5 Fitness & Wellness Books Everyone Should Read

There are so many fitness and diet fads out there, it can be hard to decipher which advice to take. It’s safe to say, picking up a book written by a knowledgeable expert is better than following the latest detox tea account on Instagram. Whether you want to delve deeper into yoga or improve your sleep, here are a few must-read health and fitness books to add to your library (and knowledge base).

The Fit-Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet

Raise your hand if you hate the word “diet,” I know I do! Luckily, we have this approach from Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead.  Their Anti-Diet book is more about staying in touch with what your body needs instead of what foods you should avoid. While the goal is to instill healthy habits, you’ll also focus on finding the fun in working out, growing confidence in your body, and eating chocolate. (Yes, really!)

The Science of Yoga

Not a yogi? This book is still worth reading.  Haven’t you always wanted to know what else there is to yoga, other than cool athlesiure outfits and peace of mind? Lead science writer for The New York Times, William J. Broad, has you covered.  This book goes into all the benefits of yoga, like weight loss, creativity boosts, etc.  as well as some hazards you should know before you yo(ga).  It’s also a global journey, as Broad has done a good job at exploring yoga from all corners of the globe.

Eat This, Not That!

You might have seen the title of this book before, as it’s been re-published and updated on a regular basis since its publication in 2007.  A lot has happened since then – fast food chains now publish the caloric intake for each of their meals, restaurants have downsized their portions, and the food industry has continued to evolve.   Though there are lots of ways that eating out (and eating healthier) is easier, having Eat This, Not That! as a go-to guide is a smart move.

Sleep Smarter

Yes, sleep is a huge part of wellness!  Whether you commit to getting eight hours or sleep or not – getting a good night of sleep is imperative to staying productive and healthy while you’re awake.  Shawn Stevenson’s guide offers a 14-day sleep makeover, where you can change your sleep habits to feel less stressed, less sick, and more joy. If this book doesn’t convince you that sleeping well is the cornerstone of a fulfilling life, nothing will.

In Defense of Food

Sometimes, healthy living forgets to mention that it’s okay to love food and to love eating!  Michael Pollan’s book, subtitled as an “eater’s manifesto,” reminds us that it’s okay to enjoy food and to not think about nutrition 24/7.  In Defense of Food discusses food science and how our mindsets shape our health.  It also gives us some simple guidelines to live by – “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With an approach to nutrition that easy, how can we go wrong?



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Mandy Ellis

Mandy Ellis is a certified nutritionist, journalist, traveler, and endless adventurer. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, AOL, Fox, and many others. When she’s not wanderlusting, she’s usually spending time with her French bull dog or hitting the yoga mat.

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