Official Review: Wellness Toolbox by Don Roberts

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Official Review: Wellness Toolbox by Don Roberts

Post by prospero360 » 08 May 2019, 03:36

[Following is an official review of "Wellness Toolbox" by Don Roberts.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In a time when there is no shortage of recommendations on fitness and nutrition steps to take to attain good health, it is very easy to get confused by the pool of information out there. This begs the question of which information to adhere to and which information to ignore. This is the problem that Don Roberts tackles head-on in Wellness Toolbox: Debunking Myths About Fitness and Nutrition to Provide All the Tools You Need for a Healthier and Happier Life. Analyzing a host of popular fitness and nutrition beliefs, the author, in this well-researched book, classifies them into "Facts" and "Myths."

Roberts includes his personal stories detailing how he discovered the effects of some approaches to fitness and nutrition that he applies today. Adding personal stories in books like this is always an important feature for me, as it makes the book more relatable. The author's 27 years of experience as a fitness and nutrition coach, along with the numerous success stories included in the book, is bound to have a positive effect on the confidence of readers in his methods. Even though the author delivers his message in a confident and serious tone for most of the book, I enjoyed that he included humor in the form of funny illustrations. This will help lighten the mood as some readers may feel disappointed when they discover that many of their health practices over the years are wrong.

Furthermore, the author's in-depth analysis of every fact and myth discussed was one of my favorite features of the book. He left no room for unanswered questions by explaining different exercise procedures and healthy foods and their proportions in detail. Roberts use of a simple language, avoiding technical terms, and fully explaining abbreviations like PFM (pelvic floor muscles), HIIT (High-intensity interval training), and EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption) will also help readers follow the book easily.

In addition, the author lists several reference books for readers to source for additional information. The author also maintains that readers should always consult professional fitness and nutrition coaches to guide them in employing these methods. There wasn't much to dislike about this book. While I noticed about four errors throughout the book, they were all minor errors and didn't disrupt the flow of my reading. I also think that the author should have considered including illustrations showing how various exercising techniques, like pistol squats, landmine twists, and box jumps, are carried out.

Overall, Wellness Toolbox was a fun, educational, and inspirational read for me. The author expertly combined the features I expect from a good health book and included motivational quotes at the end of each chapter. I also learned quite a lot, especially on the outdated use of the body mass index (BMI), the improper use of calcium supplements, fluoride, and soy, and the "SMART" method as a strategy for achieving fitness goals. I'm sure other readers will learn a lot from this book as well.

I strongly believe that this book merits a rating of 4 out of 4. The author's detailed description of his methods made up for the absence of the illustrations I wanted to see. Therefore, there is no reason to rate the book less than the maximum rating. I would recommend this book to people that are interested in health improvement through fitness and dieting. However, I would not recommend it to those looking for an easy route to better health, as a sufficient amount of work has to be put into following the author's methods.

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Post by EvaDar » 09 May 2019, 23:42

This health and wellness book sounds really well done. I have read quite a few of these books, and this one sounds somewhat unique and easily accessible, too. Now I'm curious about the calcium supplements! Thanks for the great introduction to this book. I enjoyed your review.
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Post by DogoMulla » 10 May 2019, 04:14

Now this is a constructive read. There are a lot of 'myths' out here concerning physical fitness. If Don Roberts clears things out, at least to a considerable level, I give him props. Kudos to you too, for a well-done review.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 10 May 2019, 06:57

Roberts' Wellness Toolbox sounds like an exceptional, well-researched book by a qualified professional who knows what he's talking about. I will definitely check this one out more. Thanks for your review!
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Post by kdstrack » 10 May 2019, 07:08

Sounds like the author did a thorough job of researching and also included personal stories to support his findings. I agree with your thoughts about photos for the exercises (maybe a video link), especially since he dedicates a section to doing exercises properly. Thanks for this interesting recommendation.

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 May 2019, 11:34

I'm fairly interested in health and wellness; this might be one I need to pick up. I love that the author has fully explored the myths out there today. I wondered what he has to say about them. Thanks!
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Post by Prisallen » 10 May 2019, 12:45

I agree with you that there is a lot of information out there, and some of it is not that healthy. I'm glad that this book tries to clarify the issue. Good health does take time and effort. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by Fazzier » 10 May 2019, 15:50

Oh! I didn’t know the use of index body mass (BMI) is outdated. It seems the author has some interesting thoughts on that of which I'm just curious to find out more about from that book. Thank you for this insightful review!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 10 May 2019, 16:09

With such a popular topic to write a self-help book about, it is always good when the author can bring their own experiences to the book. This enables it to stand out more than other books of the same topic.Great review.

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 10 May 2019, 19:21

There's always room for improvement when it comes to health and wellness, and it can be so confusing sometimes because some infomation out there seems contradictory. A resource to clear up the confusion could be helpful. I'll have to keep this one in mind.

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Post by Quickstudy » 11 May 2019, 01:07

I have just started exercising. This book will help me employee the correct steps to achieve my goals.
Your review is energetic and reflects how much you enjoyed the book.

Great review.

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Post by 8amaseter » 11 May 2019, 11:42

The book seems to have been well researched. It is good that the author used his experience in this field to let the reader know which fitness exercise is better.

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