Fitness Reading List: Winter Reading or Holiday Gifts

With winter almost here and the holiday season upon us, fitness can fall by the wayside. It can be hard to stay healthy during the holiday season! Reading health and fitness books can help keep you on track with your fitness goals. Need more inspiration this winter? Read on to find some health and fitness books to help keep you on track! 

The Heart-Healthy Handbook

This book, written by Barry Franklin and Simon Dixon and published last year, is full of practical steps that anyone at risk of a heart attack can follow. It’s full of tips for eating right, exercising, and being holistically healthy. It even includes information about sample tests that you can take to diagnose and treat heart disease. It’s practical from the first few pages and something that you can use on your own or give to someone in your life who is at risk of heart disease.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Written by Dr. Brian Wasnick, a nutritionist, this book explains the cultural and environmental factors for why we as Americans are overeating. From the dishes, you choose to when you are deciding to eat your meals, learn why you overeat and how to combat overeating. Rather than looking at them ‘whats’ of eating, Dr. Wasnick looks at the ‘why’ in this refreshing novel about eating.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollan, the author of the famous food novel “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” lays out a series of rules and guidelines for eating healthy in this 2014 novel. One of the easier reads on this list, Pollan lays out a series of guidelines that essentially boil down to “eat food, but not too much,” and “eat more plants.” It is sure to be easier health and fitness read, one that’s also engaging and sure to make you think about what you’ve been eating. Pollan’s other books, notably “Food Rules” and “Cooked,” also make for great holiday gifts. He also has a cookbook, if you decide you like the rules he’s outlined in his books. 

Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World

Perfect for your workaholic friend who spends most of their time hunched over their desk, Deskbound will outline the impacts of sitting for too long. Not only will it scare you with its outline of all of the detriments of sitting for too long, but also gives you some practical stretches and exercises that you can perform to reverse some of the impacts that sitting for too long give you. Published in 2014 by a group of three sports therapists, this might help you manage and mitigate some of that pesky back pain. 

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Exercising can bring about proven changes in brain chemistry. However, the full extent of the brain’s structural changes because of exercise isn’t yet completely known. For years, scientists have known that exercise releases serotonin. Did you know, though, that exercise can make you more creative, improve your attention, and help you think faster? All this, and more, inside this book penned by John Ratey in 2008.

How Not to Die

This aptly named book, written by Michael Greger, the medical doctor behind, provides a set of easy tips that you can follow to help keep you alive for as long as possible. It includes easy diet changes you can make to help combat the fifteen most common causes of death. It also is the name of a cookbook, by the same author, if you need a little extra help.

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