Best New Health & Fitness Books


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For health and fitness lovers who are aiming to stay in shape and maintain a nutritious diet this holiday season, the perfect read just may help simplify your goals. Whether you want to practice your asanas or simply fight the stress of a fast-paced lifestyle, we’ve curated a roundup of four helpful new titles to add to your reading list.

1) 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda, Black Dog & Leventhal: For anyone looking to master their poses in the yoga studio, this latest read by Toronto-based yoga practitioner Daniel Lacerda (also known as Mr. Yoga) just hit the shelves on November 10. The book aims to showcase the eight major forms of yoga asanas, which include everything from standing to supine. As a yoga guide, Lacerda’s new read also includes photographs, English and Sanskrit descriptions of the poses and detailed explanations of the body’s various chakras.

2) Strength Training Bible for Women: The Complete Guide to Lifting Weights for a Lean, Strong, Fit Body by David Kirschen, William Smith and Julia Ladewski, Hatherleigh Press: If you’re a fitness girl who wants to regularly hit the gym to lift weights, this book claims to place emphasis on strength training for the female body. It covers the world of weight lifting and barbell training, and also brings the reader through workouts which are developed for all levels. Strength Training Bible aims to offer step-by-step instructions, tips for creating an effective weight room at home and advice from Elite level powerlifter and strength coach Julia Ladewski.


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3) Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner, Rodale Books: This new book is written by the founders of the Simple Green Smoothies health website, who met as busy moms on a playground in Studio City, California. Staying true to their website, their recently released volume (which came out on November 3) aims to offer over 100 fresh and natural smoothie recipes. Readers can also watch out for shopping lists to help them embrace the daily green smoothie lifestyle, as part of a 10-day smoothie kick-start.

4) Invitation to Happiness: 7 Inspirations from Your Inner Angel by Ryuho Okawa, IRH Press: For anyone looking to live a content, peaceful lifestyle, Japanese spiritual leader Ryuho Okawa’s new title aims to help readers find inspiration and happiness within themselves. Invitation to Happiness claims to focus on one’s “inner angel”, by teaching skills to live an introspective and stress-free life. Look out for journal space to track your inner thoughts, as well as tips, visualizations and action plans which are said to lead to happiness and health.

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