… a 30-day fitness challenge, yoga that’s for everyone & Navy SEAL training that isn’t, and a way to get taller.  

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This month’s book roundup features gentle, easy ways to start moving to build a healthier, stronger body this spring as well as a celebrity memoir of his month living with a Navy SEAL. As we shake off the mental and physical cobwebs of winter, we stretch our bodies and minds and think about getting both back into shape.

Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in 30 Days, by Jenna Wolfe

“How do I change from the person I am to the person I want to be?” Jenna Wolfe, creator of the successful 30-Day Fitness Challenge on the Today show, asks readers to ask themselves at the outset of her book. Wolfe asked herself the same question as she embarked on her own fitness recovery plan while on maternity leave. This delightfully simple, easy-to-follow program teaches good eating habits, inspires confidence, and motivates readers to follow a gym-free, at home workout that promises results in just one month. What I love most about this book is that her tips stick in your head and come to mind when you need inspiration to make good choices. It may not change your life, but it may change your lifestyle.

Taller, Slimmer, Younger: 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique

The fitness buzzword of 2016 is fascia, according to celebrity trainer and alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh, who was dubbed “the body whisperer” by Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop.com. In this illustrated guide book, Lauren illustrates how to reshape your muscles, release tension, break up scar tissue, and detoxify your body in just three weeks using only a foam roller. Here’s how it works: the foam roller targets the fascia – the connective tissue that cradles your muscles and organs, releasing tension and toxins that affect posture, anxiety, chronic pain and excess weight and may even make you taller in the process! Lauren’s celebrity clients including volleyball champ Gabby Reece and Big Bang Theory actress Melissa Rauch all vouch for the body-altering results of her technique.


The YogaFit Athlete: Up Your Game with Sport-Specific Poses to Build Strength, Flexibility, and Balance!

Name a sport and yoga can help bring your practice to the next level. That’s the philosophy behind Beth Shaw’s YogaFit™ training program and this fully-illustrated guide to sport-specific yoga training. Beth maps out how balance, flexibility, strength, and mindfulness can all be improved through yoga practice and how injuries can be prevented and healed. “Your body can either help you achieve your goals or get in the way of you living your best life,” she explains. “By practicing yoga and meditation, you can make your body work with you, not against you.” This fully-illustrated guide provides yoga routines specifically for swimming, running, cycling, golf, tennis, baseball, football, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, weightlifting, kickboxing, and CrossFit, among others, whether you’re a weekend warrior, professional athlete or a sport enthusiast.

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet, by Jesse Itzler

Anyone who’s heard of Jesse Itzler knows he’s capable of unimaginably crazy feats. The owner of the Atlanta Hawks, co-founder of Marquis Jet, music producer, and rapper constantly challenges himself to go far beyond his comfort zone. Like inviting a tough-as-nails Navy Seal to take charge of his life for 31 days just to see what would happen. While this book isn’t a workout manual, it is an entertaining and enlightening signpost for anyone looking for inspiration to take their lives to the next level.


Up next month: Fast, easy, healthy food prep with books from celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow & Maria Menounos, as well as a real-food detox plan, clean-eating recipe makeovers, and delicious recipes that take only 6 ingredients and 6 minutes to prepare.