In the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, maintaining a consistent fitness routine can sometimes feel like trying to jog through a maze. There's a wealth of information available at our fingertips - online articles, fitness apps, magazines, and more. Yet, deciphering what is and isn't bullsh*t amidst this everyday flooding of advice can be as challenging as perfecting a plank. If you've ever felt this way, know that you're not alone and today, we're going on a different kind of journey - a literary one.
These are the three books I find myself recommending to our members over and over. So much so, that I'll using this blog post as an email that new members get when they first join Stoked. I mean it when I say that reading these books can help you overcome most of the obstacles you hit in your fitness journey.
First up, we're diving into "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. This book is a deep dive into the world of habits. Clear offers an enlightening exploration of how small, daily changes can gradually lead to significant transformations. It’s like replacing your mid-afternoon chips with a fruit, or adding five minutes to your daily walk - easy steps that aggregate into mighty outcomes. Clear's wisdom will equip you with a practical approach to sculpting habits that stick, giving you a more consistent and rewarding fitness journey.
Next on our list is a journey into the world of sleep with "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker. Sleep, often the unsung hero of our health and wellness, gets its due in this illuminating read. It's tempting in our busy lives to sideline sleep, but as Walker emphasizes, good sleep is an incredible recovery tool, contributing to everything from muscle repair to mood regulation to hunger control. This book might just turn you into a sleep aficionado, trading late-night screen time for quality z's, and in turn, amplifying your daytime energy and fitness performance.
Last, but by no means least, we're taking a detour through "The Obstacle Is the Way" by Ryan Holiday. Drawing from ancient Stoic wisdom, Holiday encourages us to view our challenges not as hindrances but as springboards to success. We've all had those moments of self-doubt or hesitation - when the alarm goes off early for a workout or when we face setbacks in our progress. Holiday’s insights inspire resilience and a mental shift, turning those intimidating obstacles into exciting milestones on your fitness path.
So there you have it - three fantastic reads to empower your fitness journey. These aren't just books; they're companions that will guide you through the often confusing landscape of fitness, providing you with the practical tools and mental fortitude you need. Whether you're just starting or years into your journey, I believe there's something in these pages for you. Are you ready to turn the page and boost your fitness story?