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Cover for the book, Vegan Fitness for Mortals. Features a picture of a woman in workout gear using a dumbbell while standing next to a bicycle.

Vegan Fitness for Mortals: Eat Your Veggies, Be Active, Avoid Injury, and Get Healthy for Life

Author: Ellen Jaffe Jones · Subject: Fitness & Sports


Anyone who wants to be more active but doesn’t think they’re athletic enough to pull it off will rejoice. Packed with practical information and achievable programs for both aerobic and weight-bearing exercise, this book provides enough great tips to motivate even the most avowed couch potato.

Acclaimed athlete, trainer, and nutrition consultant Ellen Jaffe Jones describes how to develop basic routines for walking, running, biking, swimming, weight lifting, and yoga. She also explains how and why to employ warm-up, and cool-down exercises into a workout give advice on which gadgets and gear will help improve performance and shares essential tips on how to stay injury-free. There are additional ideas for utilizing the everyday environment from walls to furniture to instantly fit in exercise anywhere, anytime.

A committed vegan for many years, Jones conquered severe health challenges by becoming a runner and adopting a plant-based diet. She makes a compelling case for why eating vegan can augment the benefits of exercise and help prevent exercise-related injuries. Included is information on how to transition to a nutritious vegan diet, along with some of Jones’s favorite quick meal ideas.

About the Author

Award-winning television journalist Ellen Jaffe Jones has eaten a plant-based diet for more than thirty years and credits it with helping her dodge the breast cancer genes and exposure to toxins that afflicted her mom, aunt, and both sisters. She is also the author of Eat Vegan on $4 A Day and Kitchen Divided.


“I absolutely love this book-it is brilliantly thorough and beautifully readable. The information is practical, persuasive, and just plain fun. Ellen’s story is both moving and motivational. Vegan Fitness for Mortals is an exceptional addition to the bookshelf of every vegan who aspires to live an active, healthy life. Two thumbs up!” – Brenda Davis, RD, co-author Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive and Express editions

“I love how this book combines both a practical plan for adopting a vegan diet with a valuable guide to fitness training. They complement each other like PB&J! I will recommend this book to my patients who need more plant-powered meals and a push to move more. Vegan Fitness for Mortals is a winner for sure.” – Joel Kahn, MD, Clinical professor of cardiology, Wayne State University of Medicine and author of The Whole Heart Solution

“Authoritative, friendly, and inviting all at once. Ellen Jaffe Jones captures our hearts and attention with a dramatic personal story, inspiring us to get moving and get eating healthy from the first page. A wonderful fitness lifestyle guide that happily sings ‘fit, vegan,and proud of it!’” – Lani Muelrath, Plant-based lifestyle coach and author of The Plant-Based Journey and Fit Quickies

Vegan Fitness for Mortals is a friendly fitness and diet companion that offers something useful and practical for everyone. Whether you’re an advanced fitness enthusiast or simply want to add a little more motion into your day, Ellen Jaffe Jones will help motivate and guide you in the right direction toward fulfilling your wellness goals.” – John Pierre, Fitness and nutrition consultant and author of The Pillars of Health and Strong, Savvy, Safe

“This may be the perfect fitness book, and when you think about who wrote it-a woman who went from regular gal to a master athlete-that’s not surprising. It’s a rarity in this genre to recommend a vegan diet for sport as well as health, with every claim backed up. The food, the drills, and the reasons why moving your body like you mean it are all essential now. This book has everything you’re looking for unless you’re looking for excuses.” – Victoria Moran, Director, Main Street Vegan Academy and author of Main Street Vegan


Cover for the book, Vegan Fitness for Mortals. Features a picture of a woman in workout gear using a dumbbell while standing next to a bicycle.

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