Be a Master of Your Health: Fitness and Health Books to Educate and Inspire
Posted Sep 22 2012 10:09am
Getting stronger or losing weight by changing your diet and starting an exercise regimen will only be successful if you have the right knowledge and a little inspiration. Although there are thousands of fitness and nutrition books on the market, only a small fraction are worth making note of, because many of them contain fad diets that are the exact opposite of nutritious or exercise regimens that are too difficult for beginners to tackle.
However, among all the bad apples are great works that will not only give you the facts you need to make better health care decisions, they will also motivate you to push harder and go further than you ever thought possible. Below are four examples of fitness and nutrition guides that contain realistic, attainable and often objective information for optimal health.
• Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life by Ellie Krieger and Kelly James-Enger: This book is not about dieting. It is about common sense. Written by registered dietician and New York University nutrition professor, Ellie Krieger, Small Changes, Big Results is all about slowly changing your lifestyle one week at a time. For three months, this book will help you make small changes in the three core areas of diet and nutrition; exercise, fitness and emotional wellness. Instead of daunting, the tips in this book are actually quite easy and are all about changing bad habits into good ones, producing noticeable results.
• Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll: This book tells the incredible true story of a man who transformed his body at the age of 40 to become one of the world’s 25 fittest men. After years of too much work, stress, overeating and not enough exercise, Roll decided to change his ways. In addition to a physical journey, his efforts also took him on a spiritual journey that helped him find his true self and inner strength. A truly inspirational story for readers of all ages.
• The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies by Jordan Metzl and Mike Zimmerman: It doesn’t matter if you’re not an athlete; if you exercise, you need this book. Written by Dr. Jordan Metzl, one of the nation’s leading sports medicine physicians, The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies covers such important topics as how to identify and self-treat common sports injuries and medical conditions, what to eat to fuel your workout and what exercises to do to prevent injuries. Filled with detailed illustrations, this is a perfect go-to guide for anyone with a minor physical injury and is also great for parents with children who participate in team sports.
• Nutrition: Science and Applications by Lori A. Smolin and Mary B. Grosvenor: This is a textbook that is great for anyone wanting to learn the foundations of human nutrition. Though expensive and written in academic style, Nutrition covers just the facts about what makes up the food we eat, how much we need to eat and why and why certain foods are better for us than others, no fad diets included. Other chapters in this textbook cover more subject-specific topics such as nutrition and exercise, nutrition at every stage of life and the safety of the global food supply.
All of the above works can be found online at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.
Leslie Johnson has a day job in the health care industry and also works as a freelance writer for health care websites, such as www.MastersinHealthcare.com . Her articles cover the many facets of health and fitness, from trends in health care careers to personal tips and advice. Leslie welcomes your comments and questions below!