I'm guessing most of you haven't picked up a book since freshman english class and even then you probably just read the cliff notes. However, if you're reading this now there's still hope for you. In 2015 I made a New Year's Resolution to read 50 books in one year. I've always been a big reader and used to get shit for it all the time. Sometimes I still do. However, the average CEO reads 60 books a year, so I'm headed in the right direction. But what does this have to do with fitness or overall health? Everything! Here's what I learned over the course of my book binge and my recommendations to get the most out of each read.
Reading Makes You Stronger
Seriously. First of all, there is a ton of great stuff out there to help you build workout programs, cook amazing, healthy meals and learn new skills like jiu jitsu and rock climbing. Books give you an in depth look into the minds of professionals/experts who have taken countless hours researching their areas of expertise and giving you the best pieces of information. Don't take everything a book says to heart though, there is still a ton of crap out there. Secondly, reading biographies and stories about people overcoming obstacles is great inspiration for your own goals in the gym. If a poor Jewish immigrant can take over the biggest fruit company in the world and become the richest man in the world, you can do another set of squats. Here are a few must reads to get stronger.
The Four Hour Body - Timothy Ferriss
The Four Hour Chef - Timothy Ferriss
Simple & Sinister - Pavel Tsatsuline
The Fish That Ate The Whale - Rich Cohen
Reading Can Help You Sleep Better
First of all, reading for about 20 minutes before bed can help you sleep better. As a long time insomniac, this is one of the only ways I can get to bed consistently. Specifically reading fiction or stories. Reading a story helps to clear your mind from the day's stresses and keeps you from worrying about the next day. Tv and movies don't always have this effect because you're just sitting there passively watching and cruising Instagram rather than actively engaging in the what you're doing. Furthermore, sleep is perhaps the most important recovery period for your muscles as human growth hormone levels spike during your sleep cycle. So shut off the damn tv and read something! Here are my recommendations.
The Beach - Alex Garland
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Reading Makes You Smarter
Come one we all know people who read books are smarter. Read these.
The Obstacle Is The Way - Ryan Holiday (NFL players love this)
The Magic Of Thinking Big - David J Schwartz, Ph,D
I Will Teach You To Be Rich - Ramit Sethi
Reading Makes You More Attractive
First of all, if you've read all the books above you're more likely to be in better shape, sleep better and be smarter than most other people around you. Additionally, you now have something real to talk to the opposite sex about. A ton of women find it incredibly hot for a guy to be able to carry a deep conversation about something other than what's happening on social media. Not to mention, research shows that reading literary fiction can help improve your understanding of other people, which has been linked to better sex. Be sexy, read these.
Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
Hector And The Search For Happiness - Francois Lelord
How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia - Moshin Hamid
You don't have to read 50 books this year to improve yourself. Simply pick 5 from the lists above (try to pick at least one per list.) The average person reads only one book per year, so reading 5 puts you at the top of the food chain. So get on Amazon, order some books and stop reading junk on the internet! Except this blog, keep reading this. There's good shit here.
Victor Gonzalez | Founder of Test Tube Fitness | email@example.com
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