This may sound a little strange, but if there was ever a time to do some light reading, summer’s making its case. Granted, it’s sunny and warm and the opportunity to be outside enjoying the weather is literally beaming down on you from all angles. But let’s not forget that whilst sunbathing or sitting in the car on a vacation road trip, there’s no better way to pass the time than to read up on ways to keep trucking on your new years resolutions for some added motivation.
1. Stretching by Bob Anderson
Although this book dates back to 1975, the importance of stretching is age-old. With over 2 million copies sold and almost 40 years of relevance, this book has a lot of things right despite being released when fitness awareness was in its infancy. It’s user-friendly organization and easy-to-follow instructions make this book one that got it right the first time.
2. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Amidst the numerous diet plans and having to count calories, Michael Pollan’s Food Rules aims to simplify the understanding of eating, with clarity, concision and a bit of wit. While many diets can be a conundrum, this book is straightforward, imparting memorable rules for eating wisely.
3. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
If you ever thought marathon runners seemed to be nigh superhuman in their ability to run for what seemed like forever, you were spot on. Born to Run chronicles the author’s journey to Mexico in search of a legendary tribe rumored to be able to traverse ultramarathon distances sans rest or injury. If it’s inspiration you’re looking for, look no further than this book to realize that all of us were born to run.
4. Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You’d Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini by Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg
As Apple has told us time and time again, if there’s a menial task you need done, there’s more than likely an app for it. In the same vein, if you’ve got a slightly inappropriate question that is usually only a topic of discussion after a few cocktails, there’s a book for that. So, this summer, you don’t need any liquid courage. Just check out this book, and you’ll finally find out whether contact lenses can be lost inside your head forever.