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January – Longevity Month
Exercise for Longevity by Hollis Liebman

Anatomy for Longevity

–  Exercises for Better Balance by William Smith

Better Balance

–  Younger Next Year  by Chris Crowley

Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley

December – Balance Month

We normally introduce books each month, but maintaining Balance is critical to everyday functions – we believe these are best shown with instruction.


Fitness and Stability Ball Workout DVD

– Exercise Ball Fitness Cards by Stack 52. – Slim & Sculpt Stability Ball

Workout DVD by The Firm

November – Health Month>
– Sugar Crush

How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health


the official, stand-alone companion book to the groundbreaking documentary of the same name

– The New Health Rules:

Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness

October – Motivation Month
 No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.   Big Fitness Quote Book: Finally, a book with a motivational fitness quote for every day of the year!!!  Fitness & Exercise Motivation: Fitness Success Tips for Mindset Development and Personal Fitness Planner Creation
September – Metabolism Month
 How to Heal Your Metabolism: Learn How the Right Foods, Sleep, … Exercise… The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook: Does a strong urge to fill up on carbs sabotage your weight-loss efforts?  Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism: Understanding the way in which nutrients are metabolized…
August – Arthritis Month
–  FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL: Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game –  Arthritis Care: Osteoarthritis Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment –  Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide
July – Calisthenics Month
Calisthenics for Beginners:

Your Dream Body

Calisthenics for Beginners:  

Shape Your Body

June – Food Label Month

– The Pantry Principle  by Mira Dessy, NE

How to read the label and understand what’s really in your food  

– It Starts With Food

Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

May – Diet and Weight Loss Month

– The Thin Woman’s Brain

Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much
April – Standing Desk Month
A Standing Desk: Is It Right For You? – You’ll Stand And You’ll Like It
March – Office Workout Month
– The Office Workout – Get Up!

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January, 2018

– Exercise for Longevity   by Hollis Liebman

Comprehensive and informative, this big compendium includes these standard features:

    • Full-body anatomy illustrations, front and back
    • Full-color photographs of exercises
    • Annotated full-color anatomical illustrations for all exercises
    • Full-color photographs of exercises
    • Visual identification of active and stabilizing muscles
    • Concise step-by-step how-to instructions and guidance
    • Level-of-difficulty modifications
    • “Best For” information boxes
  • Safety tips boxes
  • Pre-designed workouts
  • Visual index of exercises
  • Glossary of anatomical terms.

4.6 Stars 14     

– Exercises for Better Balance by William Smith

Exercises for Better Balance builds balance through resistance exercises, flexibility, and cardiovascular activities that fit any schedule.

Exercises for Better Balance includes:
– A detailed overview of how exercise can help improve balance
– Clear, informative pictures of safe, effective exercises
– Detailed instructions on how to perform each movement
– A complete fitness approach to recovering balance
– A training log to track your progress

3.6 Stars 6     


–  Younger Next Year  by Chris Crowley

The definitive exercise book that the one-million-plus readers of the Younger Next Year® series have been waiting for—and the exercise book that takes the intimidation out of starting a workout routine. Based on the science that shows how we can turn back our biological clocks by a combination of aerobics and strength fitness, it’s a guide that will show every reader how to live with newfound vibrancy, strength, endurance, confidence, and joy—and it goes deep enough to be your exercise companion for life, even if you eventually take it to Masters levels.

4.4 Stars 2,252     

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December, 2017

BODYBOUNCE Fitness and Stability Ball Workout DVDBODYBOUNCE Fitness and Stability Ball Workout DVD

  • Eleven fitness ball workouts that are easy and as fun as dancing
  • Targets the whole body and helps with endurance, balance, flexibility, and stability.
  • Rhythmic workouts that target upper body, lower body, Abs, Core, and all body
  • Cardio workout that can be adjusted to any fitness level from beginner to advanced.
  • Routines are executed on fitness ball and can be adjusted to any fitness level

4.2 Stars 31     

Stack 52 Balance Exercise Cards  Exercise Ball Fitness Cards by Stack 52.

Swiss Ball Workout Playing Card Game. Video Instructions Included. Bodyweight Training Program for Balance and Stability Balls. Get Fit at Home. Note: Some reviews request more beginner exercises so if you are a beginner, you might want to look at one of our other selections.

Gift Ideas:  We lose our balance as we age and the stability ball can be a great way to regain that important sense. Show you care, give the Stack 52 along with an exercise ball and you will be on their mind with every workout!

