced through the warm-up exercises, have finished the strength training section and are in the "Moving into the Top 2 Per Cent" chapter thinking "maybe I can run a marathon after all".

Step by step, Fiennes takes you through genetic disposition to laziness, what's good (and bad) to eat and how to choose a sport and start an exercise programme, all the time assuring you that he is really the laziest person in the world who has to be cajoled into movement before every super endurance, life-threatening trek or expedition he takes part in.

Illustrated extensively with photographs taking you through every recommended exercise, this book really is all you need (aside from motivation), whether you just want to reach a good general level of fitness and health, or go on and become an outstanding endurance athlete. Packed with sound advice, a number of training regimes for every level of fitness, (including the I-haven't-got-off-the-sofa-for- 20-years level) and a host of personal anecdotes and motivational tips, Fit for Life is a great fitness book for the real person. Trips to fashionable gyms and expensive lycra do not feature highly in this programme--personal motivation, outdoor sports and sensible eating do. A great antidote to the fitness fads of recent years. --Lucie Naylor

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Ranulph Fienne s' caution "only the fit survive" at the beginning of this book prepares the reader for what is much more than a post-binge fitness fad. For Fit for Life is, says Fiennes, a way of life; a manner of eating and exercise that can not only make you look better but which will also enhance your energy levels, improve your base fitness levels and probably prolong your life. (With the caveat that most of us probably wouldn't be up to polar expeditions (even if we did have the desire!) Fiennes goes on to convince even the most doubting couch potato that tip-top fitness is within everyone's reach. And the biggest surprise of the)

Step by step, Fiennes takes you through genetic disposition to laziness, what's good (and bad) to eat and how to choose a sport and start an exercise programme, all the time assuring you that he is really the laziest person in the world who has to be cajo (Illustrated extensively with photographs taking you through every recommended exercise, this book really is all you need (aside from motivation), whether you just want to reach a good general level of fitness and health, or go on and become an outstanding)

LUCIE NAYLOR, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I was 16 when I first read this book, I'm now 18 and still use the programmes. I hope to run a Marathon either this or next year. My mum read it and has lost 2 stone!!! Whatever you goal, weight loss, to build muscle, to be able to run marathons, or just to live a little longer and more healthily; this book will have advice and a programme for you to follow to get exactly what you want, if you are prepared to give up some time for exercise and re-stock the fridge! May I also recommend you check out some of Ranulph Fiennes novels, may sound like I'm working for him or something but I feel like I owe him something, thanks to this book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sceptic won over by this excellent book 12 July 2002
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I approached this book with some scepticism because of the vast number of badly written self help books, diet books and fitness books on the market. I am in my early forties and (like many)prone to putting on weight, but I have used gyms, trained and been interested in fitness training for many years, having read many books on the subject. I thought this book would be the equivalent of an anectodal after-dinner speech by the great celebrity explorer, with a bit of fitness and advice thrown in for good measure. To my surprise and continuing pleasure, I could not have been more wrong.
I have never read a book on this subject which combines so much practical advice with such readability and sheer interest. Unlike one reviewer, I do find myself dipping into it - there is so much information in it I feel I come away each time with an interesting snippet or at least a refreshing slant on a familiar topic.
The style is very readable - Fiennes gives it to you straight, and cuts to the chase, with little of the woolly rubbish included in many other "lifestyle" manuals. He is especially good on motivation (I suppose to be expected from someone who had to motivate himself to some fairly hefty achievements).
The chapter on the benefits of being fit is excellent, as are the sections on general food control. This is a very realistic book...
I think the system he sets out (for both exercise and food control) is very good indeed. He acknowledges that relapses are normal, and advises that as long as you know what you are doing and do it whenever you can, your fitness level will increase accordingly. Sound advice for those prone to fits of depression at the scale of the task facing them.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed... 4 Oct 2006
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Let's be straight about something -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes is a remarkable man and is a national treasure. If any of us could accomplish 1/10th of what he has, then we could consider our lives well lived indeed.

It is a shame, then, that I found this particular title so underwhelming. I purchased it on the back of the plethora of five star reviews on Amazon, but must confess to feeling slightly misled.

