I’m a huge nerd when it comes to books – I could happily read for hours when given the chance! One of the things I’m most looking forward to about Christmas (apart from the copious amount of food and sleep) is getting a chance to catch up on some reading. Yeah, my life is wild.. Anyhow, I thought I’d make a little gift guide to make Christmas shopping a little easier for you guys! The books I recommend are all non-fiction as I couldn’t tell you the last piece of fiction I’ve read (apart from my CV). They centre around nutrition, training, and mindset – there’s something for everyone, from the occasional gym-goer to the hardcore bodybuilder. It might give you some ideas for your own letter to Santa too!
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett
I bought this book a few months ago, and have found it absolutely fantastic! It centres around improving posture, mobility and flexibility to build a strong and functional body. There’s a ton of content in it – I’ve only read the first few chapters, and have already improved my training so much. It’d be a great present for anyone who suffers from injuries – I know I’d certainly have appreciated it a year ago! Highly recommend. Available here
Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy by Brad Schoenfeld
I haven’t actually gotten my hands on this book yet, but it’s on my wishlist! I have, however, heard great things about it – not surprising from Brad Schoenfeld (he’s kind of a big deal in the fitness world). It’s pretty comprehensive, so not as suitable for the casual gym goer – this is for the hardcore fitness nerds! This would be perfect for the personal trainer/aspiring coach in your life. Available here
Nutrition & Health
Gut by Giulia Enders
I read ‘Gut’ by Guilia Enders a few months ago, and was a huge fan. It was such a page-turner – something I never thought I’d say about a book solely about the GI tract! The gut microbiome is a topic I’m fascinated by (I have wild hobbies, okay?), so I was a little wary of the book being too basic to be of value. I’m happy to say, I was very much mistaken! The book explains the basics of the gut really well, but also goes into more detail on lesser known aspects of the role of gut bacteria. I learnt so much from the book – everything from why the stomach rumbles (I’ve always wondered), to the role of gut bacteria in reducing cholesterol. To top it all off, the book somehow manages to be funny and entertaining too! I’s highly recommend getting it for anyone interested in nutrition and health – well worth a read.
The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
This is the perfect book for the person in your life who could use some more sleep! It goes through the hugely beneficial impact sleep has on health and mental performance in detail, and why you should make it a priority. There’s also a section on how to improve your sleep quality, so the insomniacs in your life could definitely benefit! Available here
Mindset & Self-Development
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Zanna Van Dijk recommended this book on her snapchat a while ago – being the fan girl I am, I bought it of course! I’m so happy I did – it’s probably one of the best self-development I’ve read this year. I found it really great to help me become more productive and efficient. It centres on the idea of prioritising the most essential tasks to help you reach your goals. A huge focus of the book is learning to say ‘no’ to the opportunities that don’t bring you closer to your desired outcome. It’s a great book for anyone in your life who struggles to turn things down – they’ll thank you later! Available here
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
I read this book quite a while ago – it’s absolutely fascinating! It explains how powerful habits are in our lives (hence the name) – they have a crazy strong effect on our everyday actions. Anyone interested in learning about how people think (i.e. psychology) will love it. The latter part focuses on how to retrain your habits to achieve our goals in life, so it’s great for anyone who is interested in self development. Available here
Hope you found this guide helpful! I’d also love to know what kinds of books you guys like to read – I’m always looking for suggestions!
Disclaimer – These are entirely my own opinions, and I am not affiliated with any of the books/websites mentioned or linked above.