4.5 Stars 37   

Stability Ball Workout Slim & Sculpt Stability Ball – Workout DVD by The Firm

Reviews are in – The Firm has great exercise DVD’s !

Great gift for the beginner!

4.2 Stars 32   

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November, 2017

Sugar Crush Book
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Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health  by Richard Jacoby, Raquel Badelomar

A shocking look at the link between sugar, inflammation, and a host of preventable chronic diseases—perfect for fans of bestselling author Gary Taubes’ The Case Against Sugar—from leading nerve surgeon Dr. Richard Jacoby.

What Grain Brain did for wheat, this book by a leading peripheral nerve surgeon now does for sugar, revealing how it causes crippling nerve damage throughout the body—in our feet, organs, and brain—why sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to the body’s nerves, and how eliminating them can mitigate and even reverse the damage.

4.5 Stars 190     


What The Health is the official, stand-alone companion book to the groundbreaking documentary of the same name, directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the award-winning documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. If the film is a peephole, then this book knocks down the entire door, diving into expanded interviews, extensive research, and personal narratives.


Scientific literature shows that eating saturated fat—mainly found in animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs—is more strongly associated with death than smoking cigarettes.

4.5 Stars 79   

New Health Rules
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The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness      by Frank Lipman M.D., Danielle Claro

New York Times Bestseller

Frank Lipman, M.D., is “at the vanguard of a revolutionary way to deliver medical care” (O, The Oprah Magazine). A leading expert in the field of functional medicine, Dr. Lipman focuses on the root causes of illness and guides his patients to the deepest, most lasting sources of wellness. In this book, he and coauthor Danielle Claro make life-changing health advice available to all. Their book offers the cutting-edge secrets to optimal health in a stylish, lushly illustrated format—a spoonful of beauty to help the wellness tips go down.

4 Stars 198   

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October, 2017

No Sweat - Motivation BookNo Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar PhD.

“When it comes to exercise, most of us have gotten the message but still lack the motivation. That’s why we need this remarkable book.” –Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Do you secretly hate exercising? Struggle to stick with a program? Millions of people try and fail to stay fit. But what if “exercising” is the real problem, not you?

No Sweat translates years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program that will empower you to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all. You’ll discover why you should forget about willpower and stop gritting your teeth through workouts you hate. Instead, you’ll become motivated from the inside out and start to crave physical activity. You’ll be hooked!

Fitness Motivational Quotes

The Great Big Fitness Quote Book: Over 365 Motivational Quotes To Get Back In Shape! by Cameron M. Clark

To All Personal Trainers, Training Clients, Crossfitters and more! Here’s the perfect gift for a client or yourself!

Finally, a book with a motivational fitness quote for every day of the year!!!

“Getting fit is all about reaching for, achieving, and sustaining a commitment to take care of yourself for the rest of your life.”

Fitness MotivationFitness & Exercise Motivation: Fitness Success Tips for Mindset Development and Personal Fitness Planner Creation by James Atkinson

Without the right mindset, no one will reach their health and fitness potential, and that’s exactly what Atkinson focuses on in this book. James Atkinson (“Jim”to his readers and friends) knows what it takes to set a goal, and only through sustained, consistent motivation will that goal ever be met.

This book is for anyone who wants to make a change in their life but doesn’t know where to start, or doesn’t think they have the motivation to meet their goals because after all, motivation is a shared quality in any type of fitness goal.

This book is about getting started towards achieving your goals, from the very first thought, at the truest starting point. It is about adopting psychological preparation and a certain mindset, and Atkinson strategically guides the reader through that process. He emphasizes that, without the right mindset, no one will reach their potential.

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September, 2017

How to Heal Your Metabolism by Kate Deering will help educate you on how eating the right foods, eating the right amount of food, consuming the right food supplements,consuming the right amount of water, sleeping and resting, doing the right amount of exercise, and finding happiness will increase your metabolic rate and help heal your broken metabolism.

How to Heal Your Metabolism will question everything you thought you knew about health and nutrition. If you are ready to understand nutrition and health in a completely different light, then you need to read this book.

Does a strong urge to fill up on carbs sabotage your weight-loss efforts? Are you often tired and irritable, and is there a roll of fat around your middle? Now it’s easier than ever to eat great and lose weight. The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook by Diane Kress, RD, includes more than 150 quick-and-easy, carb-controlled recipes and menus tailored to each step of The Metabolism Miracle diet plan.

