May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Physical activity is key to maintaining health and well-being. Getting active can improve fitness and reduce stress, reduce risk for many chronic diseases, and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.

During the month of May, National Physical Fitness And Sports Month provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote physical activity and the benefits of sports participation. Let us discover an enjoyable exercise activity that fits into our daily routine and strive to be more active together.  

Strength training past 50 by Wayne L. Westcott

Increase your strength to improve your health, your appearance, and your performance with Strength Training Past 50. Strength training offers many benefits for active adults, including enhanced athletic performance, reduced risk of disease, and decreased symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Whether you are just getting started or have been training your entire life, Strength Training Past 50 has you covered.

Let’s get physical : how women discovered exercise and reshaped the world by Danielle Friedman

A captivating blend of reportage and personal narrative that explores the untold history of women’s exercise culture–from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda–and how women have parlayed physical strength into other forms of power. 

The secret to superhuman strength by Alison Bechdel

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The Best Graphic Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly, a New York Times Best Graphic Novel of 2021, a New York Times Notable Book,| an Autostraddle Best Queer Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year.

From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel’s lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times.

Strength training for women : training programs, food, and motivation for a stronger, more beautiful body by Olga Rönnberg

Sculpt and tone your body with fitness training programs and wholesome recipes worthy of the woman you are! Desk-bound nine-to-five jobs, childbirth, and household duties are tough on a woman’s body, which is why strength training is so important for the modern-day woman. As she juggles multiple tasks throughout the day, a woman must also take time out for herself to strengthen her body physically, as well as from the inside out.

Pilates for everyone : 50 poses for every type of body by Micki Havard

Includes 50 Pilates exercises and three modifications for each one. It includes these features:

  •50 step-by-step exercises for specific body areas

  •Step-by-step modifications for every exercise

  •10 routines that combine exercises from the book for maximum benefits

  •Expert advice from Micki Havard on how to get the most out of your practice

The exercises are designed to increase flexibility, strengthen different muscle groups, improve posture, and develop body awareness.

Move : free your body through stretching movement by Lexie Williamson

An aspirational and inclusive guide to ‘freeing up’ the body through dynamic movement, focusing on the ‘feel-good’ benefits of stretching. Aside from improved flexibility, these include better posture (‘standing tall’), reduced back strain and the mental ‘brain boost’ that results from increased blood flow during movement. Move explores dynamic stretching, or slow flowing movement. This is the most effective way to increase joint range of motion (the ‘Move it or Lose it’ principle) thereby allowing us to move comfortably and freely, as we were born to do.

Yoga fitness for men : build strength, improve performance, increase flexibility by Dean Pohlman

You don’t have to go to the yoga studio to practice yoga. Grab your mat and discover the power of yoga for yourself.

Perfect for beginners! With straightforward language and easy-to-follow steps, Yoga Fitness for Men will teach you how to execute the yoga postures you need for greater endurance, flexibility, balance, and strength. Prop the book in front of your mat and let the full-color, step-by-step photography guide you through everything you need to know for an effective yoga practice.

Strength training for seniors : increase your balance, stability, and stamina to rewind the aging process by Paige Waehner

Building and retaining physical strength is integral to living a fuller, longer life. Lifting weights can reduce the symptoms of everything from osteoarthritis and back pain to depression and diabetes. In Strength Training for Seniors, certified personal trainer Paige Waehner provides a detailed twelve-week strength program to help you safely and gradually build power, balance, and resistance with simple, easy-to-follow exercises.

Exercised : why something we never evolved to do is healthy and rewarding by Daniel E Lieberman

In this myth-busting book, Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneering researcher on the evolution of human physical activity, tells the story of how we never evolved to exercise – to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. Using his own research and experiences throughout the world, Lieberman recounts without jargon how and why humans evolved to walk, run, dig, and do other necessary and rewarding physical activities while avoiding needless exertion.

Move : how the new science of body movement can set your mind free by Caroline Williams

An eye-opening journey into the power of human movement and how we can harness it to optimize our brain health, boost our mood and improve every aspect of our lives, For our earliest ancestors who hunted and gathered, movement meant survival. Our brains evolved to reward physical activity. Moving, thinking and feeling have always been inextricably linked.

The align method : 5 movement principles for a stronger body, sharper mind, and stress-proof life by Aaron Alexander

Celebrity manual therapist and movement coach Aaron Alexander shows readers how posture and body alignment are powerful tools for building strength, achieving peak performance, reducing pain, and approaching the world with a new sense of confidence.

Smarter workouts : the science of exercise made simple by Pete McCall

Smarter Workouts examines why exercise is important, the basic science of how various types of exercise apply different kinds of stimuli to your body, and which types one should do to help improve health and achieve specific results, providing the tools needed to make exercise an integral part of life. 

Move : free your body through stretching movement by Lexie Williamson

 An aspirational and inclusive guide to ‘freeing up’ the body through dynamic movement, focusing on the ‘feel-good’ benefits of stretching. Aside from improved flexibility, these include better posture (‘standing tall’), reduced back strain and the mental ‘brain boost’ that results from increased blood flow during movement. Move explores dynamic stretching, or slow flowing movement. 

The resistance training revolution : the no-cardio way to burn fat and age-proof your body–in only 60 minutes a week by Sal Di Stefano

A personal trainer and co-founder of the Mind Pump Media podcast explains how weight training is the best way to burn fat, increase metabolism, and avoid injury and illness as you age.

10 minute solution. Knockout body 

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Ten-minute kickboxing-inspired workouts designed to burn fat and trim and tone all areas of the body.

5 day fit Pilates

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Easy Pilates–Maintenance Pilates for weight loss–Cardio Pilates–AM Pilates–PM Pilates. 

-Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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