Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Exercise & Fitness. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is on a mission to tackle one of the most stubborn health problems in the country: chronic disease in the African American community. African Americans are heavier and sicker than any other group in the U.S., with nearly half of all Black adults suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease. After Adams woke up with severe vision loss one day in 2016, he learned that he was one of the nearly 5 million Black people living with diabetes-and, according to his doctor, he would have it for the rest of his life. A police officer for more than two decades, Adams was a connoisseur of the fast-food dollar menu. Like so many Americans with stressful jobs, the last thing he wanted to think about was eating healthfully. Fast food was easy, cheap, and comfortable. His diet followed him from the squad car to the state senate, and then to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where it finally caught up with him. But Adams was not ready to become a statistic. There was a better option besides medication and shots of insulin: food. Within three months of adopting a plant-based diet, he lost 35 pounds, lowered his cholesterol by 30 points, restored his vision, and reversed his diabetes. Now he is on a mission to revolutionize the health of not just the borough of Brooklyn, but of African Americans across the country. Armed with the hard science and real-life stories of those who have transformed their bodies by changing their diet, Adams shares the key steps for a healthy, active life. With this book, he shows readers how to avoid processed foods, cut down on salt, get more fiber, and substitute beef, chicken, pork, and dairy with delicious plant-based alternatives. In the process he explores the origins of soul food-a cuisine deeply important to the Black community, but also one rooted in the horrors of slavery-and how it can be reimagined with healthy alternatives. Features more than 50 recipes from celebrities and health experts, including Paul McCartney, Queen Afua, Jenné Claiborne, Bryant Jennings, Charity Morgan, Moby, and more! The journey to good health begins in the kitchen-not the hospital bed!

  • Author: Eric Adams
  • Publisher: Hay House Inc.; 1st edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1401960568
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 0.81 x 9.25 inches

                 

2. Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

An all-new production of the phenomenal best seller, now featuring exclusive new conversations with the authors! For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats - Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds of relentless competitors in sports, business, and every walk of life - and made them greater. Now, for the first time ever, he reveals what it takes to achieve total mental and physical dominance, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire. Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In “The Relentless 13”, he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack.  Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients - “don’t think” - and shows you that anything is possible. Packed with previously untold stories and unparalleled insight into the psyches of the most successful and accomplished athletes of our time, Relentless shows you how even the best get better...and how you can too.

  • Author: Tim S. Grover
  • Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture, Motivation & Self-Improvement

                 

3. Baby Sign Language Made Easy: 101 Signs to Start Communicating with Your Child Now


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

The easy way to teach sign language to babies and toddlers ages 0 to 3 Sign language is a fun and effective way for babies to communicate without words and develop essential early learning skills, but knowing where to start can be a challenge. This book of baby sign language makes it easy, with 101 useful, everyday ASL signs and a clear, simple format that explains what signs are best to start with and tips for teaching them. Whether it’s asking for milk or telling you that they’re tired, you’ll learn how to give your baby the tools to tell you what they’re thinking. Baby sign language basics ―Get an overview of what baby sign language is and how it can help you and your child connect, as well as how it can aid in their development. How to teach signs ―Find guidance for getting started, capturing your baby’s attention, and when to add more signs based on their age and progress. Easy organization ―Each chapter is organized by topics like mealtime, getting dressed, playtime, animals, and feelings, so it’s quick to find the signs you need. Start communicating early, with the baby sign language book that makes it simple.

  • Author: Lane Rebelo
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (June 12, 2018)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diseases & Physical Ailments
  • ISBN: 978-1641520775
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches

                 

4. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance. The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits. As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times , Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

  • Author: Alex Hutchinson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology

                 

5. 5-Minute Core Exercises for Seniors: Daily Routines to Build Balance and Boost Confidence


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Strengthen your core and boost your confidence with 5-minute exercise routines for seniors Having a strong core can improve mobility, reduce aches and pains, prevent falls, and build everyday confidence. 5-Minute Core Exercises for Seniors makes it easy to incorporate daily exercise for seniors, with a collection of 40 individual movements and 25 quick routines for strengthening the major core muscles. This guide to exercise for seniors helps you: Get to know your core ―Learn the muscle groups that make up your core, the benefits of keeping them strong, the importance of breathing and stretching, and the latest science behind exercise for seniors. Enjoy a wide variety of exercises ―Discover a range of seated, standing, on-the-mat, and weighted exercises that mimic everyday movement and don’t require any special equipment. Follow step-by-step instructions ―Find how-tos and illustrations for engaging the right muscles and preventing injury, as well as tips to increase or decrease the intensity of each movement to meet your needs. Improve strength, balance, and confidence with this detailed introduction to core exercise for seniors.

