Motivation comes and goes when you least expect it. You can wake up one day roaring and ready to go, and other days you can feel flat and uninspired. This is completely normal. Keep in mind that even trained fitness professionals need to find the right motivation to keep them committed to their regime, day in day out.
Motivation can be found in many shapes and forms, too. From working out with a friend or group, to training with a personal trainer or coach. And sometimes it’s the little things, like reading an inspirational quote, watching a fitness video or setting yourself a goal.
One source of inspiration we can’t recommend enough is motivational books. Not limited to fitness, motivational books cover a wide range of health and wellness topics, from mindfulness to lifestyle to diets.
To make your life easier, we’ve listed five of the top motivational and fitness books to add to your reading list.
Finding books to motivate you to exercise isn’t just about the practicalities of specific workouts – they should also consider mental and emotional factors. Brian Keane’s The Fitness Mindset focuses on just that, and aims to change the way people think about exercise, food and themselves.
Mental health is equally as important as physical health. In fact, it forms a huge part of our motivation to exercise. In this guide by Thich Nhat Hanh called The Miracle of Mindfulness, you’ll learn how to achieve a meditative mind at all times, even when completing mundane tasks like washing the dishes.
What we do for a living makes up a huge percentage of our lives. While we work primarily so we can afford to live, it’s also important that we enjoy coming into work every day instead of dreading it. Life’s too short to feel worn out and dissatisfied with our jobs, after all.
This is a challenge that Anytime Fitness’s very own founders, Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen, set out to change. Their book, Love Work, shares their secrets as successful entrepreneurs and aims to empower work leaders to foster more purposeful and positive work environments.
What we choose to eat has big implications not only on our waistline but also the environment and planet as a whole. In Mark Hyman’s Food Fix, you’ll learn how to save your health – along with the economy, communities and planet – one bite at a time.
Pairing the latest in nutritional and environmental science with eye-opening insights into the world’s global food system, this book is equal parts practical and enlightening. A must-read for the environment-conscious dieter.
It might feel like there are more self-help books than you could ever read in a lifetime, and that’s because there are. But there are a few standout reads that really can change the way you live your day-to-day life. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold over 15 million copies since its initial release in 1936, and for good reason. This read offers practical and actionable advice on how to get people to like and relate to you, both at work and in your personal life.
MOTIVATION ON THE MOVE
The need for motivation can strike when we least suspect. So, whether you’re after some fitness inspiration or a personalised workout plan to get you into gear, our Anytime Workouts app offers motivation, wherever you are. Download it today to get access to over 2,700 exercises and 1,100 workouts (available to Anytime Fitness members only).
Healthy happens when you find the right motivation. We hope this list helps you on your path.