The work of Dr. James Levine really was the catalyst to my interest in reducing sedentary activity. Levine has put together a very easy read that starts from the beginning of evolution to the modern office chair. This book contains everything you need to know about the dangers of sitting. Great introduction to the topic and I highly recommend this book!
Originally Released: July 29, 2014
The Story of the Human Body by Dr. Daniel Lieberman
Written by evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman, this text gets into the hardcore science behind how we evolved to become modern Homo sapiens. Lieberman explains interesting topics such as: how we can physically talk, why people have impacted molars, and most importantly…how and why we move. The Story for the Human Body gets technical quick, but you learn a lot!
Originally Released: October 1, 2013
The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant
Durant was a student of Lieberman (above). This is a reader-friendly look at how “paleo” lifestyle habits or hacks will help improve your health. Everything from sleep hygiene to functional fitness training programs are covered. The Paleo Manifesto is sort of a less technical version of The Story of the Human Body. Good beginner book on nutrition and fitness!
Originally Released: May 20, 2014
Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
Another great book that introduces you to why obesity happens and provides lifestyle solutions on how to live a more primal lifestyle. Living like our ancestors did. Sisson paints the picture with two characters, Grok, our healthy early human, and Korg, Grok’s modern day counterpart that lives an unhealthy life guided by conventional wisdom. This book is a great introduction to healthy lifestyles and its layout makes it easy to read and understand.
Originally released: January 14, 2014
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman
Eat Fat, Get Thin is new for 2016. Dr. Hyman educates us on the latest research related to weight loss, and the major misconceptions on nutrition. It is a nice update to Good Calories, Bad Calories (below). This book gets a little dense on the science and research side but is easy to grasp main concepts after just a couple rereads. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to understanding how basic metabolism works. The second half of the book includes a meal plan and recipes.
Originally Released: February 23, 2016
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Good Calories, Bad Calories dives deep into how our modern food supply has gotten most people in trouble. Taubes tackles the gammet of topics related to obesity and weight gain including: how genetics determine where people gain weight, the differences in calories and what each does to your body, and how government recommendations are based on bad research. This book is science-heavy and very dense in its information. If you want to learn the history of the obesity and the science behind it all, then this book is for you!
Originally Released: September 23, 2008
Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes
This book is a more reader-friendly version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. The information is distilled down into basic ideas and concepts, yet provides you with the core ideas related to: why we get fat, how to change your diet, and how recommendations by large agencies have mislead us on how to eat properly.
Originally Released: December 27, 2011
Eat Meat and Stop Jogging by Mike Sheridan
This book is a collection of various research articles that are summarized for real-world applications and easy to read. Topics covered in this book includes: nutrition myths, what prolonged cardiovascular exercise does to your body, and clarification on the effects of meat- or plant-based diets. The book has short chapters, which makes it easy to read on a short bus trip or lunch break.
Originally Released: April 24, 2014
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
This book highlights 21 Tips to help improve your sleep. Contents may fall under the “sleep hygiene” category. Adjusting things like how late you watch TV and how much sun you get each day would fall under “sleep hygiene”. Sleep Smarter taps into how our body responds to different conditions and is an easy read!
Originally Released: March 15th, 2016
Undeniable by Bill Nye
Bill Nye eloquently and simply lays out the framework for evolution. Undeniable is a great foundational book for anybody interested in science. This book is very readable and describes how and why science works. Taken in the context movement and physical activity, lessons learned from this book really adds to everything you will learn about health and wellness. Bill is a great and, at times, comical writer. Undeniable is filled with interesting facts about science and why evolution is such an important part of understanding modern health problems.
Originally Released: September 8, 2015
Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai
Pedram is a (former) Taoist Monk looking to help out the stressed-out world. While this book includes many meditation exercises, it packs great value and talks about everything from sleep, exercise, nutrition to dealing with modern-day technology. A great book to help simplify and slow down areas of your stressed-out life…
Originally Released: February 2, 2016
Joe De Sean is the creator of the Spartan Race. Events that challenge you physically and mentally. Joe has an interesting approach to life brought about by working hard. This book makes you rethink what in your life you thought were difficult. When you do 100 burpees before 6 a.m. or go swimming in ice cold water, then replying to an email is really not that bad. Spartan Up is filled with crazy stories of endurance and challenges Joe puts his athletes through. If you are looking for new ways to challenge yourself, check this book out!
Originally Released: May 13, 2014