Nearly half of all Americans have “Metabolism B” and unknowingly overproduce the fat-gain hormone insulin. These recipes are specifically formulated to help people with this hidden condition lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, decrease risk of or improve control over diabetes, and increase their energy.

From appetizers, soups, and salads to vegetables, entrées, and desserts ideal for family meals, readers will have no shortage of delicious options. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are also included.

Understanding the way in which nutrients are metabolised, and hence the principles of biochemistry, is essential for understanding the scientific basis of what we would call a healthy diet.

Extensively revised and updated to reflect current knowledge of nutritional and dietary requirements, Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism by David A. Bender presents an accessible text on the basic principles of nutrition and metabolism and the biochemistry needed for comprehending the science of nutrition.

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August, 2017

And a fitness book that’s a bit more interesting!

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FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL: Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game by   Vinnie Tortorich

“I love this book! Read it and you’ll see why Vinnie’s the guy that trains me. He’ll make you laugh, get you in the best shape of your life and inspire you with his incredible but true story.”     ∼ Howie Mandel

America’s Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. Now, in this hilarious and often r-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What’s the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What’s the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? …Vinnie tells all. So get ready to get fit, get inspired and get the dirt with Hollywood’s most outrageous personal trainer!

As with any chronic disease, when diagnosed with Arthritis, it’s important to learn what to expect. After hearing that you have arthritis, thinking of the best questions to ask your doctor comes after you’ve had a chance to think about what it means to you, how progressed you are, what the future holds and what you should and shouldn’t do to maintain the quality of life you enjoy. These are just 2 suggestions for books focused on taking care of yourself – click an image, visit Amazon and find the Arthritis book that’s right for you

Arthritis Care
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Arthritis Care: Osteoarthritis Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment, Exercise & Diet (inflammation, arthritis diet, anti-inflammation diet, arthritis cure) by Kenneth Lowes

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. To get an idea of the amount of people suffering, an estimated 12.1 percent in the United States age 25 and older are affected.

When you begin to develop osteoarthritis you may not notice any symptoms, however, the condition does eventually progress causing quite a bit of pain. It will eventually lead to further damage and an ineffective joint.

Yoga for Arthritis
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Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide   by   Loren Fishman, MD and Ellen Saltonstall

A comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for management and prevention of arthritis.

Arthritis restricts movement; yoga increases range of motion: these two were made for each other. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in this country, limiting everyday activities for more than seven million Americans. Drugs, surgeries, and steroids can alleviate some of the discomforts, but study after study has shown that exercise is most beneficial to most forms of arthritis, specifically low-impact, flexibility-enhancing exercises – hence, yoga. In this comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated guide…

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July, 2017

As beginners, there is so much we can do to stay active that we enjoy and Calisthenics is one of those exercises you’ll begin to love. Do these anyplace without special equipment. No gym to join, no weights (just you and your bodyweight!).

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Calisthenics for beginners  by Tyler Stone

Proven Guide to Get Muscles (Pictures INCLUDED) (Workout Plan, Bodyweight Exercises, Muscle, Fitness, Health)

Calisthenics is a strength training method or technique that doesn’t require barbells, dumbbells or other weight lifting equipment. All you need is your body and a couple of fixed items such as a pole, overhead bar in the park or playground, or a bench and you’re good to go! And in this book, you will discover why you should get into calisthenics and, more importantly, how to perform calisthenic exercises in order to build up your strength and become and stay physically fit.

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Calisthenics for Beginners by Diane Woods

25 Effective Beginner’s Calisthenics Exercises to Shape Your Body and Reduce Weight (calisthenics, explosive calisthenics, progressive calisthenics)

Workout is speaking to many individuals since it empowers them to construct greater muscles without going to a gym center. Workout anyplace and at whatever time, and in addition, is that there are an incredible assortment of activities for you to look over.

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June, 2017

As you know, we generally focus on exercising and being active, but it’s a combination of Diet and Exercise that will help you achieve your goal weight. There is not one magic bullet. Don’t get me wrong, exercise can help you lose that extra size you gained over the years and will help you feel better, but understanding nutrition and how to read nutrition labels (they are there to help us), is equally important to your overall health. Remember, you are what you eat, so be sure it’s more than the sugar and corn syrup you see in so many ‘healthy’ food products.

