Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Everyone, if I could have your attention for a while, please? Thank you. Today, let’s go the bookish way. Let’s talk about health and fitness books that have invaluable information between their covers. Gems to have on your shelf, and to seriously study them.

Please put emphasis on seriously study them. Do you remember the American academic Charles William Eliot, who was elected Harvard’s president in 1869, and what he said about books? Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Now let’s get right into it. Here are 5 health and fitness books you should consider adding to your reading bucket list.

How to Sleep by Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

Yes, how to sleep! Because sleep plays a very important role in our health. Did you know that Friday the 19th of March 2021 was marked and celebrated as World Sleep Day? The day was designated to raise awareness on sleep, a human healthy privilege that is often compromised by modern-day never-ending activities.

In this book, sleep clinician Rafael Pelayo presents that rest is essential, and provides holistic solutions for sleeping better through the night. Sleep has, through research, been determined to have an impact on work performance, and that’s why this book comes on top of our list.  

1001 Ways to Get in Shape by Susannah Marriott

Do you desire a physical body that is fit, well-toned, and energetic? Then this could be the book that’s missing on your shelf. Susannah Marriott offers insights on how to be positive about your body shape through deliberate physical activities, including a floor-scrubbing workout. This beautifully-written book is an easy read, and it packages simple, everyday healthy routines and exercises that anyone can start today.

Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety by Drew Ramsey, M.D.  

Depression and anxiety. Two commonplace issues facing human beings today, thanks to unprecedented global problems like the pandemic, and economies brought to their knees. More than ever, we need to deliberately take care of our mental health.

This book emphasizes the power of ensuring we are eating nutritious food. Ramsey pulls the curtain back on recent research, on the connection between nutritious food and healthy brain functioning. He doesn’t stop at that, as he goes ahead to include a six-week dietary plan that will support a healthy body and mind.

The Energy Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, M.D.

Steven Gundry blesses the world with a timely book that is nothing if not a cornucopia of valuable information on health and well-being. He takes a deep delve into foods you can eat to increase mitochondrial energy production, and nourish the microbiome.

For a list of foods and recipes, accompanied by tools any reader can utilize for a healthier and energetic life, this is the book.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health by Dr. Jeff Brown

This power-packed book is all about using your mind for your own healing and wellness. The author uses inspirational stories that masterfully intersect with useful medical information.

We’ve been constantly taught that the mind-body connection is powerful, and this idea is perfectly brought home in this book. Reading this book will take you into the mind of Dr. Jeff Brown, a renowned clinical psychologist, and Harvard medical school instructor. Reading it will teach you the positive mind-body relationship, and how to cultivate it for a healthier life.

There you have it, books to keep your shelf, and consequently your health, in a fresh and better state. Have the mind to ask for these books the next time you visit your local bookstore, or you could also check your local bookstore’s website and place an order.

Happy healthy living.

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