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Could a book really be the go-to piece of kit for your fitness regime when you have a busy schedule? Yes!

Explore our list of best fitness and running books and work out whenever you like!

1. Two times from zero. Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals–Converting Them to Life Strength.

by Stacey Griffith

Athlete or not, this book is a must read.

Two Turns from Zero is Stacey Griffith’s personal story of endurance and motivation. You may know her from the wildly popular SoulCycle Griffith uses her own journey of discovery to motivate others to make the most of their lives.

This book focuses on four key concepts – eat, love, train, and repeat – and is a life handbook as well as a fitness guidebook.

You’ll learn how to use your energy to increase your spiritual and emotional wellbeing all while taking your fitness and health to a new level.

In this book Griffith provides motivation for any part of your life, whether that may be for business or personal goals; her thoughtful, real, and funny stories can remind yourself of your own power to change your life each time you read this book.

2. Habitual Strength

by Tim Anderson.

Do you want to improve your health and live a better life? Of course you do.

Habitual Strength guides you through the simple changes that you should make so that you can have good, daily habits of movement.

There are daily movement routines to help you get there, and even grocery shopping tips to help you build healthy eating and choice habits along the way.

Readers love the author’s easy to understand and engaging words as he paints a clear picture of how to establish habits of strength in your everyday life.

This book can apply to anyone, in any industry or career stage, as the habits and strategies are simple to apply and begin whether you’re at the start, middle, or end of your work week.

Author Tim Anderson also speaks on a numerical level in his chapter, ‘Simple Math’,  to put in perspective the effect and power that our habits, both good and bad, can have on our lives.

3.Lifted: 28 Days to Focus Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Elevate Your Spirit.

by Holly Rilinger.

You may have heard of it, high-intensity interval training or HIIT, it’s been sweeping the nation as one of the best ways to lose weight fast.

However, this is the first program to combine the benefits of mindfulness with such a training regime so that you can transform all your body, mind, and spirit.

Sometimes hitting up the gym after work just isn’t enough, because you don’t feel truly satisfied with your results until your mind and spirit are as strong as your body.

That where this program comes in to close the gap, in four weeks!

There both physical workouts like equipment-free cardio and strength workouts along with exercises for goal-setting and positive thinking so that you can close the gap and overcome both physical and mental challenges.

In support of your new lifestyle there are also guided meditation sessions and easy recipes.

What you learn in this book can also be applied to your professional challenges, and not just your personal health challenges.

4. Weight Training Without Injury: Over 350 Step-by-Step Pictures Including What Not to Do!

by Fred Stellabotte and Rachel Straub.

You can’t afford to get injured. Whether that is a financial matter or a timely manner, a major injury could take you out of work for a day, a week, or even more.

With this book, you can master the essentials of proper weight training and be safe.

Weight Training Without Injury was also the 2016 winner of the International Book Awards in the Sports category and the Health: Diet & Exercise category, so you know the content is quality.

In the first section, you design your program. Whether you’re a novice or advance, there is a choice for you.

You could also choose between split programs or full programs which provides a lot of flexibility depending on your executive schedule.

Section two discusses the actual exercises with plenty of pictures that clearly show the wrong way and the right way so that you can avoid injury.

5. The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days.

by Shona Vertue.

This method combines yoga, weighted resistance training and meditation into one irresistible fusion by Shona Vertue.

Vertue put together her expertise from personal training and teaching yoga to change the way you approach fitness, and in just 28 days.

Have you tried every fitness class out there but never stuck with anything? Or maybe you trained for your company’s 10k, but you can barely touch your toes. Does your office have a gym, but all the weights are strangers and a mystery to you?

Whatever the case, The Vertue Method’s three-in-one method features a blend of resistance training with weights to build strength, yoga to aid flexibility, and a positive, mindful approach to exercise, all combined with recipes to nourish your hard work.

This book also features photos of every exercise for you visual learners and a food plan to increase your energy.

6. Runner’s World Your Best Stride: How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster–With Fewer Injuriess.

by Jonathan Beverly.

This isn’t just a book on how to put one foot in front of the other.

Author Jonathan Beverly’s personal passion for putting his feet to the pavement is what motivated him to write about his experiences, which led to his becoming of editor in chief of Running Times magazine from 2000 to 2015.

Beverly educates you on how the way you spend your non-running hours affects how your body runs.

He especially focuses on how your habits may harm your running and he includes specific, illustrated exercises that show you how to combat your habits outside of running from tight muscles from excessive sitting to arm mobility from hunching over desks and computers.

His how-to, prescriptive information, such as do-at-home tests to determine areas of improvement are simple and grounded in the real world, because he understands that most fit their running in where they can.

Runner’s World Your Best Stride is a guide to human movement and your next favorite tool to improve your running performance so that you can go from desk to treadmill or track every day.

7. The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40.

by Jonathon M. Sullivan, MD.

Author Jonathon M. Sullivan MD, PhD, and Starting Strength Coach, started out with semi-private barbell coaching and programming for older adults (50s and beyond).

He’s taken his knowledge to this book which is, fair warning, not light reading material – the endnotes run for 38 pages!   But, the length and depth provided in this book is excellent for understanding the basis of getting stronger. As you and your company age, age well.

The worst advice an older executive may get is to take it easy, you’ve worked so hard, you’ve earned it now. But it’s the opposite, taking it easy can make you soft.

In The Barbell Prescription, Sullivan lays out the escape path to set yourself apart from the usual fate of older adults with a programmed and extremely logical approach to all of the hard work that is necessary to win at aging.

8. Trunner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever: How to Become a Fit and Healthy Lifelong Runner by Following The Innovative 7-Hour Workout Week.

by Bill Pierce Ed.D. and Scott Murr Ed.D.

Quite literally, if you’re an executive on the run, then read this!

From the same authors of the popular book Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster comes this book which is great for all executives on the run, but especially those that have suffered injuries in the past or those that want to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age.

Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever is a comprehensive program focused on enhancing overall fitness so that you can improve your race times or support healthy aging as you run right into retirement.

Controversies, such as the ones surrounding the dangers of over training or the stress associated with cravings for faster race times are addressed, as well as scientific information on what works to improve your running no matter what stage in live you are currently living.

Do you prefer yoga to get fit and calm your mind and body? We have compiled a list of top books on yoga and meditation with executives and entrepreneurs in mind.

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