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Best Diet Books of 2009

Diet books are a financial boon for the weight loss industry. Each week a new title releases, and while most seem to be different ways of saying the same things, some truly stand out by providing readers with unique, interesting and reliable information about managing their health and weight.

Recently, Amazon.com announced the bestselling books of 2009, and the list of 100 books included nine stellar titles under the diet and weight loss category.

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Top Fitness Gifts for 2009

If you’ve got a health or fitness enthusiast on your holiday gift list this year, then we’ve got a few suggestions to make your shopping a little easier.

These are a few of the hottest things on the market right now, all geared toward helping the recipient live a more healthful life.


bodybuggBodyBugg
– You’ve seen these on the Biggest Loser contestants’ arms for a reason, they work! Stay on track with weight loss goals with this digital device that monitors calorie intake and burn for the day.



spin bikeSpin Bike
– Spinning is one of the hottest trends in fitness right now. You can skip the classes and tackle a spin workout in the privacy of your own home.



food scaleFood Scale
- Portion control is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet. Using a digital scale in the kitchen can ensure your meals meet serving recommendations.
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Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2009

I can’t believe it, but 2008 is nearly over. Sure, we still have two months, but it’s not too soon to consider the top 20 fitness trends for 2009!

An online survey was conducted by 1,540 professionals certified by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Here are my top five picks from the 20 trends. You can see the rest of the results, reported by exercise science expert Walter Thompson, PhD, FACSM, FAACVPR, Regent’s Professor at Georgia State University, at WebMD:

1. Childhood Obesity. Fitness programs will address childhood obesity. Let’s hope it exceeds all expectations – childhood obesity has all kinds of implications, including adult issues down the road.

2. Core Training. This workout trend is a bit underrated. Strengthening muscles in your abs and back stabilize your spine and makes the rest of your workout even more effective.
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