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Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) Guidebook Review

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Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) GuidebookWorking Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) Guidebook Review
By: Chunk Runyon
Gifted By: Da Capo Press

Reviewed by the Editors of


With so many magazines, fitness experts, and yes, even your “running friends,” talking about how exhilarating and rejuvenating their latest workout was, those of us who’d rather be sitting on the couch having a movie marathon are left feeling lazy and bad about ourselves. You end up pretending to enjoy your early morning jog when really, all you want to do is curl back up into bed.

Sound familiar? Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness, could not agree with you more. He, along with fellow workout experts, can relate to the struggle to motivate yourself to exercise. He doesn’t write using lofty, scientific terms. When reading this book, you’ll feel like you’re having a conversation with your friend, witty banter and frustrations included!

By accepting exercise as a necessary evil, Runyon helps you to work past your reluctance and presents reasonable physical and nutritional goals that anyone can achieve. If you’re tired of feeling inadequate about your workout goals, pick up a copy of Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) and get yourself back on track.

The title of this book says it all: working out definitely sucks! This book gives you an informative, and especially entertaining, look into the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, getting in shape, and the problems that we all inevitably fall into. We all know that being healthy is a difficult, but an essential part of life. Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn’t Have To) provides great tips on not only eat healthier, but also elevating your mood, increasing your energy, and being an all-around healthier and happier person. The book informs you that just by making a few changes in your life you can achieve a lifetime of benefits.

This was a refreshing take on the same old diet books you see packing the shelves of bookstores nowadays. Instead of offering a "quick fix" that hardly seems attainable, this guide is all about a realistic approach to weight loss. The focus is on motivating people to make positive changes in the way they think about health and fitness. We especially enjoyed the inspirational stories from real people who never thought they could turn their lives, and their health around. It was refreshing to hear that the ideas laid out in this book really work.

Runyon is clearly a motivator and a character. We found ourselves laughing out loud at the titles of the short vignettes that make up the book ("Super Man Had Kryptonite, Oprah Had Mac and Cheese," for example), but it’s very evident that he knows his stuff. He details the usual reasons one should work out…health and fitness benefits, living an active lifestyle and avoiding the obesity epidemic in a funny and engaging way. But it was the section focusing on exercise and weight loss success stories that we found most inspiring and helpful.

Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To) is a light read with a call to action. This is a perfect for anyone interested in bettering their health without the traps of fad diets and other unrealistic means. Inspiring and informative, make it a part of your collection.


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