Everyone knows the importance of daily exercise. Countless books, articles, websites, and television shows remind us of this fact every time we turn around. Hundreds of “experts” touting thousands of theories, products, and systems tell us their method is the best. So how does one discern which form of exercise is best?
Charlotte Hilton Andersen tackles this dilemma in her book “The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything.” Charlotte chronicles one year in which she tested a new workout each month. She, along with her trusty Gym Buddies, test workouts that range in level from beginner to advanced.
Along the way Charlotte shares personal stories, from inner struggles to her family’s reaction to a month of vegan eating (during Thanksgiving, no less), that bring a relatability most other fitness books lack. It reminds you that, instead of just being a fitness professional, Charlotte is a regular person juggling being a mom, a writer, and an SAT essay grader while trying to stay healthy and dealing with occasional insecurities.
This book is a must-read for anyone looking for guidance to start exercising, looking for some variety for their exercise routine, or wanting reassurance that he or she is not the only one who ever had a piece of equipment removed from the gym due to the way they were using it. “The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything” is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and other major retailers.
Charlotte also runs a blog under the same name, “The Great Fitness Experiment,” where she continues to test new workout each month, as well as being featured on many other websites.