It’s wintertime, so what’s better than to curl up with a good book that can help you refocus on your health, wellness and fitness goals?
While about 95 percent of New Year’s resolutions are fitness-related, only 10 percent of people think their resolutions will last three months later.
Buck that trend and complement your motivation with inspiration and a plan through a great book. The following are seven of the best winter reads to support your fitness goals.
‘Fitness For Every Body’ by Meg Boggs
Written by Instagram influencer Meg Boggs, “Fitness For Every Body” embraces body positivity in an authentic way. The book assures readers that you can get fit whatever your shape and size and includes full-body workouts, nutritional advice, mental well-being tips and inspirational anecdotes from the author. You are more than your weight.
Pricing: $17.49 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
‘The Comeback Quotient’ by Matt Fitzgerald
Great comebacks always make for great reads. In “The Comeback Quotient: A Get-Real Guide to Building Mental Fitness in Sport and Life,” Matt Fitzgerald combines real-world experiences with science to share a three-step process that the best athletes use to bounce back from any adversity. This process is presented in such a way that you can take the toolset and stage your own comebacks.
Pricing: $14.68 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
‘The Genius of Athletes’ by Noel Brick and Scott Douglas
Ever wonder how top athletes think? Noel Brick and Scott Douglas aim to help everyday athletes hone the mindset that top athletes have in “The Genius of Athletes: What World-Class Competitors Know Than Can Change Your Life.” In it, you’ll learn the five types of cognitive tools for navigating challenges. You’ll also hear stories of those who’ve translated their athletic success into different realms.
Pricing: $21.85 hardcover on Amazon (other options available)
‘Good To Go’ by Christie Aschwanden
We say it often: Rest is critical to any fitness plan. In “Good To Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery,” Christie Aschwanden offers clarity on how to incorporate rest and recovery in the most effective way, including snippets about Gatorade, cryotherapy, Simone Biles’ pneumatic compression boots and Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas (among others). All the latest trends are thoroughly investigated, sometimes first-hand.
Pricing: $9.29 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
‘A Beautiful Work In Progress’ by Mirna Valerio
Mirna Valerio, also known for her blog and Facebook page “Fatgirlrunning,” shares her drive to conquer goals while being a plus-size ultrarunner. After a health scare, she explains how she worked her way from 5Ks to ultramarathons and became a sponsored athlete. From her story, you can see how running is for every body type.
Pricing: $8.49 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
‘No Sweat’ by Michelle Segar
Motivation can be fleeting. In “No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness,” Michelle Segar offers a step-by-step program for staying motivated to exercise regularly, based on years of research. It features inspiring stories as well to make getting fit more achievable and practical.
Pricing: $14.59 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
‘Eat to Love’ by Jenna Hollenstein
Although Jenna Hollenstein is a nutritionist, “Eat to Love” is far from a diet book and more of an exploration of mindful eating that aims to help readers better understand their relationships with their bodies and how food plays into that. It combines aspects of your mental health with your physical health to free your mind from the fear, frustration and shame that can be associated with eating.
Pricing: $16.95 paperback on Amazon (other options available)
Caren Roblin is the owner of Kaia FIT Sierra, with four studios in the Reno-Sparks area.