We don’t know about everyone else out there, but in the Sockel household, holidays equal food bingeing. There are desserts, stuffing and breads of all kinds to be eaten. Basically, if it’s a carb, we indulge on it during the holiday season. While we wish the joy and cheer would stay all year round, one thing we don’t plan on keeping is the weight we may have gained during the last month. Animals can store fat for the winter all they want; the Brother’s Sockel plan on burning it off. Here are some books to help your patrons do the same:

You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren & Joshua Clark – As an avid gym user who tries to work out as often as possible, there is one thing that I loathe: Being at a fitness center when it is absolutely jam packed. It’s irritating trying to find machines and I really don’t need to watch guys in cutoffs staring at themselves in mirrors. For first timers, it can be overwhelming. Lauren has a solution for those who want to get in a workout and avoid the hassle of the gym around New Years. In You Are Your Own Gym, Lauren provides ways to get lean and strong in the comfort of your own home, on-the-go or anywhere else. All you need is your own body resistance, will power and dedication. Gym membership not required.

The Belly Fat Cure Fast Track by Jorge Cruise – Every January, we get inundated with fad diet ideas and infomercials about how to “drop that extra holiday weight,” but the truth is that no magic cure really exists. If you can’t afford to have that fat sucked out of you like a celebrity, then what you need is a healthy diet and consistent exercise. In The Belly Fat Cure Fast Track, Cruise provides just that. You’ll see how simple it is to swap healthy foods in and maintain a safe and doctor-approved diet. Learn how to lose that spare tire around your waste and keep it off the right way.

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss – If you believe in Tim Ferriss and his “4-Hour” plans, and are willing to attempt some quirky experiments to improve your body image rapidly, this is the book for you. Alongside the titles above, The 4-Hour Body is geared toward creating a better “superhuman” version of yourself. Perhaps the difference in this case, however, is that Ferriss aims to institute “little” changes in your life that will make a huge impact. For example, rather than sleeping eight consecutive hours at night, he recommends six periodic naps through the day of 20 minutes each. Ferriss claims that following his steps will bear almost immediate results, thus taking the need for immense willpower out of the equation. Many are skeptical of the claims made in this book (e.g., increase fat loss by 300% with a few bags of ice), but many have also come out in support and claim to be proof that the plan can work. Regardless, the experiments make for an interesting read.

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation by Mark Sisson – For all the progress and advances we’ve made, Mark Sisson’s Primal diet suggests that maybe we should be eating like cavemen. Based on certain aspects of the Paleolithic Diet, Sisson, like Ferriss, teaches how to avoid foods like carbs as a jumping off point, and then goes through a series of challenges that attempt to institute longer term lifestyle changes. The point is that you’ll  learn to live in a new way and create habits that will help you live a better, more fulfilling life. This might not be about instant gratification, but it’s about enjoying a new lifestyle and wanting to go on living that way.

These books, along with many others pertaining to diet, exercise and general well-being, can be found in the Recommended Order section of Content Reserve. Now we have to go hit the gym. Or do we?

Wishes for a safe and happy New Year to all of you!

Adam Sockel is a marketing and outreach specialist and Jason Sockel is a collection development associate at OverDrive.


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