Pantry Principle
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The Pantry Principle how to read the label and understand what’s really in your food  by Mira Dessy, NE

Even though legislation generally protects us against illegal food substances, evidence shows us that many items can be unsafe, not nutritious or not healthy food choices. We don’t really know what’s in our food, trusting that if they are selling it we can eat it.

This book will help you take back control… You will discover those items that are not contributing nutrition value and may even be detracting from your health and the health of your loved ones.

Starts with Food
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It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Hartwig

Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food – accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes testimonials, a detailed shopping guide, a meal-planning template, a Meal Map with creative, delicious recipes, and much more.

» Testimonials for Whole30 – read this by Michelle, who is following this diet along with her family – Putting My Feet in the Dirt by Michelle Cook

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May, 2017

With the warm weather fast approaching and our opportunities to be more active outdoors, a member, Merry, wrote and asked about a recommended diet book. We hope you all find these useful and help you achieve your successful weight.

Thin Woman
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The Thin Woman’s Brain Rewiring the Brain for Permanent Weight Loss  by Dilia Suriel

This book is not a diet book (I was never good at dieting) but provides ways to control eating. It’s “…sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.” Amazon reviews are positive.

Reading: People Who Feel Too Much
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Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much  A Four Step, 8 Week Plan… Find Your Fabulous Self by Colette Barron-Reid

Let’s face it, it’s tough controlling eating because it’s something you have to do every day to survive. Learning how to control how much you eat is key to permanent weight loss. “Colette shows you how to release the extra pounds and create a new, healthy relationship with your body, your weight, and food.”

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April, 2017

Our recommendation for April is focused on learning more about standing desks. Finding out if they are right for you, then once you decide if it IS right for you, they help reinforce your motivation to take the next steps – buying the desk that’s right for you. And of course, you can always check out stand up desks on Amazon!

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Standing Desk Book
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A Standing Desk: Is It Right For You? A Guide to Improve Your Work Wellness by Shani Soloff

“A Standing Desk: Is It Right For You” will share techniques to help improve your work wellness right now. PLUS this book will walk you through an easy 3-step self-test to help you decide if a standing desk is right for you… You could save hundreds of dollars by not buying equipment that you won’t use!”

Stand and Like It Book
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You’ll Stand And You’ll Like It A Short, Functional Guide to Office Ergonomics and the Standing Desk by Kristen Hall-Geisler

“You know you should stand more. You can feel it in your back and shoulders after sitting at your desk all day. Heck, maybe even your Apple Watch is telling you to stand, but it’s so easy not to. You’ll Stand and You’ll Like it is a short, functional guide to finally making an ergonomic change for the better. Without hundreds of pages of scientific research (we all know sitting is bad), you can cut to the chase of making measurable improvements in your day to feel better, lose weight and have more energy. “

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March, 2017

Welcome to our debut of the Reading Corner. As you know, we are all about staying active and healthy – simple exercises to keep flexible and balanced while maintaining your endurance and strength.

Each month we’ll recommend a book or two you may find interesting that you can read while commuting to work or while relaxing in the backyard after a hard day at work. Even if you skim through them, you’ll be surprised at how much you learn and the more you know, the more motivated you will be. Why learn more about taking care of your body? Because you’ll get the most from your time spent on your workout. And towards that, we’re delighted you are here!

Our recommendation for March is focused on learning more about the dangers of sitting too long and a solution of planning for a little bit of exercising you can do immediately. This activity adds up over time for positive results. While these recommendations are for office exercises, they can be done anywhere. No sweat. Literally. We hope you give them a try – there are lots of exercises to choose from so you won’t get bored!

You can read a sample of these books in Amazon by simply tapping the images.

Book by James A. Levine - Get Up!
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Get Up! Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it by James A. Levine

James goes into detail about why sitting is so very bad for us and wraps up with a 4-Step plan on how to break the sitting cycle. Another ‘must read’ especially for anyone that sits at their desk all day, then comes home to relax while watching TV at night.

Not to mention a motivating title!

The Office Workout!
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The Office Workout 75 Exercises to do at Your Desk by Kent Burden

In this book, Kent recommends going the distance toward staying active at work. With a little awareness of the need to get up and move, and taking action on that awareness, along with choosing some of the exercises and doing them, the information in his book will be a great asset to your day.

So, set your fitbit or phone alarm and take advantage of your work break at  least 2 times a day, and you’ll begin to see and feel improvement in your overall health.

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