Exercise and Fitness

Exercise is essential—it can help ward off and alleviate many conditions, it increases your energy and strength, and even boosts your emotional health. Whether you already exercise regularly and would like to change up your routine or if you do not and have no idea of where to start, the Lititz Public Library has plenty of inspiration for you.

Stretching“Stretching” by Bob Anderson.
Are you at a loss when it comes to deciding which stretches are most effective for your needs? This is a great resource filled with suggestions of stretching routines for specific activities (and to alleviate some pains) that can be performed in under 10 minutes.

“The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, and Other Obstacles—for New and Returning Runners” by Pete Magill.
Getting into a new routine can be tough. This guide helps debunk common myths about running, gives many safety tips, and also shares brief inspirational stories about people who decided to take up running.

“Restoring Flexibility: A Gentle Yoga-Based Practice to Increase Mobility at Any Age” by Andrea Gilats.
You’re never too old to start your journey to greater flexibility. Ease your way into the benefits of yoga with this straight-forward guide.

The Esquire Guide to Bodyweight Training : Calisthenics to Look and Feel Your Best from the Boardroom to the Bedroom“The Esquire Guide to Bodyweight Training” by Adam Schersten.
This fully-illustrated guide describes 75 calisthenic exercises and gives suggestions of programs geared to your fitness goals.

“Better Balance for Life: Banish the Fear of Falling with Simple Activities Added to Your Everyday Routine” by Carol Clements.
Integrating simple exercises into your everyday routine (such as while brushing your teeth) can build strength to give you confidence and stability to help prevent falling.

“Weight Training Without Injury: Over 350 Step-by-Step Pictures Including Not What to Do!” by Fred Stellabotte and Rachel Straub.
Exercising is great… but exercising safely is better. Using poor form can be dangerous and it is frequently overlooked. An abundance of photos helps to illustrate right from wrong for many exercises.

“Strength Training: Exercises for Women” by Joan Pagano.
This exhaustive resource clearly illustrates how to perform weight-bearing exercises that can be done at home or in the gym. Includes notes about proper form.

Living with a SEAL : 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet“Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” by Jesse Itzler.
Once you’re resting, it can be fun to read about someone else’s extreme exercising endeavors. In this case, a man hires a Navy SEAL to be his personal trainer for the toughest spurt of working out imaginable.

“Walking for Fitness” by Nina Barough.
Walking—one of the most basic exercises out there, and overflowing with benefits. This book explains it all. Learn how to get yourself into condition for that marathon you’ve been considering, find out how to prevent injuries, and discover different types of walking. This book even offers alternate techniques on how to tie your shoes.

“Pilates for Living: Get Stronger, Fitter, and Healthier for an Active Later Life” by Harri Angell.
Learn the history of pilates, brush up on some useful information about anatomy, and start out with some basic exercises to pave the way for reaping the benefits of this highly effective type of exercise.

Fit in 5 : 5, 10, and 30 Minute Workouts for a Leaner, Stronger Body“Fit in 5: 5-, 10-, & 30-Minute Workouts for a Leaner, Stronger Body” by Greg Whyte.
Most of us are pressed for time in this busy world, making it one of the most common barriers to exercising. Here are some speedy workout routines and hints to get motivated.

“Core 4: Embrace Your Body, Own Your Power” by Steph Graudreau.
Transform your body with nutrition and exercises that are tried and true in this guide that is geared for women.

“Get Up! Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It” by James A. Levine.
Still feeling no inclination get moving? Finding out how dangerous a sedentary lifestyle can be is one of the biggest motivators out there.

“Strong is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power” by Lindsey Vonn and Sarah Toland.
Healthy eating, thinking positively, and fitting exercise into your daily routine can leave you feeling renewed and ready to tackle anything.

Kathryn Raynor
October 3, 2019