When you read more, life expands — these 24 books covering superfoods to fitness, from healthy recipes to juicing, will reshape the way you think and your approach to health and fitness, and help you to live a better life day to day.
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Finding purpose in your work, love, health, fitness and life is a matter of conscious courage in the moment of challenge. “Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”
- Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Despite genes and conditioning, new science shows that we have agency over our lives. Renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show what is truly possible.
- The Brain That Changes Itself – Norman Doidge, M.D.
Research has shown us that every sustained activity ever mapped — including physical activities, sensory activities, learning, thinking, and imagining — changes the brain as well as the mind. Cultural ideas are no exception. Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter, presents a new view of human nature and human potential. He makes the case that understanding how habits work is the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success.
- The Values Factor – John Demartini
Dr. John Demartini’s formula for an inspiring and fulfilling life begins with identifying the values in life that are most important to you. He explores how to align every aspect of your life with your values to deepen your relationships, create an inspiring career, achieve financial freedom and success.
- Today Matters – John Maxwell
When we live in the past or focus on the future at the expense of today, we overlook the most important key to our future success. John Maxwell shows how today is the most important day, with a guide to disciplines and decisions to make the most of it and achieve success.
- The Biology of Belief – Dr. Bruce Lipton
Dr. Lipton shows how the new field of epigenetics is changing our understanding of the interaction between mind and body. Research suggests that genes and DNA do not control our biology, and that DNA is controlled by energy signals from outside the cell, including our thoughts.
- Food Rules – Michael Pollan
Eating has become complicated because people and industries have made it so. The answer to the everyday question, “What should I eat?” is made problematic by politics, morality, shame and confusion. Pollan’s simple set of rules for eating wisely makes it pretty clear the best food choices are as old as humanity itself.
- Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser’s critically acclaimed book launched today’s food movement with its revelations of the fast food industry’s impact on the American landscape, the gap between rich and poor, the obesity epidemic, and food production around the world. In the latest edition of this best-seller, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, workers’ rights and the human right to good, healthy affordable food.
- How To Eat, Move and Be Healthy – Paul Chek
A pioneer in holistic living, Paul Chek explains how our response to food, exercise and stress is unique to each of us and how everything impacts your physiology. For example, your health and wellbeing is affected by the quality and quantity of food, the timing of your meals, even how you chew; and your movement choices in the gym and throughout the day, the information you feed your mind and the time you set aside for the important things all have an impact. Chek provides a four-step program to help you feel your best.
- Nourishing Traditions – Sally Fallon Morell
What we might view as food fads turn out to be nourishing traditions that have fed generations before. Fallon debunks the long-held “truths” about a low-fat diet and provides a guide to a nutritious and delicious way of eating.
- The Roll Model – Jill Miller
Jill Miller has forged an innovative and dramatically effective approach to pain management, healing and recovery from her years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy. Her guide provides a step-by-step method to eliminate pain, increase energy and improve performance.
- Meditate – Swami Muktananda
Swami Muktananda explains that meditation “is our birthright.” Knowing our innermost thoughts and self is a gift available to all and a gift that changes everything. This book is recognized as a guide for those new to meditation, and for experienced meditators who seek to deepen their practice.
- Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting The Soul – Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra shows how building awareness can change the root cause of aging and disease, and allow health and wellness to come forward through ten breakthroughs for body and soul.
- The End of Illness – David B. Agus, MD
Death may be inevitable, but is sickness a required state of being human? Dr. Agus presents a new perspective on health including our individualism. He emphasizes the need for each one of us to know our own bodies and how to gain that insight, to become our own personal health advocates.
- Running and Being – Dr. George Sheehan
A classic and a call to action for a fitness routine that moves beyond sweat, to great revelation and personal growth. Running is great for both physical and spiritual benefits, and Sheehan provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and emotional freedom.
- The Motivation Manifesto – Brendon Burchard
We make convenient but unconscious choices that end up disappointing us greatly. Renowned high-performance trainer Brendon Burchard rallies us to move out of complacency into a charged life, with a how-to guide for activating our personal freedom and freeing ourselves from fear.
- The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how “black swans” – events that are improbable and that carry major consequences – are the explanation for so much in our world, yet we can’t seem to see it because we underestimate the value of what we don’t know and take what we do know a little too seriously. Taleb outlines how to approach life with a new perspective of uncertainty, and offers tools to help us thrive in a “Black Swan world.”
- Becoming A Supple Leopard – Kelly Starrett
Too many people live in pain and unnecessarily inhibit their ability to move through the world, literally. This book empowers the reader to “hack” human movement and perform basic maintenance on the body to unlock energy and unleash fuller potential.
- Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
In the end we hope to have had a chance to reflect on what really matters. Better to spend that time asking the questions now. Gawande recounts this approach in his exploration of our understanding of mortality and the importance of a good life and a good end.
- The Art of Stillness – Pico Iyer
The purpose of getting still is to see where we are and how beautiful it is, as well as where we actually care to go. Iyer shows that despite our constant movement and connectedness, staying still is a more important than ever. “Going nowhere… isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.”
- Mindset – Carol Dweck
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck explains the power of mindset. She reveals our inner coaching dialogue and our conditioning to judge our outcomes as a performance or a learning opportunity, and explores how praise can jeopardize success.
- Self-Renewal – John W. Gardner
The renewal of our world depends on the renewal of the individual. In this classic, the reader is called upon to reflect and restore deeply in order to create each day anew. “The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life — not only the claims he encounters but the claims he invents.”
- The Heart of Yoga – T. K. V. Desikachar
Desikachar explores the philosophy and practices behind yoga, including the teachings of his father, Krishnamacharya — regarded as one of the greatest modern yogis. This book distills Krishnamacharya’s teachings and Desikachar’s method, which is based on the fundamental concept of viniyoga – continual adaptation to the individual’s changing needs for maximum therapeutic value.