Anyone who is serious about their workouts (or who is serious about beginning a regular exercise regimen) will love "The Ultimate Workout Log." The idea behind this small, portable note pad is that exercise goals are easier to meet if you follow your progress by taking notes. For some people, that can mean setting goals and writing personal entries about trying to meet those goals. A notebook can also help you remember the advice of coaches, instructors, etc. And, of course, people who have complicated exercise regimens, including weightlifting, need to keep track of what they're doing from day to day. Schlosberg has made some changes in this second-edition log, including room for nutrition notes and a daily box to record whether you've stretched (a good injury-prevention device). The book also features training tips, fun trivia on sports and inspirational quotes from famous athletes. This may be the best exercise log since the fabulous, now-defunct "Eat and Run" series of the 1980s.
A RETURN TO MODESTY: Discovering the Lost Virtue By Wendy Shalit
Free Press $24, 291 pages
This is the book of the moment in women's studies. The author, only 23, advances the debate about the value of the sexual revolution with her theory that the revolution long ago crossed into territory that has been very unhealthy for women. Shalit suggests that a correction in the relationship between the sexes could be made through a reemphasis on sexual modesty. The author is not suggesting women become prudes or reject sex. But she suggests that today's modern young woman gives away far too much of herself to too many men and far too early in life. Shalit proposes embracing the old-fashioned virtue of saving yourself for that one special man.