Jennifer Ashton, M.D., senior medical contributor for ABC News, shares real world secrets with women everywhere in her new book, Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond.
Unlike so many health self-help books on the market today, Dr. Ashton delivers a valuable message to women in their thirties and forties. This segment of the population is classically overlooked by the medical world - as she points out in her book, "After the last baby and before the first hot flash was a medical no man's land, when doctors put their patients health on autopilot and didn't pay much attention to their health."
The truth is that women in their thirties and forties are at the prime of their lives and can maximize their health, their looks and their overall well-being for a lifetime - during this prime stage of life - with the right plan. And Ashton lays out a very realistic plan. There are no complex diets or acrobatic fitness routines. Many women may think being healthy and beautiful is complicated, but as Ashton demonstrates in her book, it is really not complicated at all. You just have to take small steps toward success.
Her "Five-Day/Two-Day Plan," for healthy weight management does not require memorizing complex recipes, counting calories or depriving yourself of the finer things in life. Ashton's "Sleek, Strong, Sexy" five-week workout plan is easy to follow for the busy woman. Ashton offers some no-nonsense advice to women who are starting on an exercise plan for the first time. She writes, "Some exercise is better than no exercise. More exercise is better than less exercise. Every minute counts." Repeating that mantra can work wonders for you on the days, you simply don't want to get off the couch.
The real gem in Your Body Beautiful, however, are Ashton's "Happiness Habits." Ashton focuses the conversation on women trying to balance a family and a career, who are classically told, "You can't have it all."
Ashton proves the modern woman actually can have it all. She discusses the power of self-talk, the myths and facts of stressing over stress and the differences between good and bad stress. Her five-week plan helps women identify and combat stressors, schedule moments for relaxation and even shares yummy, healthy replacements for go-to comfort foods that often derail your "body beautiful" plan.
Your Body Beautiful allows every reader to experience a tailored message - specific to your individual needs. She guides each age group through every chapter, letting you know what information is best-suited for all audiences or your specific stage in life. This book is an excellent go-to guide for women to read - and keep - to reread again and again with each transition to a new year or decade in life.
"The world is realizing that a woman's thirties and forties can be the most beautiful, energetic, and passionate time of her life. Today's women can maximize this stage- and lay the foundation for optimal health and well-being, " says Ashton. And her new book, Your Body Beautiful. will do just that. From the basics of dieting and fitness to sex, de-stressing and disease prevention, Dr. Ashton will help you prepare your body to be beautiful for a lifetime.