A lot of reviewers trumpet the motivational aspects of this book. Perhaps I'm becoming less perceptive over the years, but I saw no motivation of value. If anything, Fiennes comes across as a scaremonger and somewhat elitist; as another review pointed out, there is enough finger-pointing towards our imminent ills, ailments, diseases, inferior genetics and death that I almost wanted to give up the reading halfway through.

Then there is the practical stuff. I found his "Food Control" method disorganised, unclear and a touch dodgy (skipping breakfast anyone?). There are no set meal plans, but rather a long list of foods with a potted biography of each one. You will know what to stock your kitchen with, but do not expect to learn how to put together a dietary plan. I also did a bit of digging online, and found a review where Fiennes confessed that he didn't actually follow the nutritional guidelines he laid out in the book; to say I found it a touch hypocritical is an understatement. I mean, the guy has accomplished some remarkable physical feats, so why not be upfront about what he *really* does.

The exercise section is fairly bloated and uneven. Most of Fiennes' emphasis is on aerobic training, particularly walking and running.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for those who want some useful advice 10 Jan 2004
By Zorba VINE VOICE
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I bought this book a number of years ago. I had been advised to give up playing squash by a cardiologist (he said as I was past 30 that 'squash is a dead mans game' ) I wanted to develop my fitness levels and having been a social squash player I was starting from quite low base. The book takes you through a wide range of issues on fitness including diet and other factors. It helps you identify what you want to do; be it the gym, swimming, cycling, walking etc and provides clear and understandable guidance on how to set and realise achievable goals and then take them beyond if you wish to do so. I would recommend it to anyone interested in reviewing a fitness routine, or their attitude to health in general.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pithy and informative 8 Jan 2003
By A Customer
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Sir Ranulph's volume will appeal to all people who fall outside the Donny Osmondesque gym instructor books and the legion of Rosemary Conley type videos . If like me, anybody has interests in militaria, orienteering or outdoor pursuits then prancing round the lounge in a pink leotard in front of the DVD is all very embarrassing. The book is very informative and I really liked the 'to the point' style with info boxes listing foods to buy and which to ban. Fiennes stands like a rather menacing SAS doorman on the entrance to your pantry door-prohibiting substances which, he goes on to relate, can lead to all kinds of medical problems. This is not exactly a catalogue of exercise routines-though you will find photographic plates which cover the basics -it is a signpost to a more regimented and controlled phase of living which many thirty & forthy-somethings coming off the decadent 1990s will appreciate. It is in short a first class guide to organising food consumption and establishing fit living.
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3.0 out of 5 stars but expect the great man to provide good insights to indiana jones...
Not read it yet, but expect the great man to provide good insights to indiana jones type fitness!
Published 2 days ago by Normski
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for Life - and fit for all; not just fitness fanatics
A most remarkable book with many helpful hints for better, healthier living. In particular, Fiennes' solution for addressing arthritic problems echoes my own experience as taught... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mr. J. C. Burleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. would buy again
Fast delivery, well packaged, Great read. would buy again.
Published 1 month ago by Clifford Barfoot
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Great book, great bloke! ; )
Published 1 month ago by Lee Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Does exactly what it says on the tin (you could say) but whether I can stick to it is probably another matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for life
I have had this book for years. It is awesome in every respect. The best advice for motivation - Stand Up.
Published 8 months ago by J. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for life
Very well written and very simple and practical in it's approach to getting fit and being fit . Good work .
Published 9 months ago by Eternal Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School, No Gimmicks, Classic
I bought this book way back when it was first released in the paperback edition.
Ranulph Fiennes' philosophy is a straight forward, no nonsense, old school approach to getting... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Darkbloom
5.0 out of 5 stars All In One
This is a really great fitness and diet guide for anyone who is starting out or who (like myself) is already quite well read and experienceed in pursuing health and fitness. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Mr. Smeaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for life
Having 'hit a wall' in regards to my own fitness regime, I thought I would give this book a try. It's very down to earth and plain talking. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Roadsurfer71
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