Sunday, January 24, 2010

Denise's Daily Dozen

Publisher's Summary. From Denise Austin comes the perfect health book for anyone who wants to live better but just can't seem to find the time. Much more than just another excercise book, Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health and diet related concepts yet manages it all in a no-stress, time-conscious program of 12's. At it's core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, which equal the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments. Each day will have it's own focus from Monday being "fat burning day" to Sunday's "recharge and rejuvenate."

Denise has created a total body program, including a 7-day balanced meal plan that includes healthy recipes, and a workout that encompasses 12 exercises done in 12 minutes each day. Everyone can take just 12 minutes, at whatever time of the day works for them, and turn it over to these simple and fun exercises. Cardio, toning, yoga and breathing exercises...they're all here but in a way the maximizes effect while minimizing time.

Beyond a dozen exercises for each day of the week this book will include many other of Denises dozens for each day.

Losing weight, getting in shape, and being healthier overall, are common New Year’s resolutions. Helping you to keep those resolutions is Denise Austin in her new book Denise’s Daily Dozen. Denise Austin, a 52 year old (can you believe it!) fitness trainer with nearly thirty years experience, is a personal inspiration of what a healthy diet and regular exercise can do for you.

Denise’s Daily Dozen is comprised of a Fitness Plan and an Eating Plan. The Fitness Plan includes a workout with three essential elements: “cardiovascular, toning, and flexibility in twelve easy moves you do for twelve minutes a day.” Like most fitness trainers, however, Denise acknowledges that you should ultimately work up to thirty minutes a day. Still, according to Denise, on your busiest days the twelve minutes are enough. In addition to the Daily Dozen workouts, Denise prescribes twelve miles of cardio exercise weekly. Walking counts as fulfilling this requirement. The Eating Plan is basically a 1200 calorie a day meal plan that includes three servings each of veggies, fruits, and proteins with two of healthy grains and one of a healthy fat.

While much of the information, limit calories to around 1200 a day and perform 30 minutes of cardio day, is not new, it is put together in a user friendly format. With lots of pictures of the exercises and specific instructions (exercises and meal plans) for each day of the week, it is easy to follow. I also enjoyed the real life stories from women who lost weight following Denise’s plan. Also helpful is the chapter “Twelve Meals You Can Make in About Twelve Minutes” because who isn’t pressed for time? And lastly the weekly shopping lists promote quick and efficient shopping in that dieter’s temptation den known as the grocery store.

Denise’s Daily Dozen is a great do-it- yourself resource for losing weight the healthy way!

Publisher: Center Street (January 5, 2010), 336 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.


  1. I like reading reviews of these kinds of books from someone who has already tried them out. Gives me more useful information about whether they would be helpful. Your review sounds great, I'll see if I can find this book at my library.