Sometimes you need to hear the right words, emotionally strung together, to feel motivated. Sure, reading motivational fitness books can offer practical advice, but as humans, it is even more important that we hear others’ stories. We need to be reassured that we are not the first to overcome a certain set of obstacles, and there are many approaches to see our way through. Add these inspirational fitness motivation books to your summer reading list for a kick in the behind.
Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes Remarkable Results by James Clear. Reviewers say this book will “show you your truths,” and “can be applied to many different areas of life.” Habits are basically building muscle memory. Learn good habits and you will see your fitness goals to completion, every time.
Building a Positive Mindset
The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity by Catherine A. Sanderson. According to this author’s research, positive people live on average 7.5 years longer than their not-so-positive counterparts. Reviewers mentioned enjoying Sanderson’s level-headed writing and solid study references. Others say that the book made a good case for optimism, so if you’re unsure of the power of optimistic thinking, this is a must-read.
Explore Mental Toughness
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins. Gritty people are more likely to be successful. Goggins tells his story of overcoming childhood trauma and how he got ‘gritty’ to succeed. Much of a successful lifestyle is about getting out of your own head. Goggins promises if you can get out of the caged spaces of the mind you will beat the odds. The star quote of this book... most of us only tap into 40 percent of our capabilities.
Encourage Yourself to Seize the Day
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath. It seems strange that we would recommend a book about ‘experiences’, but here’s the thing, wellness is a long-term game. Health and fitness should be an enriching part of your life. Use small moments to power your new lifestyle. Reviewers gave this book 4.7 stars out of 5, impressive.
For the Fitness Junkie
Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life by Ben Greenfield. You know the basics but you want to take your training to the next level, well then this book will be an easy buy. Ben Greenfield explores how fitness and life intermingle. He covers everything from how to speed up recovery to how to fix a leaky gut. Some Amazon reviewers are calling for an update for this book, but the general consensus remains: the book will level up your fitness game and teach you neat bio-hacking wellness tricks!
How To Begin Your Wellness Journey
The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation by Michael Matthews. Do this now sections, found at the end of each chapter were a win with Amazon reviewers for this book. (Allowing them to put their recently acquired knowledge straight to the test!) One book reviewer pointedly exclaimed, ““If Arnold [Schwarzenegger], Mark Manson, and Richard Feynman wrote a personal development book...this would be it.” And with an exclamation like that, it makes us wonder if we even have to explain the book further, but we will. Buy this fitness motivation book if you struggle with patience, disciplining yourself, or finding the energy to reach your wellness goals.
Athlete-Level Advice with Sustainable Results
The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow (Author), Jim Craig (Foreword). This book is for those who want their fitness advice straight from the mouth of a professional with a Ph.D. in sports psychology... (and not a self-published fitness guru.) Learn how to get in the zone and train like professional athletes do. An Amazon reviewer spilled they used this book to get them ready for a triathlon!
Fitness for Every Body: Strong, Confident, and Empowered at Any Size by Meg Boggs. Boggs wants everyone to know fitness doesn’t have one look. As she puts it, your body is capable of many things, don’t discount your abilities based on your size. What we love is how this book pokes and prods at thin privilege and how to rethink wellness!
Really Know Gut Health
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health by Find recipes and a menu plan to inspire your gut microbes to flourish. Don’t be fooled by the beginning of the book says one reviewer, “At first I thought I had wasted my money learning about something I have researched on the web many times, however, there is a key insight in this book that I have not encountered anywhere else: the importance of adequate fiber in the diet to make probiotics more effective. I never really understood the fiber link until I read this book.”