If you look at my Amazon wish list you will see it’s always filled with books.
I love to read. I have yet to make the switch to a Kindle or a Nook because I love the feel of the book in my hands. I find joy in the smell of the paper. My husband says I could read more with an E-reader but I’m just not convinced yet.
Luckily most of my picks for my favorite fit books are available in paper or digitally. Or even audiobook. Audiobooks let me workout and “reread” a favorite book like Enchantmentby Guy Kawasaki at the same time. Give it a try someone time, with something new or an old favorite.
Here’s my list of top books for the fitness minded person on your gift list. Don’t forget to get a copy for yourself.
- The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook by Tosca Reno: You’ve got to try the Taco Night recipe. These tempeh based treats are a new staple in my house.
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath: Change is hard. Half of my job is helping people with change. The Heath brothers share a simple but profound formula for making change happen – no matter what area of your life. I love this book so much I’ve read it twice.
- The Best of Clean Eating 3: If you don’t get the magazine then make sure to pick up this collection of all their best recipes. If you’re cooking from this book you can’t go wrong!
- The New Rules of Lifting For Life by Lou Shuler and Alwyn Cosgrove: You reach a certain point in your life were getting ripped isn’t necessarily a priority. You just want to feel good and not have a sore back or knees. This is a great program focused on health, fitness and feeling good all the time.
- Starting Today: A Journal of Intention and Change: Focus starts by putting it in black and white. Put your goals on paper with this lovely journal filled with inspirational quotes and stories.
- 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom: A client gave me a copy of this last year. It sits on my desk and every time I need some clarity or guidance I will flip to a random page. It never fails to help me refocus.
- Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim: This is on my must read list. Food isn’t as simple as we think, at least not when it comes to how food gets to our grocery store shelves and dinner plates.
- The Social Network Diet: Change Yourself, Change the World by Miriam Nelson and Jennifer Ackerman: No, this isn’t a diet where you only eat things you see on Facebook. It’s about the importance of our social surroundings and our support systems when it comes to weight loss and staying fit.
- Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F Baumeister and John Tierney: You aren’t crazy, you only have so much willpower. But you can strengthen it and you can learn how to conserve it for use when it really matters. A must read for anyone who starts strong but seems to cave on their healthy habits by 2 pm.
- The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough by Sean Foy: I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Foy speak in November. I love his positive attitude and his focus on meeting people where they are in terms of their time and fitness. Check out his quick and easy solutions for fitting exercise into your already packed day.
What’s your favorite fit book of 2012?