Head into any bookstore, or browse the endless supply of books online, and you’ll find thousands of books on fitness. From how to workout at home and build muscle every day to mastering the equipment at the gym along with nutritional planning, there’s certainly no shortage of books that suggest how readers of any fitness level can earn their dream body. Yet why are there so many different ideas and books on this single topic? Well, with so much variance in ways to be healthy and get fit, there’s a lot of advice to accompany them.
Everyone who writes a book about fitness is an expert of some sort, or claims to be one. However, that doesn’t mean that every fitness book, or all of these authors, agree with one another. Each person has a different idea as to what is good or bad, healthy or unhealthy when it comes to fitness and health. For example, some believe avoiding eggs and dairy is key, while others believe it’s carbs that cause problems. That’s where the endless supply of fitness books come from – the areas in which experts disagree, or conflict.
Those of us who are looking to get fit and improve our well being flock to fitness books for instructions, guidelines, and expertise. However, it’s important to determine exactly which expert – and which book – is the best plan for our individual bodies, lifestyles, and goals. While they all vary, they can all be correct. As Lifehacker writes, these many experts do understand the rules and guidelines of nutritional information, and often are educated in their fields. So, although their information may contradict others’ writings on the very same subject, there’s no reason to doubt any of the many different fitness books – as long as their authors are the experts they claim to be, of course.
When attempting to choose a fitness plan and book, make sure the information is reasonable and healthy. Don’t adopt a plan that requires you to give up healthy eating habits, or to forsake regular activity in an effort to get fit. If you’re ever unsure, you can compare the book’s advice to the governmental guidelines for healthy lifestyles.
Enter a bookstore and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of books on health and wellness lining up the shelves. You will never run out of materials to read that can aid you in improving your health and fitness. Out of this multitude of manuscripts, let us zero in on three books that are on top of the charts.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
This book from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is already on its third edition and is one of the bestsellers of Barnes & Noble and Alibris. The Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning provides a complete information training and conditioning the body for sports and athletics.
Various exercises in working out the body to be physically fit are detailed in this book. It even examines principles and topics that support strength training and conditioning. There are so many advantages of keeping fit such as improved mood, looking better, better healthier skin, and of course, less doctor visits. Although this is a must-read among training and conditioning professionals, this book is also helpful to those who want a better understanding of what exercises can one’s body perform.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals
The term omnivore’s dilemma is what anthropologists refer to when living things face a wide array of options on what they can eat. Taking from this concept, Michael Pollan tackled in this book the food types that are commonly consumed in America. He dissected these food types, differentiating those that are processed, such as those in the fast food chains, from those that are organically grown, and from those that have been gathered through hunting or gardening. Pollan traces the raw materials and sources of the food that are normally eaten and an eye-opener on the kinds of food we usually eat.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Dr. Michael Greger, the author of this book, is known to be the founder of the popular NutritionFacts.org site. He elaborated on proofs about this one diet that can counteract and quash diseases that have been life-threatening. Greger delves into the bases of premature deaths in the US and how a healthy lifestyle and diet can help counter these disorders. How Not to Die is Amazon.com number one bestselling book on Nutrition.
Weight loss and dieting takes a lot of effort because what you are doing is changing your lifestyle and your food choices. With the existence of many types of diet, several books have been published. Why so?
Different diets do not work for everyone. Having said that, you have to do a lot of research in order for you to gauge which of these diets work best for you. This is where the diet books play an important role. With the books about different diets, you are introduced to what they are, their purpose and their methodology that will lead to one thing – weight loss and keeping it off. It will explain how the diet came to be and what lead them to develop it so you have a better understanding.
It serves as your guideline. Oftentimes we do want to start a diet plan but we are completely clueless about what to do or how to go about it. These diet books are the perfect solution. It is there to give you the much needed information on which food to consume more and which of these foods that you need to eliminate. You will also learn more about alternative foods that you can snack on in lieu of those unhealthy chips that you’re so used to eating.
It is an inspiration. There are diet books that contain actual testimonies of people who have tried the diet and have been successful about it. Sometimes all you need is encouragement and validation that it works. Knowing that these people have the same struggle as you do can be comforting. It’s good to know that you are not alone in this journey. To read about their success gives you that motivation and that drive not to give up because you know in the end, you will have the result that you want.
