Suggested Reading- Fitness

Challenge Yourself, Clarence Bass. Clarence has written many good books on fitness. This is my favorite because he motivates us to set challenges to inspire us to work harder. Clarence also has a lot of inspiration and information on nutrition and fitness on his website.

The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Dr. Martin Gibala. Based on his pioneering research, Dr. Gibala has come up with a program to achieve fitness benefits with a minimal time investment. The book also has good information on interval training in general.

The Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your Heart, Christopher Case, Dr. John Mandrola, and Lennard Zinn. An excellent chronicle of how too much aerobic exercise, especially at moderate intensity, can cause heart problems like atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias.

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson. A fascinating account of recent knowledge from science and elite athletes on pushing back the limits of fitness.

No Sweat: How The Simple Science Of Motivation Can Bring You A Lifetime Of Fitness, Dr. Michelle Segar. Techniques for motivating us to work fitness into our lifestyles, from a psychologist who specializes in this.

Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, Dr. James Levine. Motivation to keep moving throughout the day by one of the pioneers in the field of non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).

Strength Training Past 50, Dr Wayne Westcott and Thomas Baechle. A good introduction to strength training for older folks like me.

The Heavyhands Walking Book, Dr. Leonard Schwartz. A good discussion of Dr. Schwartz’s heavyhands technique. As shown in the book, this is a time efficient and enjoyable complete exercise approach.

Run Forever, Amby Burfoot. Amby was the winner of the Boston Marathon in 1968 and recently completed it in 2018 on the 50th anniversary of his victory.  Interesting stories and good tips on running from his lifetime of experience.

Balance is Power, Jim Klopman and Janet Miller. A good discussion of how balance degrades with age, but is readily trainable with a small time commitment. Jim’s techniques have worked very well for me.

The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, by Carmichael Chris and Jim Rutberg. Famous cycling coach Chris Carmichael shows how to achieve a high level of fitness in a reasonable amount of time that more readily fits into our lifestyle.

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