At first glance, exercise and reading might seem like they have nothing in common. However, look a little harder and you’ll find these 2 activities (and particularly their respective benefits) are more similar than you think! 

For example, both reading and exercise work in different ways to: 

  • Aid concentration and focus
  • Keep the brain active and slow the progress of diseases like Alzheimers and dementia
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve memory function

In honour of World Book Day on 5 March, we’ve put together a list of some of the most enlightening and informative health, fitness and wellness books we love. 

Take a look:

The Plant-Based Boost by Melissa Halas

A renowned dietitian and nutritionist, Melissa Halas shows us exactly how incorporating more plant-based foods in our daily diet can help us improve performance and smash our fitness goals. The book illustrates the numerous evidence-backed benefits of plant-based proteins and healthy fats, dispelling the idea that we need meat for protein. 

Comprehensive and easy-to-follow, you’ll find useful advice and guidance on everything from meal prepping to snack strategies to apply before, during and after a workout for the best results.

Breathwork by Valerie Moselle

As all yogis know, deep breathing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to calm your mind, destress and increase blood flow and oxygen throughout your body. Written by yoga teacher Valerie Moselle, Breathwork leads readers through a practical 3-week program of intentional breathing, using different techniques.

A must-read for anyone who wants to reduce stress, calm the mind, boost energy levels, improve their overall health and energise their life. 

Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks

Turns out there’s a reason this book is so popular! Lean in 15 not only features a hundred recipes for nutritious, quick-to-prepare meals but has multiple calorie-burning HIIT sessions to try at home. A brilliant read, it shows us how to combine food and exercise to burn fat, build muscle and still enjoy ourselves. 

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker 

While sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, affecting our health, longevity, mood, focus and more, it is increasingly neglected in modern society. Long work hours, busy social schedules, the demands of family-life and maintenance of a household all combine to reduce the length and quality of our sleep. 

It’s not until recently that scientists have started investigating exactly why we sleep and the purpose it serves. In this book, scientific expert Professor Matthew Walker uses cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Why We Sleep looks at everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime. 

Running Life by Kelly Holmes

In Running Life, Dame Kelly Holmes teaches us how to make positive changes to our mindset, exercise routine and diet to help live our best lives. Packed full of advice and personal tips, it will help you find out how to use fitness and nutrition as a way of feeling good and reaching your peak mental and physical health. 

Gut by Giulia Enders

In the last few years more and more research has revealed the link between our guts and overall health and happiness. For example, new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s. 

In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that the gut is not simply a bit embarrassing, but one of the most complex and important parts of our anatomy. Enders explains everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, to create an entertaining, informative health handbook. She shows us the myriad ways we can benefit from treating our guts well. 

Our Favourite Health & Fitness Books For World Book Day
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Our Favourite Health & Fitness Books For World Book Day
With World Book Day on 5 March, discover some of the most enlightening and informative health, fitness and wellness books we love.
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