  • Author: Cindy Brehse
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diseases & Physical Ailments
  • ISBN: 978-1648766565
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.43 x 9.25 inches

                 



6. Treat Your Own Back


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Helping thousands of back pain sufferers worldwide, this book offers do-it-yourself relief of lower back pain through postural changes, ergonomics and simple exercises. It provides a clear understanding of the causes and treatments of persistent back pain. The completely revised and formatted ninth edition of the landmark patient book contains easy-to-read, updated content, new photos and numerous pages of education and clinically-proven exercises utilizing the renowned McKenzie Method®. Written by Robin McKenzie. Illustrated. Softcover; 112 pages.

  • Author: Robin McKenzie
  • Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products; 9th edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diseases & Physical Ailments
  • ISBN: 978-0987650405
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches

                 

7. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school. Based on Kira Willey’s Parents’ Choice GOLD Award-winning CD, Mindful Moments for Kids , this one-of-a-kind book is sure to help kids find calm, gain focus, and feel energized during the day, and encourage families to establish a fun and consistent mindfulness practice, whether at home or on the go.

  • Author: Kira Willey
  • Publisher: Rodale Kids; Illustrated edition (December 5, 2017)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1623368838
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.31 x 9.13 inches

                 

8. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” ( Booklist , starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.” Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog , he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers. Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.

  • Author: Phil Knight
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • ISBN: 978-1501135927
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

                 

9. Summer Bridge Activities Workbook―Bridging Grades 1 to 2 in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Summer Learning Activity Book With Flash Cards (160 pgs)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

Prevent summer learning loss and prepare your child for back-to-school success in just 15 minutes a day with engaging activities, exercises, fun games, and more―all in one workbook! Workbook Features: • Ages 6-7, bridging grades 1-2 • 160 pages, about 8 inches x 10 ½ inches • Includes over 60 days of activities! • Reading, writing, math, science, social studies, fitness activities, and more • Flash cards, stickers, completion certificate, and answer key included Summer Learning: Summer Bridge Activities Workbook helps first―second graders keep their skills sharp during the summer months to stop summer slide through fun practice pages and activities, engaging fitness activities, and more. What’s Included: This book includes versatile subjects covering writing, parts of speech, adding and subtracting, social studies, science experiments, fitness activities, and more. Includes flash cards, stickers, and a completion certificate. How It Works: Each page is numbered by day so kids and parents can track progress and reach monthly learning goals. Each activity features clear, step-by-step instructions and practice pages to help sharpen students' skills for the school year ahead. Just 15 Minutes A Day: Two months of learning loss occurs during the summer, with the highest losses being in math and spelling. This activity book is designed to prevent summer brain drain in just 15 minutes per day through engaging activities. Why Summer Bridge: Award-winning Summer Bridge Activities® engage children's creativity and learning potential and keep kids mentally and physically active to prevent summer learning loss and pave the way for a successful new school year ahead.

  • Author: Summer Bridge Activities
  • Publisher: Summer Bridge Activities; Act Csm St edition (January 25, 2015)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1483815817
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.41 x 10.6 inches

                 

10. The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Exercise & Fitness - August 2021

“If you've been looking for something different to level up your health, fitness, and personal growth,  this is it .” (Melissa Urban, Whole30 CEO and  New York Times  best-selling author) Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild. In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? In this gripping investigation, award-winning journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort. Easter’s journey to understand our evolutionary need to be challenged takes him to meet the NBA’s top exercise scientist, who uses an ancient Japanese practice to build championship athletes; to the mystical country of Bhutan, where an Oxford economist and Buddhist leader are showing the world what death can teach us about happiness; to the outdoor lab of a young neuroscientist who’s found that nature tests our physical and mental endurance in ways that expand creativity while taming burnout and anxiety; to the remote Alaskan backcountry on a demanding 33-day hunting expedition to experience the rewilding secrets of one of the last rugged places on Earth; and more. Along the way, Easter uncovers a blueprint for leveraging the power of discomfort that will dramatically improve our health and happiness, and perhaps even help us understand what it means to be human.  The Comfort Crisis  is a bold call to break out of your comfort zone and explore the wild within yourself.

  • Author: Michael Easter
  • Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel, Adventure