Here are some of the best books to read to help you on your fitness journey. If you want to get in shape, learning about fitness is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Years ago I thought there wasn't much to know about lifting weights or running, biking, etc. How hard is to go for a run or throw some weights around? Someone suggested to me that I read up on getting in shape and I am so thankful he did.
If you do the same, you'll find that for the most part fitness books agree on a lot of the same topics. But some of them will disagree and pretty much say the opposite of each other. Read as many as you can and try to see where they overlap.
Occasionally I'll come across a really good book that goes against the grain, but it really seems to make a lot of sense, so I'll go with it and maybe recommend it on this website.
Another benefit of having a "physical" education is that maybe someday you will find yourself as an expert of sorts on the topic. Then you can help other people as they are trying to get in shape.
That's definitely what happened to me. When I started reading up on physical fitness, I was just thinking about myself and what I could learn. Now years later here I am encouraging others to get in shape. Who knew? I certainly didn't see that in the forecast.
I highly recommend you read "Reclaim Your Youth: Growing Younger After 40" by Richard Sullivan, whether you're over 40 or under 40. This is probably one of the best books to read if you want to make fitness something you do for the rest of your life.
When I first started wanting to get in shape, I thought I might go to the gym for a year or two, but after that I didn't really think too much. I could only look about a year or two ahead into the future. Richard Sullivan certainly fixed that. He really made me want to work out for the rest of my life. Only time will tell if I do or not, but the best I can do is hope.
I also highly recommend you read "The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed" by Mark Divine. He has a way of getting you super-pumped. Ready to take on the world. I don't know how he does it. Well, I do know how he does it. He's trained thousands of Navy SEALs. He knows how to get these people going and feeling strong.
He is so good, in fact, that civilians have asked him if he could teach them how to be a SEAL without actually becoming a SEAL. So many people have asked him this that he started a training center and put out some books. It is not as intense as the SEAL program and you won't actually be a SEAL, but he teaches you as much as he can. He has published other books too, if you want to check them out.
This book will also help build your mental resilience. How do Navy SEALs think? How are they able to push themselves through gruelling situations and maintain their cognitive functions? Mark Divine divulges these secrets throughout the book. He works on your physical fitness as well as your mental fitness.
I've read a number of books that describe how soldiers can increase their mental stress loads. This book really stands out from the other books I've read. If you could read just one book, I recommend you read this one (as well his others, if you'd like).