Last year I made the decision to put books on their own list for the gift giving season. I think it was one of the best blogging decisions I made last year. I love books and believe strongly in the power of learning. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health and fitness.
The books I’ve included this year have great information with something for everyone, at every stage of a fitness journey.
- Just the Rules: Tosca Reno’s Guide to Eating Right: I like things that keep it simple. Tosca boils down the philosophy of clean eating into simple steps that you can tackle one by one.
- La Dolce Vegan!: This book has been out for awhile, but I have turned to it a lot over the past year. If you’re thinking of trying out a vegan lifestyle (or just interested in a more plant based diet) this is the perfect cookbook.
- The Best of Clean Eating 2: Just in case you don’t have every issue of Clean Eating Magazine they way I do, you can get the best of their fantastic recipe collection without ordering a stack of back issues. Not only are the recipes tasty but the photos are also beautiful.
- New Rules of Lifting for Abs: Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a plan to get 6 pack abs. This is a plan for building a solid core and a healthy body. The exercise plan is easy to follow but challenging.
- ACSM Complete Guide to Fitness and Health: This is the perfect book for a beginner who just needs to cut through all the noise about nutrition and exercise. Get the basics and get them from one of the most respected institutions in the fitness industry.
- Framework for the Lower Back: While I personally haven’t read this book, I have several friends who have given it rave reviews. If you suffer from low back pain, or know someone who does, add it to your list.
- Born to Run: Another book I haven’t read but it is all the rage among my running friends. If a 5K or a marathon is on someone’s radar for next year buy this book for a little inspiration.
- Good Calories Bad Calories: This book isn’t an easy read, but it is fascinating to see decades of research on weight loss, heart disease and diabetes presented in such a detailed fashion.
- Oxygen’s Pick it or Kick it: Think of this book as Eat This, Not That! for women. A great stocking stuffer to help someone who is struggling to make better food choices.
- The End of Overeating: Anyone who’s been on this journey knows it’s not just physical, it is also mental. This book delves into the psychology of why we eat what we eat and why we eat it.
Got a favorite that I missed?
Be sure to check out my Top 10 Fitness Gifts for 2011 Guide and