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Fit at mid-life : a feminist fitness journey / Samantha Brennan & Tracy Isaacs.
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9781771641678
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Vancouver : Greystone Books, [2018]

©2018
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ix, 274 pages ; 23 cm
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A uniquely feminist approach to how women can break free from what society thinks and get active in their forties, fifties, and beyond. Drawing from their personal experiences as well as the latest research, Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs deliver a wealth of concrete advice on everything from how to keep bones strong to what types of fitness activities give the biggest returns. Empowering and relatable, the book shows how women can best take charge of their health and be active - no matter what their shape, size, age, or ability.
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A uniquely feminist approach to how women can break free from what society thinks and get active in their forties, fifties, and beyond.

What if you could be fitter now than you were in your twenties? And what if you could achieve it while feeling more comfortable and confident in your body than ever before?

In this empowering, accessible book, bloggers and professors Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs offer a new approach to fitness--one that champions strength, health, and personal accomplishment over weight loss and aesthetics. They share their own experiences of getting active later in life and explore the many challenges, questions, and issues women face when seeking fitness in their forties, fifties, and beyond. Drawing from the latest research and their popular blog Fit Is a Feminist Issue, they deliver a wealth of concrete advice on everything from how to keep bones strong to what types of fitness activities give the biggest returns.

Taking a feminist perspective, the authors also challenge society's default whats, whys, and hows of every aspect of getting fit to show how women can best take charge of their health--no matter what their shape, size, age, or ability.


Author Notes

Samantha Brennan, PhD, is Dean of the College of Arts at the University of Guelph , President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, and an editor at the Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. She is also co-founder, with Tracy Isaacs, of Fit is a Feminist Issue, a popular blog offering feminist reflections on fitness, sport, and health.



Tracy Isaacs, PhD, is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and a Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. Fit at Mid-Life is her second non-fiction book. She is also co-founder, with Samantha Brennan, of Fit is a Feminist Issue, a popular blog offering feminist reflections on fitness, sport, and health.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Part 1 Feminist Fitness and Fittest by 50 Challenge
1 Introducing the Fittest by 50 Challengep. 3
2 Older and Wiserp. 8
3 Feminist Fitness Is for Everyonep. 17
4 The FB50 Challenge: The First Six Months-Tracy's and Sam's Storiesp. 28
Part 2 Motivation: Why Get Fit?
5 Sure, Let's Get Fit, but Fit for What?p. 67
6 Love Your Body Now: Moving beyond Body Hatred, Food Deprivation, and Yo-Yo Dietingp. 70
7 Competitive? Who, Me?p. 83
8 The FB50 Challenge: Six Months to One Year-Tracy's and Sam's Storiesp. 86
Part 3 Method: A How-to for Feminist Fitness
9 Hey, Girl! The Feminization of Fitnessp. 123
10 Exercise in Everyday Lifep. 136
11 Let's Move! Taking Care of Our Cardio Healthp. 149
12 The FB50 Challenge: One Year to 18 Months-Tracy's and Sam's Storiesp. 166
Part 4 Maintenance: Fitness into Your Future
13 Muscles, Strength, and Mobilityp. 193
14 Families and Fitnessp. 205
15 Keeping It Realistic: Achieving a Sustainable Routinep. 215
16 The FB50 Challenge: The Last Six Months-Tracy's and Sam's Storiesp. 238
Epilogue: Life after 50 and Reflections on the FB50 Challengep. 263
Notesp. 269

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