Your Fitness Summer Reading List: 2019 Edition
Spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. If you are like most people, you’ve likely begun preparing to show off your fit body you’ve been working hard for all winter. After all, summer bodies are made in the winter, right? What better way to get your mind in the mood that fueling it with brain food and motivation with some fitness reading? Check out our summer reading list that will work your mind and offer motivation to work your body. Whether you are looking to build speed and endurance, want to learn some nutritious fuel recipes, or are looking for some help with winding down, you’ll find something for you on this list!
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”Everything you ever wanted to know about yourself you can learn in 26.2 miles.” ~ Lori Culnane
This is not a book about winning marathons. This is a triumphant memoir about what endurance training teachers on about themselves. It is a story of discovering faith, identity, and defining “personal best.” Meb Keflezighi may be one of the fastest marathoners alive, but his humble beginnings and incredible journey make him an inspiration to the world. Rather than relish in glory, Meb passes on the lessons running has taught. Read 26 Marathons for some soul-cleansing motivation.
The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
Never look your age again when you understand how age really is just a number. The Telomere Effect reveals how sleep quality, exercise, nutrition, and even certain chemicals affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative attitudes, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them. This is the first book that explains how we age at a cellular level. Learn how simple changes can keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to live more meaningful lives.
The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation
Because your journey is about self-improvement, both inside and outside of the gym, Michael Matthews put together the little black book of motivation. In it, he challenges you to challenge your barriers and identify what is truly holding you back, and then to conquer it. In a journey of guided self-discovery, you will learn how to shift negative thinking into fuel to find lasting success. This book will help transform the way you think about working out, and yourself.
The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook
As a vegan athlete, you need more protein than the traditional vegan consumes. This high-protein, vegan-friendly cookbook helps to debunk myths and is chock-full of muscle-building recipes that are as delicious as they feel. Discover the protein powerhouses that fuel more than 125 plant-based recipes in Ginny Kay McMeans book.
For more whole-food vegan meal options, Matt Frazier (the founder of No Meat Athlete)’s cookbook The No Meat Athlete Cookbookoffers recipes to fuel your workout and your life.
Stretching Your Boundaries: Flexibility Training For Extreme Calisthenic Strength
If your back hurts from sitting or standing all day at work and you find you can hardly walk after an intense workout, find relief without sacrificing your fitness. Stretching Your Boundaries by Al Kavadlo is a book full of stretching for all types. Whether you are looking to cool down after an endurance workout, need some mindful meditation, or you are stretching to reduce pain and invite strength, this book if a great read. Not only does Kavadlo help stretch your body, but he also teaches you how to apply it to your everyday life. Find the inspiration you need in this manual.
The Bad Food Bible
There is so much advice and so many theories about food, nutrition, and fuel, it can be overwhelming and confusing. But as Aaron Carroll explains in the Bad Food Bible, oversimplifications and generalizations about foods can be both wrong and dangerous. Simply put, if we stop consuming some of our most demonized ingredients altogether, it may actually hurt us. Get the truth about foods and their ingredients, The Bad Food Bible is for anyone who wants to forge eating habits that are sensible, sustainable, and occasionally indulgent.
Fearless, live more. Jean Case’s book Be Fearless is a call to action for those who are seeking transformation. Get inspired to take risks, conquer your fears, and change your life. Case’s book is about leaving the ordinary behind and reaching your full potential. Packed full of true stories, and some her own, she takes you on a journey of the relentless pursuit of self-improvement. Find purpose and motivation in her five principles.
When you are looking for some purposeful work on your rest days, exercise your mental fitness and pick up a motivating book or two. Challenge your brain along with your body and learn more about the changes you are attempting to make. Fitness is so much more than a physical journey inside gym walls. For more inspiration and fitness tips, come visit the staff at Club Sport of San Jose.