Call me a nerd but when I need information, I go read something. And, because I'm working on the whole "Get Fit" thing, I found a couple books that may or may not help me. Now, I get a ton of magazines (I have a serious problem, y'all) including Health, Shape, Fitness, Women's Health, Glamour...and a pile more (they cycle their way through me to Mom to all of Mom's friends--at least they're well-used, right?) so I know to take anything I read--published or on the interwebs--with a huge grain of salt. But not too much salt, because that's bad for your blood pressure.
DROP DEAD HEALTHY: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs
I bought this one was actually more for "fun" than anything--I didn't expect to learn too much from "one person's quest to become the healthiest man in the world," according to the blurb. Anyway, Jacobs went through an absurd amount of trouble for this quest. He consulted with tons of experts (who pretty much told him what we already know--eat healthfully, exercise, get enough sleep) and tried a boatload of diets including raw food and extreme chewing (did you even know there was such a thing? I didn't.). He tried a bunch of exercise programs including using his treadmill desk almost constantly (he walked somewhere close to 1k miles or something ridiculous like that!). It was quite interesting.
SIX WEEKS TO SKINNY JEANS: BLAST FAT, FIRM YOUR BUTT, AND LOSE TWO JEANS SIZES by Amy Cotta
Yeah, right. (For disclosure's sake, I did get this one from NetGalley for review--it's not one I'd ever buy myself!) This book didn't offer me anything that I hadn't already digested from last month's Women's Health. Again, it's all about choosing the right foods (she puts way too many on the "restricted" list. I'm more of a "if you want it, take a little but don't binge" mindset and don't really trust those who tell me I can't have things like granola). The NetGalley edition didn't have the exercises but again, they sounded like the ones you can find every month in Shape or Fitness. And that first round of "diet"? Way too restrictive. One question in the book was something like, "Why do I feel sluggish the first week?" and she says it's because the person's body is getting used to a new way of eating. Um. No, thanks.
EAT AND RUN: MY UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO ULTRAMARATHON GREATNESS by Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman
Another NetGalley get because I'd love to be able to call myself a runner someday. Not an ultramarathoner--those people are cray-cray! One hundred and thirty-five miles through Death Valley? No thank you! But this was a very interesting read because it started with Scott Jurek's life and motivations for getting into running. I do enjoy an interesting biography! Anyway, he's also a vegan and he shares a bunch of recipes throughout the book of things he eats to fuel his body--something that's incredibly important, especially when you're running races that are over 50 miles long (eep--can you imagine?!?). I'm too much of a carnivore to turn totally vegan but some of the recipes sounded pretty good (I'd probably tweak them so they were more vegetarian than vegan but that's just me).
It all boils down to eating as healthfully as possible, getting your exercise on, and making good lifestyle choices. Now, let's hope that works! Heh.
Read anything interesting lately?