Rachael Recommends Aug. 2021

Posted by Rachael McDonald on August 23, 2021

In honor of school starting, we're going "academic" this month! I thought it would be fun to share some of our (trainers at HAPT) favorite books which relate to fitness, health and personal development. These are actually books we read! Though this is slightly hyperbolic - many of these books contain information that is life-changing! Enjoy reading about why we love them so much.


There is so much knowledge to be gained through the written word. Material written in books is still one of the most impactful methods of sharing important information, even in the era of high-tech everything. 


But in the health and fitness field, there seems to be an overabundance of information making it challenging to know what sources carry expertise that's worth applying, learning or even reading altogether. Here, in this short article, I hope to share some of my team's and my own most impactful books. Sometimes all you need is a good recommendation from a reputable source, and you're set to read life changing content. Here are our recent favorite reads:


Better than Before: A great way to approach fitness is with the idea that the main goal should be to be better than before! This book isn't only focused on fitness; however, the author shares overarching principles that can be applied to any health and fitness journey. A great read for anyone who wants to be "better than before." 


It Starts with Food: This is, in fact, the book that began the trendy "diet," the Whole30. However, we love this book mostly because it does a good job expressing just how food impacts our bodies, our health, and our medical conditions and symptoms. It's helpful to draw the link between the food we put into our bodies and the "symptoms" our bodies give us back. 


Body Love: The most helpful resource for understanding how food impacts blood sugar levels and therefore our ability to lose weight/fat in a healthy way. It's a bit "science-y," but the author does a fabulous job of offering tangible help to achieve the fat loss you're looking for! 


Atomic Habits: Whether we like it or not, success in achieving health and fitness goals is found in consistent habits. Atomic Habits provides an excellent framework from which to build small, non-overwhelming, but life-changing habits that add up to dramatic results.


High Performance Habits: Achieve any goal! This book may actually have the ability to make anyone a high performer (ha!). A practical book to help you improve performance in many areas of life and find success in many areas from relationships, to fitness, to business, and more. 


Give these books a try. You won't regret it! 


Happy reading :)

Rachael