The benefits of personal heath and fitness have been shown to lead not only to fat loss, increased muscular strength and a more efficient circulatory system but also improved general wellbeing in all areas of everyday life. This comprehensive practical book will show you step-by-step how to fight the flab, strengthen and tone muscle, and enjoy increased vitality and a more positive outlook on life, no matter what your age or gender. This accessible book explains clearly how to assess your current level of fitness and how and why you should set goals that will help you get the most from your workouts. The main part of the book focuses on how to improve the strength and efficiency of your heart and lungs - your cardiovascular system - through all the most popular exercises, sports and pastimes, from basic walking, through running and cycling, to swimming and boxercise. Then, learn how to strengthen your body and develop the core muscle groups with the best and most effective resistance training exercises, using dumbbells and fixed weight machines, both at home or in the gym. Getting fitter and stronger is also about learning to exercise safely, using the correct techniques. The book goes on to show you how to maintain flexibility and avoid injury, as well as how best to fuel your body through the right nutrition, not just for successful workouts but for a more active, healthier lifestyle. Lastly, the book brings together all this valuable information into personal training plans. These will enable you to tailor your training to your personal goals, whether you simply want to lose weight, run a marathon, look toned for your wedding day, de-stress or become fitter and healthier, whatever your age. With over 670 clear and inspiring photographs, this book will show you what to do, how to do it and how to incorporate the right activity effectively into your everyday schedule.