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Body Electric – A Book Review

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A few days ago I received a copy of Body Electric by Margaret Richard to review. I have to be honest, I never heard of Margaret Richard before. Apparently she has been a popular personality on PBS for 18 years, I guess I’ve been living under a rock!

The book is split into two parts. The first is information about getting motivated, building muscle and general information about activity and health. The information is geared towards an *cough* older audience. I don’t like that term but I’m not sure how else to say it. Let’s just say there is a chapter on menopause an body shape. I appreciated the information but I’m a little out of the demographic and felt that while reading.

The second half is an illustrated exercise guide. The chapters are split by body part and Margaret illustrates all of the moves. They are very uncomplicated and use minimal equipment, hand weights, chairs, and an exercise ball. The information was very clear and concise and I liked that variations were offered to increase the intensity.

Overall, I have to admit seeing Margaret at age 60 and reading her advice is very motivating. She is very inspirational!

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    June 5, 2008

    Margaret is fabulous. As she has aged – her following has too – she is a good workout. I think she has lots of DVD’s available from the various years. you might see if you library has some – you might like the ones from her early years if they are available. I still catch her every once in a while and am amazed at how good she looks – although if you compare to previous years – you can see the body differences that come with aging.


    June 5, 2008

    Sounds like a nice book. I’ll definetly check it out since being motivated and losing weight with common household items sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

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    June 5, 2008

    she still comes on Pbs here in tennessee I like it. It has great music along with it and on the show they even show the name of the song on the tv screen she actually has some good tunes to workout to.


    June 5, 2008

    Thanks for the book review. I probably won’t check it out since I’m out of the demographic too, but my mom is fitness minded and might like it.