Rachael Recommends August 2021

Posted by Rachael McDonald on August 23, 2021

It's time for Rachel Recommends, August 2021!

In honor of school starting, we're going "academic" this month! I thought it would be fun to share some of our (trainers at Fitness Collective) favorite books related to fitness, health, and personal development. These are actually books we read! Though this is slightly hyperbolic - many of these books contain life-changing information! Enjoy reading about why we love them so much.

There is so much knowledge to be gained through the written word. Material written in books is still one of the most impactful methods of sharing important information, even in the era of high-tech everything. 

But in the health and fitness field, there seems to be an overabundance of information, making it challenging to know what sources carry expertise worth applying, learning, or even reading altogether. Here, in this short article, I hope to share some of my team's and my own most impactful books. Sometimes all you need is a good recommendation from a reputable source, and you're set to read life-changing content. Here are our recent favorite reads:

Better than Before: A great way to approach fitness is with the idea that the main goal should be to be better than before! This book isn't only focused on fitness; however, the author shares overarching principles that can be applied to any health and fitness journey. A great read for anyone who wants to be "better than before." 

It Starts with Food: This is, in fact, the book that began the trendy "diet," the Whole30. However, we love this book mostly because it does a good job of expressing just how food impacts our bodies, our health, and our medical conditions and symptoms. It's helpful to draw the link between the food we put into our bodies and the "symptoms" our bodies give us back. 

Body Love: The most helpful resource for understanding how food impacts blood sugar levels and, therefore, our ability to lose weight/fat healthily. It's a bit "science-y," but the author does a fabulous job of offering tangible help to achieve the fat loss you're looking for! 

Atomic Habits: Whether we like it or not, success in achieving health and fitness goals is found inconsistent with habits. Atomic Habits provides an excellent framework from which to build small, non-overwhelming, but life-changing habits that add up to dramatic results.

High-Performance Habits: Achieve any goal! This book may actually have the ability to make anyone a high performer (ha!). This a practical book to help you improve performance in many areas of life and find success in many areas, from relationships to fitness to business and more. 

Give these books a try. You won't regret it! 

Happy reading :)