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The Seniors' Workout

Dr. McConnell's book is a helpful guide for older men and women seeking to maximize their physical potential as they age. The Seniors' Workout offers a systematic fitness program that addresses the unique conditioning needs of people over the age of sixty. Its series of stretches, exercises and aerobic activity touch the key determinants influencing the physical capacities of seniors as they age. The focus is on helping them to maintain flexibility, strength, balance and aerobic capacity. The Seniors' Workout includes more than twenty-five stretches that were selected to maintain flexibility throughout the body and facilitate ongoing balance. Special attention is given to the neck, wrists, back, knees and feet along with specific movements to improve balance. The strengthening exercises are age appropriate with the emphasis on developing and maintaining functional strength rather than bulging muscles. This segment includes a variety of routines with eight-pound barbells where particular attention is given to the wrists, arms and shoulders. Aerobic exercise is a key component of the workout program. The advantages and disadvantages are outlined for seven different kinds of aerobic activity. The Seniors' Workout includes demonstration pictures for each stretch and exercise to ensure correct positioning and form. It also lends itself to any number of adjustments to suit individual needs. An added feature is the ease with which the program can be carried out in your own home. Most important of all, it is fun.
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About the Author

Dr. Larry McConnell is a retired psychologist who received his doctoral degree in counselling psychology from McGill University. He worked in the health and social services fields for over twenty-five years, first as a health psychologist and later as the CEO for two large not-for-profit organizations in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. He belonged to a number of professional organizations across Canada and is listed in Ontario's Who's Who (1996). During his long career, he has made frequent guest appearances on TV and radio as a psychologist, administrator and author. He is a dynamic public speaker who easily captures the attention of audiences with his edgy humour and captivating material. Dr. McConnell's other book for seniors, A PRIMER FOR OLD GUYS: Eat Smart, Exercise, Be Happy, is a practical guide that sets out a comprehensive strategy for getting the most out of your senior years. He offers a lifestyle option that is flexible, fun and bound to maximize your lifespan. There are no gimmicks. No quick fixes. Just well-researched, practical strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He is also the author of the award winning book, CARDIAC CHAMPS: A Survivor's Guide. This book is a popular read with people who are struggling with heart disease. It is a self-help book that teaches people with heart disease, particularly heart attack survivors, how to live a healthy, vigorous, happy life while effectively managing the emotional turmoil that so often accompanies heart disease. The author survived two heart attacks and cardiac arrest thirty years ago. Dr. McConnell has written extensively over the years on such varied topics as healthy lifestyles, stress, counselling, child welfare, and cardiac care. These writings have appeared in numerous professional journals and periodicals including the Journal of Marriage and Family Counselling, The Canadian Counsellor and The Family Coordinator. His book, Cardiac Champs, was an award winning finalist in the USA Book News "Best Books 2010" Awards. He also has had short stories selected for the longlist of the Vanderbilt-Exile Short Fiction Competition April 2012 & 2014. Dr. McConnell, who has been following The Seniors' Workout for over ten years, lives in Calgary with Sharon Mulroney, his partner for the last forty-six years. They are the parents of two adult sons.

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