Trying to find some inspiration to get your booty up and about? Or looking for a great read in general? No matter where you are in your fitness journey, you can find motivation all around. Try picking up one of these eight health and fitness reads, they might just be the answer you’re looking for to help you get back into your health-kick mo-jo.
1. THE PRIMAL BLUEPRINT, BY MARK SISSON
Mark Sisson started blogging about fitness on his site called Marks Daily Apple. His captivating way of explaining his theories on fitness (plus his own remarkable true story) catapulted him into success. He kept the momentum going by self-publishing “The Primal Blueprint,” and has since published several other fitness books and cookbooks; some with the help of his widespread community following. “The Primal Blueprint” is an entertaining and inspiring read with fun advice like “lift heavy things.”
2. EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD, LONELY PLANET
Talk about an armchair traveler. Sit back and read about all the awesome bike rides you could go on around the world. This travel guide is an accidental fitness book because we guarantee you’ll be greasing up your bicycle chain by the time you get to page 50.
3. THE FITNESS MINDSET, BY BRIAN KEANE
Hey, here’s a novel idea! How about eating for nutrition? Concepts like this are what “The Fitness Mindset” is all about. Have you ever wished you could kind of tweak your thinking so you could better control your diet and lifestyle? This is a book that will hopefully change the way you think about food, exercise and health. Read it. Absorb it. Then go live it.
4. THINNER, LEANER, STRONGER, BY MICHAEL MATTHEWS
This fitness book for women is a follow up to Matthews’ book, “Bigger, Leaner, Stronger,” which targeted men. In his words, the author is not out to sell cheap magazines or products that don’t work. He just wants to help you get in the best shape of your life. And, if you check out his pictures on his blog, it sure looks like Matthews knows a thing or two about building muscle, so we recommend giving this a read.
5. NO SWEAT, BY MICHELLE SEGAR, PH.D.
Filled with motivational anecdotes, this book takes a slightly different approach to fitness that might just do the trick for you. Segar explains why all your best intentions will get you squat in real life. She discusses how to change your mind in order to change your fitness habits. This one is worth curling up with.
6. ROAR, BY STACY T. SIMS AND SELENE YEAGER
“Roar” is a fitness book expressly for women, by women. It’s based on the fact that women have different physiologies than men, and so have different diet and exercise needs that will work to get them in shape. They actually use the word “biohacking,” so it must work. The book comes with meal plans and recipes to make it super easy to implement the ideas just as soon as you can wrest yourself off the couch and get into the kitchen.
7. THE ANYTIME, ANYWHERE EXERCISE BOOK, BY JOAN PRICE, M.A.
From our modern viewpoint here in 2018, when you look at the cover of this book, you might think of the words, corny, goofy, or old-fashioned. Take a closer look though, because this author has some spot-on ideas about how busy women can incorporate fitness into their daily lives. If you’re the type of person with an unused gym membership because you simply have no time to get there, this is just the book you need. By the time you finish it, you’ll be looking at the furniture in a whole new light.
8. GYM ETIQUETTE, BY DALE L. ROBERTS
Okay, this one is just for fun, but it does have a lot of truth nuggets. If laughing burns calories (we think it does!), then just reading this book should help move you toward your weight loss goals.