By Chase B. (he/him)

*Please consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise regimen.

With a new year comes one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions… getting in shape. Whether it is buying a new gym membership, taking up a new physical activity, or using the treadmill in your home that has turned into a wonderful clothes hanger, many people will be beginning or maybe even continuing their fitness journey. 

The past two years have really highlighted how important a healthy lifestyle is. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to remain physically fit and active. In an online article, the Mayo Clinic listed different benefits to being physically active which include controlling weight, combating health conditions and diseases, improving your mood, boosting energy, and promoting better sleep. Therefore, being active and getting exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep from getting ill. 

The library has several items that can help you get started. Below are just a few. They are linked to their entries in our online catalog, and their call numbers are included as well. Be sure to browse the areas these are found in for some other related materials! 


The Men’s Health Gym Bible by Myatt Murphy, C.S.C.S and Michael Meija, M.S., C.S.C.S (613.7044 MURPH)

“The Men’s Health Gym Bible is the ultimate resource for the total gym experience. Men’s Health fitness advisor Michael Mejia and co-author Myatt Murphy will teach you how to use various types of gym equipment for optimal strength and cardiovascular fitness. In addition to hundreds of exercises for strength and cardio equipment like free weights, stability balls, and treadmills, this updated edition is filled with exercises and expert fitness advice for cutting edge equipment like TRX suspension training, sandbags, and kettlebells. With almost 700 photos, this edition features all-new images that demonstrate proper form and technique for every functional exercise.”

Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn for a Safe and Healthy Yoga Practice by Judith Hanson Lasater (613.7046 LASAT)

“Because yoga has become more and more popular and integrated into Western culture, millions of people outside of India study and practice yoga. Along with this has been a proliferation in the numbers of yoga teachers. In this book, introduces “yoga myths’ in each chapter. These are the beliefs commonly held about how movements should be practiced which in fact do not represent the actual physical anatomical reality the body’s structure and how it moves. These yoga myths are very common among virtually all systems of yoga asana practice. This book creates the opportunity to choose something different in our practice and teaching of yoga. This difference is that we now have the power to stop injuring ourselves, and to begin to move with more joy and ease”

The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running: Everything You Need to Know about Running for Fitness and Leisure, Training for Both Sport and Competition, and the Greatest Races, with Step-By-Step Instruction, Individual Running Plans and Expert Advice, Shown in over 550 Fantastic Photographs by Elizabeth Hufton (796.42 HUFTO)

 The perfect introduction to one of today’s fastest-growing and most popular activities, full of tips to help you stay motivated – and stay running.

Pilates for Everyone: 50 Exercises for Every Type of Body by Micki Havard (613.7192 HAVAR)

No matter what your age, size, or physical ability is, you can do every exercise in Pilates for Everyone. Each Pilates exercise shows the typical movements for gaining the physical and mental benefits from that exercise. Then each exercise offers at least three variations performed by people just like you to help you find the right modification that fits who you are. This way, no matter which version you perform, you’re going to reach similar goals.

Walking For Fitness: Make Every Step Count by Nina Barough (613.7176 BAROU)

Explains how to use walking to tone the body, increase vitality, and enhance overall health, with seven twelve-week-long walking programs, stretching and strengthening exercises, and step-by-step photographs that demonstrate correct techniques.


Zumba Fitness: Exhilarate: The Ultimate Experience DVD Set created by Alberto “Beto” Pérez (DVD SPORTS ZUMBA)

“The Zumba program was created in the 1990s by Beto Perez, a celebrity fitness trainer, and choreographer for International pop superstars. Inspired by the traditional cumbia, salsa, samba, and merengue music he grew up with, Beto paired his favorite pulsating Latin rhythms with the red-hot international dance steps his clients loved and the first Zumba fitness-party was born”

P90-X Extreme Home Fitness with Tony Horton; produced by Beachbody; director, D. Mason Bendewald (DVD SPORTS P)

Designed for a higher level of fitness, this program offers twelve comprehensive and demanding workouts, each designed with a specific fitness objective.

Yoga For Health – Basics (DVD SPORTS YOGA)

In this program, Jenny Cornero leads a simple yoga class with easy-to-follow instructions that will leave the viewer in a peaceful state of mind after the final relaxation

Insanity: 60-day Total-Body Conditioning Program from Beachbody (DVD SPORTS INSAN)

An intense workout designed to condition your whole body in 60 days. Includes nutrition guide.

Tai Chi for Body and Mind Fitness: Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi written and presented by Pat Akers; produced and directed by Andrew Burke (DVD SPORTS TAI)

In this inspiring program, Pat Akers guides you through the gentle, flowing movements of tai chi that can strengthen and relax your body while calming your mind and improving your mental focus. Tai Chi for Body and Mind Fitness unlocks the secrets of traditional Yang style tai chi, an ancient martial art practices by people of all ages. Discover how the ‘moving meditation’ of tai chi can improve balance, circulation, and muscle tone; reduce stress and anxiety; increase flexibility of joints; help you feel energized and calm, invigorated, and centered; and harmonize the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of your life. Tai Chi for Body and Mind Fitness contains clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for both beginners and advanced students; front and rearview demonstrations of every tai chi movement; practical advice to help improve your balance and posture; and tips for making tai chi accessible to those with physical limitations.


Through Overdrive and Libby, library users can gain access to several eMagazines that discuss different aspects of Fitness, Exercise, Nutrition, and Health. You can find more information on how to access these and other digital collections here which include magazine titles such as:

Library of Things (Fitness Items)

The Library of Things adds to the typical library collections most people are used to. Now you can get outdoor games to even baking equipment. The current Health and Fitness Items available for checkout include:

In January, the Library of Things will be adding several items to its collection related to health and fitness. Some of those items include:

  • Core Coaster
  • Yoga Block
  • Dumbbell Weight Set
  • Grid Foam Roller
  • Mini Elliptical Machine
  • Perfect Pushups
  • Weighted Jump Rope
  • Resistance Tubes
  • Light Therapy Lamp
  • Massage Gun
  • White Noise Machine
  • Wobble Board.

You can view more about the Library of Things including other items they offer here

Chase B. (he/him)
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Chase B. (he/him)

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