5 Great Audio Books for Health and Fitness

March 22, 2011

If you just can’t seem to get a handle on health and fitness, despite joining the gym and trying multiple diets, then perhaps it’s time to turn to the experts for a little help.  Here are just a few great audio books that will help you to lose weight, get fit, and adopt the healthy lifestyle that you’ve been searching for, whatever challenges you face.

1.       Eat for Health: The Mind Makeover (Unabridged) by Joel Fuhrman.  If you’re looking for a sustainable diet that will keep you healthy and happy for life, you’re going to find it in this “non-diet diet”.  And it’s not only about weight-loss (although you apparently have the potential to realize results that are currently only seen with gastric bypass surgery).  This audio book, the follow-up to Fuhrman’s highly lauded r, takes your diet a step further, using what you ingest to decrease or stop ailments as simple as headaches and upset stomach to much more serious disorders like heat disease, allergies, and even autoimmune disorders.  If you haven’t realized yet that you are what you eat, this audio book will explain the concept in detail.

2.       Walking: The Ultimate Exercise for Optimum Health (Unabridged) by Andrew Weil and Mark Fenton.  Not everyone has the capacity to jump right into exercise, especially if they’ve been a stranger to physical activity for a while.  Weil and Fenton posit that by simply turning walking into a workout, you can realize a transformation in both body and spirit.  This is an exercise that absolutely anyone can tackle (as long as they have legs) and it can not only help you to lose weight, but also reduce stress and improve immunity.  Sounds pretty good for such a simple exercise routine.

3.       The Seven Pillars of Health: The Natural Way to Better Health for Life (Unabridged) by Don Colbert, MD.  The seven pillars are as follows: water, sleep/rest, living food, exercise, detoxification, supplements, and coping with stress.  As to how these can help you to lose weight, feel great, and stave off illnesses ranging from heart disease to cancer (despite any preconceived notions you have about your family history), you’ll have to let the good doctor explain.

4.       Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body! by Mariska van Aalst and Jillian Michaels.  Fitness trainer Michaels, best known for her stint on The Biggest Loser, talks here about the role that hormones play in your ability to lose weight, get fit, and live a healthy life.  If you’ve ever wondered how both interior and exterior chemicals affect your hormonal balance and your metabolism, this audio book offers a responsible plan to regain balance in your body in order to reach your physical goals.

5.       Fitness for Dummies (Abridged) by Suzanne Schlosberg and Lillian Glass.  With two self-proclaimed “exercise junkies” at the helm (both previous contributors to Shape, although Glass is also a personal trainer and consultant) you’re getting an audio book that espouses the best of the best when it comes to personal fitness.  The offering is broken up into easy-to-digest sections like strength training, cardiovascular training, and joining a gym (to list a few), so that someone new to exercise can find their way.  But it’s also a guide by (and for) those who have tried everything.  In short, everyone will find something useful.

Sarah Danielson writes for Fatty Weight Loss where you can find articles on health and nutrition in addition to information on the gastric bypass diet and the Kourtney Kardashian diet.

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