Having healthy glowing skin has its benefits. After all, it is our body’s protection against germs and bacteria that could cause infection. It also regulates our temperature when the environment becomes too hot or too cold. Therefore it is but right that we do what we can to keep it healthy. Here are great books that you can read in order to keep it at is optimum health.
The Skin Commandments: 10 Rules to Healthy Beautiful Skin by Dr. Tony Nakhla
Written by a board-certified dermatologist, this book is an easy read about keeping your skin good looking and healthy. It covers topics like essential foods to eat in order to improve your skin health and at the same time the importance of hydrating inside and outside. These topics can also help with the prevention of stretch marks which is great. Who wants stretch marks after all. With this book the reader will know how to choose the right skincare products, reduce signs of aging and also how to detect skin cancer and how to prevent it.
Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin by Dr. Paul M. Friedman, Dr. Joy Kunishige and Dr. Kristel Polder
The book is a great read if you are dealing with skin-related problems like birthmarks, spider veins, acne scars and other conditions. Each of these conditions were explained in the book including the treatment. There are also stories shared by patients who went through the treatment. A good read for people who want to learn more about keeping your skin beautiful by doing more than just following a regular skin care regimen.
The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor’s Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples and Stretch Marks by Dr. Howard Murad
The book was written by the founder of Murad Skincare, Inc. who specializes in dermatology. It covers the condition that most women dread the most – cellulite. What caused it and how to correct this condition is explained in this book. Aside from that, the book has a bonus program that aims to reduce stretch marks providing readers with a detailed nutrition plan, recommended supplements and advice on external skin care.
Becoming a new parent can be exciting and scary at the same time. You are about to go into a whole new journey that you don’t really know much about. Here are three must-have books that will help you get through it.
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
From the same author of the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this book is a comprehensive guide on what you can expect to happen with your baby on his or her first year. It tackles milestones, growth and sleep strategies. Aside from that you can also find tips such as how you can give your baby a bath or how to interpret your baby’s cry. Most importantly it covers issues such as safety, vaccines, illnesses and SIDS. This book is actually one of the world’s best selling books and a great read for parents.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
Breastfeeding is and has been the most healthy way to nourish your baby. What better way to give your baby the best start in life than to give your baby the best nutrition. This book is a bestselling guide to breastfeeding. It covers all aspects of breastfeeding from the time you prepare for it during pregnancy to nursing positions and how you can express and store breast milk. There are also illustrations in the book that new moms will find very helpful. The book tackles breastfeeding concerns such as nursing multiples, premies and nursing after delivery complications.
The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
Of course we do not want to forget the dads. When a mom is pregnant, the dad is equally anxious and excited too and this book is perfect for them. It covers the emotional, physical and financial changes that a new father may experience from his partner’s pregnancy and onwards. It is an informative book that contains tips and inputs from different experts in the field of psychology, sociology and obstetrics.
You can’t get thin by reading a book. You may be burning calories if you are reading a book after a rigorous strength training but you cannot lose weight just by doing that. However, what you can get from books are new ideas, concepts and new ways of finally shedding off that unwanted pounds.
Here are our top 3 weight loss books that you too should get a hold of.
Thin for Life, by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.
If you have tried all kinds of diet and nothing seems to work, this book is designed for you. It explains why some manage to lose weight and keep it off and why some people gain it back after a few weeks. It does not guarantee any short-term results. Instead it focuses on how you can change your eating habits so you can consistently keep off the unwanted weight. The book also includes several advice on how one could overcome challenges such as binge eating or emotional eating.
The Step Diet Book, by James O. Hill, Ph.D., and John C. Peters, Ph.D., with Bonnie T. Jortberg, M.S., R.D.
This book focuses on cutting down the food portions by 25% and take 10,000 steps a day, tracking them with the use of a pedometer that comes with the book. The good part is you still get to enjoy the foods that you love and because of the pedometer, you are more aware of how active (or inactive) you are and therefore it pushes you to do even more.
Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman
The book talks about toxic hunger and how food addiction leads to weight issues. There are recipes and menus included in the book that you can use. By following the plan which is in the book, you will not only lose weight but your blood pressure and cholesterol level will improve without taking any medications.