I have read a LOT of books on Health, Diet and Fitness. The ones listed here deeply resonate with my natural therapy leanings and are packed with knowledge and great content.
You will not find any ‘diet’ books here even though I have read a lot of them. Its because I find most of them to be only brainwash material instead of a good resource. As is my philosophy, your diet is part of your lifestyle and healthy living is a result of it. In short, ‘Health’ and ‘Diet’ cannot be in isolation. So most of the books here are from the health perspective. Read On..!
1. How to Eat, Move and be Healthy
– by Paul Chek
Paul’s concepts of health are like a fresh breath of air. As a Holistic Health Practitioner and Neuromuscular Therapist with tons of experience he presents complex information in an easily digestible format.
The book covers a lot of basic principles that we surprisingly skip in our daily lives. The exercise section is a bit of an overkill. But if you haven’t used your muscles for a long time or ever (!) this is a good place to start.
In short, make this the first book you read about health and you will not be able to help but feel inspired to make positive changes to your lifestyle.
2. Dr. Bob’s Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones
– by Dr Robert DeMaria
This book talks about how the chemicals present in our environment and even our medications are affecting our bodies – specifically our hormonal health. More importantly it does not talk in general terms but tells specifically how each are distinctly affecting our hormones.
Dr Bob has years of experience in helping people overcome their hormonal problems and he shares these instances in a way that makes the problems easy to understand. The advice is timeless and SO important in this day and age where every other person is struggling with hormonal imbalance.
I love how easy to read yet detailed this book is. If you are a woman, I recommend this as a MUST READ. If you are a man, then gift it to the women in your life.
*Dr Bob also has a book on Men’s Health (which I haven’t read but it has just as great reviews as the book above). Do check it out if it interests you – Men’s Health – The Basics by Dr Robert DeMaria (B008JSLDDS)
3. 12 Health and Fitness Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
– by Michael Matthews
Mike Matthews takes all the pseudo popular advise you hear in gyms and busts them one by one with logic and scientifically backed arguments. He talks about the mythical fat burning zone, dissects the eat-many-meals a day dieting approach, the myth of alcohol consumption and muscle breakdown, etc.
He takes all the so-called fitness rules and turns them on their heads. If you are into fitness then this is a must read.
Also, this is available for free for Kindle Download* (click the link on the title) OR you can also download it from Mike’s website where he is sharing it in exchange for your email id (go to www.muscleforlife.com).
4. The Last Scroll
– by James Friction
I love how this book integrates the concepts of healthy mind and body into an action packed storyline. Even though the narration could have been streamlined, I admire how it brings together various components of healthy living.
This book will get you thinking about the things that matter in your life and how your happiness ties in with each of them.
Get its e-book* version, don’t bother with a paperback one.
5. The Complete Book of Yoga: Harmony of Body and Mind
– by Sri Ananda
There are so many versions to Yoga that the basic essence of the practice is getting lost. Sri Ananda explains the basic concepts beautifully in this introductory book to Yoga. I find myself referring to it repeatedly as it provides a simple explanation of the concepts of Yoga and also succinctly discusses what should comprise of a Healthy Diet.
But mainly it includes information about Asanas and Pranayama exercises and is full of illustrations. In the end, it provides two sequence of asanas that you can do everyday for 30 mins or an hour. This ties all these exercises together beautifully and will allow you to start your Yoga practice in earnest. Get your hands on this if you are looking for a reference book on Yoga.
If you know of great books on Health and Fitness, I would love to read them too! Please do share them in the comments below.
*Note: You can download a kindle app on your device and read the e-book versions from there
PS: I will keep updating this list as I come across more gems 🙂
Last edited October 2015.