The Best Jogging Books To Inspire Action

We all know that one of the best ways to get fit is through jogging, but how many of us have tried it out and failed. Could it be that we need the right mental models to think like a runner in order to become a runner.

If you’ve ever tried to get into jogging seriously and failed maybe it’s because you were not thinking how a jogger thinks. There is a theory that thought lead to emotions and emotions lead to actions.

Next time before your grudgingly pull on your running sneakers and try to force yourself around the block why don’t you first try to fill your head with the right thoughts about running, and where better to find those thoughts then straight from successful runners mouths.

Here at Squeaky Clean we are aware that christmas is coming soon and not long after that we’ll be in January and new years resolutions will be flying about. So we decided to check out some of the best jogging books to try to get inspired for the coming new year.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Chris McDougall’s book born to run is a hugely influential book. It tells the story of human tribes that hunt down their pray by endurance running and literally running their prey all day until it’s exhausted. This book inspired a whole barefoot running movement. Essential reading for any serious runner.

Let’s Go Baby: A Family Across The Finish Line – Emily Adams

Emily Adams tells her  personal story of how she overcame post natal depression by getting back into running with her baby in a stroller, and how her jogging stroller events have helped countless mums to get active again after childbirth. This is a short book but I found Emily’s story very touching and inspiring. The book is self published and available for free download on her website.

My Best Race: 50 Runners and the Finish Line They’ll Never Forget – Chris Cooper

 If you want to run well you need the right mindset. In this collection of stories we hear from 50 runners about the best races they have run in their life. The runners come from diverse backgrounds and ran different types of races but the stories all cover the important subject of mindset. If you want to think like a runner then reading this book will get you half way there before you even leave your sofa. Don’t be surprised if you jump up and start running once you have finished it. Inspiring stuff!

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

 Murakami is one of the most celebrated authors alive today and his novels are loved by many all over the world. This book which is obsensibly on the subject or running and training for mathathons is so much more than that. Murakami talks about writing novels and about life using running as a vehicle to delve into these deeper subects.

If you are a runner yourself you will recognise the challange that Marakami describes they are common place but few athetes will also have the linguistic talent to descibe the subjects so elequently.

The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life – Amby Burfoot

 In life, if something in not growing it’s dying. In the runners meaning of life running is seen as a refusal to be stopped. The runners personal battle to keep going even when their body and mind is screaming at them to stop is a victory over life. Keep moving. Keep living.

Conclusion

Runners do think differently from your average couch potato and if you want to turn into a successful runner you will need to learn to start thinking like one sooner or later. Better start now and make your transition to jogger easier with the right mental models. 

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Top 5 Books On Yoga

Yoga is a perfect form of exercise for all age groups. It improves strength and flexability and can help bring peace of mind and relaxation.

You can do yoga at indoors or outdoors, at home or at the gym or if you are travelling you can do it in your hotel room too.

If you are interested in getting into Yoga we have prepared a Squeaky Clean recommended reading list of yoga books to help you get started.

Yoga Books

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual

The Practice manual is a great help for those who want to study Yoga at home. It does help to be a little but familiar with some of the Ashtanga poses but the book provides a detailed description of every pose including options for beginners as well as breath instruction.

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living

The Wisdom of Yoga is an exceptional book that goes into a deeper understand of the true nature of Yoga. Yoga is more than give simple postures and exercises there is a rich history of Eastern philosophy that underlies the dicipline. Stephen Cope writes clearly and explains everything to the reader making the deeper power of Yoga more accessible. If you have practiced Yoga before this book will help you go deeper.

The Yoga Bible

The Yoga Bible is all about postures and helps you get a handle on them with simple setp by step color photographs. Yoga instructors love it because it helps them comminicate to their students how to position their bodies correctly.

Hatha Yoga Illustrated

Hatha Yoga focuses on physical and mental strength building exercises. It’s another photographic illustrated guide and comes highly recommended. While the photos may make you think this is a beginners book it does go quite deep.

How Yoga Works

Lastly I had to include How Yoga works. This is actually a book that uses fiction to tell the story of Yoga and the true meaning of Yoga and spirituality. Despite it’s functional title is really a book for students of Yoga that want to go deeper. Or read it simply for pleasure and you may catch the Yoga bug!

How Yoga works teaches you how to like a life fully of happiness and compassion.

 

 

YouTube

I had to include Youtube here as it’s probably one of the best sources for Yoga instruction there is. There are 1000′s of Yoga videos there to help you master this discipline.

Lastly if you still think Yoga is simple stretching and not real fitness training take a look this video from Kino MacGregor. Amazing upperbody strength and control!!

 

 

There we have it, 5 of the top books on Yoga and videos thrown in as a bonus. The books all come highly recommended and we have taken care to make sure our list is clean from any duffers. The photographic books are obviously good practical guides to get started with home study perhaps combined with YouTube if you get stuck.There are some well regarded options if you want to go a bit deeper and remember Yoga is like any other form of fitness. You will get back out what you put into it. Have fun!

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