by Bill Katovsky

Da Capo Press, $16.95, 299 pages

Author Bill Katovsky divulges the painful truth that we are all growing old and our bodies are not what they were in our twenties with the daily reminders of “a receding hairline, protruding gut, and mini-man boobs”. He openly shares his own realization of time’s merciless march across his whole body and what he did to shake himself out of it and get back to the active, exciting and fitful life he once led. Return to Fitness: Getting Back in Shape After Injury, Illness, or Prolonged Inactivitywalks the reader through the process of regaining the body’s natural ability and desire to be fit and active regardless of the condition, whether it was injury-related or just plain laziness. Appropriately and inspiringly peppered throughout the book are interviews with famous and professional individuals who overcame their own obstacles to get their desired active life backs. Lance Armstrong and Astronaut Jerry Linenger are the most notable experts.

This book is nothing special in terms of glamour or marketing ploys. There are no pictures or glossy pages to thumb through. This is a book for someone who wants to get serious about their fitness health safely, and easily read through, mark up and read on their daily treadmill routine. It is the perfect book for anyone discouraged with their current body and/or lifestyle.

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,