Everyone has a different approach to fitness. Some people prefer to work out in the gym, while others practice yoga or pilates at home. And then there are those who follow a specific diet. But no matter what your fitness goals are, there’s one thing we can all agree on: reading a book about fitness is helpful. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite books on the topic—so that you can be inspired by them.
Fitness is a state of being fit. It is the ability to do physical activity and it’s composed of three components: strength, flexibility, and endurance. It also encompasses a lifestyle, as opposed to simply being a destination you reach once you hit your goal weight or complete your first marathon. Wellness is an ongoing journey that will change with each new experience you have along the way.
In order to be healthy, it’s important that we move our bodies regularly in ways that are enjoyable for us so we stick with the practice long enough for it to become part of who we are at our core — not just something on top of all the other things going on in our lives.
Ready to Run by Dr. Kelly Starrett
This book is a great resource for runners to learn how to run properly. You’ll learn how to avoid injury and improve your performance by learning how your body works and what exercises you can do at home or in the gym. It also has some great tips on running with less impact on your joints, which is beneficial if you’re an older runner or have an injury that stops you from jogging at full speed.
The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keane
A fitness mindset is a significant part of success, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. You don’t need to be perfect at something in order to succeed in life or healthiness. There will always be someone better than you, but that’s okay.
In this publication, Brian Keane provides the reader with information on how they can develop a positive mindset when working towards their goals. He also discusses how this concept applies specifically to exercise and health habits (or lack thereof). It’s extremely useful material for those who want to understand why people fail when attempting to achieve their fitness goals—and what they can do about it.
Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden
Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist, who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Bicycling Magazine. In this book, she explores the importance of healthy eating, hydration, and how to get the right balance of nutrients. She also covers how you can eat for your body type and goals, lifestyle as well as budget. It’s a great starting point if you are new to this subject matter or just need some guidance in order to implement some changes in your life.
Hardcore Fitness by Steven Hansen
Hardcore Fitness is about how to train your mind and body in order to get the most out of your workouts. The book emphasizes that physical wellness can be improved by training the mind and body both separately and together.
Hansen’s goal is to teach people how they can become more motivated, focused, and athletic through their workouts. This book will help you improve your mental game while working out in order to make sure that you’re getting the most out of those hours spent at the gym or on the track field.
The One-Minute Workout by Martin Gibala
The One-Minute Workout is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout designed to be done in a short amount of time, anywhere. It uses a minimal amount of equipment and can be customized based on your fitness level. The book offers three different variations:
- The Classic One-Minute Workout – This variation consists of eight exercises performed for 30 seconds each, with 10 seconds rest between each one. It lasts just seven minutes.
- The Secret One-Minute Workout – This variation adds an extra exercise that you repeat twice at the end before taking your 10-second break. It also adds an extra minute to the total time spent working out to make it eight minutes long overall instead of seven.
- The Power Up Version – Similar to the secret version but even more intense due to its longer intervals and increased resistance needed for some exercises like squats or pushups (see below).
No Sweat by Michelle Segar
If you’re new to the world of fitness, Michelle Segar’s No Sweat is the best place to start. Not only does she provide an introduction to wellness and nutrition, but she also helps you understand what makes a person physically healthy. Her book AARP’s Be Stronger, Healthier, Sexier at 50 and Beyond is also worth looking into if you’re interested in improving your body composition or getting stronger as you age.
Essential Sports Nutrition by Marni Sumbal
This is the best title for learning about nutrition for sports. It contains simple, clear explanations of all the information you need to know and more. The author has been a nutritionist for over 15 years and knows how to explain all the important concepts in an easy way.
The book starts with some basic information about how your body uses energy, then it explains each nutrient in detail with lots of examples that make it easy to understand what you’re reading. It also includes sections on supplements and special diets such as low-carbohydrate diets or vegetarian diets.
I found this book very helpful because it gave me lots of good advice on how to eat healthy foods while still enjoying eating out at restaurants or ordering takeout once in a while (which is pretty much impossible without making major changes).
Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen
Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen is one of the best books about improving your health by changing your brain. Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist who has written several books on how the brain and body work together to create health or disease. He also has his own TV show called Change Your Brain, Change Your Body which features people with health problems who have improved them through using his methods.
The book explains why we have these symptoms and what they mean for our health, but it doesn’t just tell you what they are; it gives you resources that will help you figure out what those symptoms might be if they’re not already obvious enough (and let’s face it: sometimes finding the answers isn’t easy).
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Roar by Stacey Sims and Selene Yeager
ROAR is a book that’s all about being the best version of yourself. The authors are fitness experts and want you to be fit, healthy, and happy.
Roar by Stacey Sims and Selene Yeager is the best easy-to-study guide that teaches you how to eat better, exercise more efficiently, improve your energy levels and live a full life. You’ll learn new habits and tips to apply in your daily life without having to spend hours at the gym.
Glute Lab by Bret Contreras
Without a strong foundation, your entire body will be off-balance and unstable. The glutes are the largest muscle group in your body, and they play a vital role in keeping you upright. In fact, if you don’t activate them properly during exercise or daily life activities such as bending over to pick up objects or sitting on the ground in yoga class, it can result in lower back pain.
Glute Lab by Bret Contreras, an expert on all things glute-related (and author of another book on this list), is one of my favorite books because it helps readers understand how important it is to train their hips and glutes so they can live pain-free lives. It also provides detailed exercises that target all three muscles: the gluteus maximus (the biggest); medius; minimus (the smallest). This book will teach you how to isolate each muscle group so you can strengthen them individually or collectively through various exercises like squats and lunges with resistance bands or weights.
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Hopefully, this article has got you a little excited about stay-to-fit books. I know that at first glance, the idea of reading a book may seem like an antiquated form of knowledge transmission. But when it comes down to it, there’s no better way to learn something than by reading all about it in a book. And because there are so many great books to keep you fit out there, now is the perfect time to start reading.