My typical modus operandi around this time of year is to round up a list of things–physical objects–that can be purchased and used, or given as gifts to help improve the health and well-being of yourself or those around you. Well, this year is going to be a little different, in that I thought I would provide you with a list of books which contain ideas that may help you improve your mental and physical well-being in 2018. Downside, you have to actually read them to get any benefit. Upside, some of them have audio versions! Bonus–they can be given as gifts.
Now, I don’t fancy myself a reviewer of books, and (full-disclosure) I have not read all of the books I am going to recommend yet, but I have done my due diligence in researching them and/or have read other books by these authors and have been pleased with their offerings, so I feel safe in recommending them to you! So, in no particular order, here is a short list of some books you should look into if you are looking to improve your quality of life in 2018 (or need some last minute gift ideas).
- Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World — Kelly Starrett – This guy pretty much wrote the book for all of the mobility exercises that I provide at my office. You should get this book if you want a better understanding of how your desk is killing you, and what to do to fight back.
- Painful Yarns — Lorimer Mosley – A great introductory look into the how and why of the pain experience. A must read for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.
- Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet — Jimmy Moore, Eric Westman MD – I have yet to read this one, but knowing that a few of my patients are switching over to this type of diet, I wanted to learn more about it, and this is supposed to be a good place to start!
- Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery — Cathryn Ramin – While I feel that her attack in this book on chiropractic as a whole is a bit black and white, it certainly isn’t without merit, and the rest of the book is a good read, particularly if you or someone you know is considering surgical interventions for their pain. Also a good read if you would like a better understanding of the opioid epidemic currently facing our country.
- Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain — John Ratey, MD – Movement is medicine, and this book explains why. It will help you understand why we need exercise to keep our brains healthy and functioning properly, and hopefully encourages you to move more regularly in your daily life.
- Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World — Mark Williams – Mindfulness meditation is rapidly demonstrating its ability to combat stress and improve physical and mental well being. The approach offered in this book is a great way to start integrating it into your lifestyle and begin reaping the benefits.
There ya have it! I hope you have the opportunity to read any and all of these books in the time to come. May your new year be healthy, wealthy, and bright.