Do we not all want to know how to improve our lives with more health, happiness, energy, success, love etc? Do we not all want achieve our own versions of success? Books (the knowledge of others) allow us to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ – to bypass learning through our own experiences and learn through others. We can catapult out knowledge and expertise every day, in the comfort of our own beds (or fave chairs), by simply reading from the best books. Even as an English major, I don’t consider myself biased about the power of books. Yet, reading is often neglected.
I challenge you to replace 15 minutes of media time with reading. Pick valuable, non-fiction books, and see how your mentality and life starts to change. These 10 book below are a great place to start.
10 Books That Will Make You Stronger, Healthier & Thinner FOR LIFE
Re-Awaken The Giant Within ~ Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is a famous master on behavior change. Most people just give instructions on how to change, but Tony explains the reasoning behind it all – what we do, and WHY we do it. This book demonstrates how to upgrade the standards in your life, and give you proven methods to help you achieve your ideal reality. You will honestly re-wire your brain with this book.
By the way, it’s currently a FREE DOWNLOAD! I printed mine up, and read it while on the elliptical. Whenever I reread it, my focus and effectiveness is honed. #noexcuses. This is my #1 recommendation.
MORE of the Fit Woman’s Secrets ~Lorna Jane Clarkson
Get inside the head of Lorna Jane Clarkson’s, ‘Move, Nourish, Believe,’ lifestyle philosophy. How does she think? Live? Find balance? Do it all? Maintain a six-pack happily at 50 years old? She spills it all in her ever-positive fashion.
If I’m ever in a fitness funk, I pull this out. Her healthy lifestyle draws you in, making you wonder why you would ever settle for less. The images are gorgeous, and it offers bonus recipes too.
Power Of Habit ~Charles Duhigg
Our lives, for the most part, are governed by our habits. What we achieve, how we live, and how we consistently feel, are just a few of the major players ruled by our habits. This well-researched book not only explains how habits are formed, how they work and how to re-wire them, but it’s all done in a very entertaining way.
Prepare to learn a lot about your brain, your current patterns (good and bad), and how you can overwrite any bad habit.
Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss ~ Dean Karnazes
What does the world’s most famous ultra-marathoner think while running hundreds of miles? Dean Karnazes, known to his friends as, Karno, will change your perspective on what it means to be tough. I gifted to this to runner friend of mine, because it offers tremendous perspective on pushing yourself to your ultimate potential. So often, we think we are pushing ourselves, but really, we’re still pretty comfortable. If you need more mental toughness and tenacity, you this a must-read. And, it’s extremely fun and interesting.
Naturally Thin ~ Bethenny Frankel
You may roll your eyes at Bethenny Frankel, but this book offers concrete takeaway value on how to live diet-free, while staying thin, for life. In it, she shares her 10 rules that she lives by every day. You will learn how to calm the food noise, enjoy food more, and how to eat what you want while maintaining your weight. She has mastered how to feel zero deprivation – making being thin absolutely sustainable and enjoyable. I re-read this one when cravings are yelling. ; )
All-Day Energy Diet ~ Yuri
Yuri owns the subject of energy optimization. Using science-based research, he teaches simple ways you can maximize your energy, and the common pitfalls many of us are falling for. Best of all, you can implement the information immediately, and you will also reap the rewards immediately. I am forcing Chad to read this one. Not reading this, is well,
just stupid unwise.
Tone It Up. 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous ~Karena Dawn & Katrina Scott
Karena and Katrina beam with health and female empowerment. What I love about this book is that walks you through how to evolve into a confident, fabulous, and generous woman by giving you a set of daily challenges for 28 days that include a workout challenge, food of the day, ‘fierce challenge,’ and ‘fabulous challenge.’ It’s so much more than your cookie-cutter diet book. Often, we are stuck in negative thinking about ourselves and/or healthy lifestyles, and their book is the ultimate dropkick for that. Confession: I bought this book, thinking I would return in it, but there was no way I was going to that after reading it.
Brain Over Binge. Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn’t Work, and How I Recovered For Good ~ Kathryn Hansen
Many of us, myself included, can struggle with overeating because we’re bombarded with highly-palatable, addicting food. Although overeating and binging are different, this book is one woman’s story about how she overcame her binge-eating disorder and bulimia in an abrupt way, after struggling for over 12 years (even with years of therapy). She always told herself, if she learned how to overcome binging, she would share it. There are extremely valuable takeaways from this book, that will give you tools to end binging, which can easily be applied to overeating. Plus, it gives you empathy for everyone who struggles with food.
The Secret ~ Rhonda Byrne
I’m going to spill ‘The Secret.’ This book is about the Law Of Attraction, teaching you how what you think and believe will be attracted to you. It’s mostly a combination of quotes, curated by the author, and is divided into topics, like wealth, love, health, etc. Reading this will help you uncover your patterns of thought, and how they are serving you, for better or worse, and give you the tools to harness your thoughts and beliefs to get whatever you want in life. Until you believe you can do something, you’re set up for failure. You will learn how to visualize the person you want to be, and become that person.
Master Your Metabolism ~ Jillian Michaels
This book does a great job explaining how metabolism and hormones work, how they are damaged or improved, and how we can use this knowledge to maintain a great physique in a time-efficient way. There is a lot of confusion about what is healthy and what’s not, and unfortunately, doing and or/eating the wrong things can sabotage your physique goals, or make them much harder to reach. A huge part of health is understanding the endocrine system (think hormones system), and Jillian breaks it down in an easy-to-understand way, allowing you to make educated decisions on what you eat, how you move, and minimizing stress to your body.
Honestly, I never regret reading a book. You don’t have to read books word for word (I skim first, and then go back if I think it’s worth it), just filling your mind with new perspectives, ideas and research will help equip you with knowledge on how you want to live, and how to do it effectively every day.
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Questions For Your Lovely Self
- What books do you recommend? Any big life-changers?
- Have you read any of these?
- When and where do you like to read?
- How do you fit reading into your life?