Energy Now!: Small Steps to an Energetic Life
by Michelle Cederberg

Sentient Publications, 2012. ISBN 978-1-591-81177-0.
Reviewed by Barbara L. Heller
Posted on 01/23/2012

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Active Life

Michelle Cederberg has written a guide to help those of us who are "tired and wired and ready to drop" to feel more energetic on a daily basis. Her approach is simple—take small steps, literally and figuratively, such as start walking ten minutes a day, eat the right snacks, and find a fulfilling hobby.

In the first section of the book, Cederberg focuses on the obstacles we face in starting a program that will energize us. She writes, "if your life sucks, it's your fault" and describes many of the excuses she's heard from clients. I think that the emphasis on self-responsibility has its merits but is overly simplistic and the tone (encouragement as opposed to put-down) might come off better during one of the author's live presentations.

Energy Now! lists 10 energy commandments and includes sections that highlight physical fitness including exercise, nutrition, hydration, sleep, and stress management. The third part of the book discusses ways to "feed your spirit" and examines happiness, kindness, and passions.

There are a number of times that the author suggests that the reader go to her website to get more information. In at least one of those instances, concerning diagrams of described stretches, I was unhappy that the topic was not adequately covered in the book. Also the narrative is sprinkled with personal stories, some good ones about clients Cederberg worked with and a few too many about herself. Yet overall, Cederberg gives us a good basic overview of the various approaches one can use to energize. The author, a former personal trainer, is a great cheerleader. Energy Now! can help you get started and emphasizes a program of manageable small steps.

Michelle Cederberg is a fitness and health professional with twenty years experience working with clients as a personal trainer and group exercise leader. She is also a life coach and a inspirational speaker. See more information (including Energy TV videos) on Cederberg's website.

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