By Beth Hindman

A new year means 365 days to be a better you. For many, that means getting healthier, fitter, and more balanced. The key to true change in your body and your mind is to find your passion. Check-out these books and DVDs for some inspiration.

T is for Transformation: Unleash the 7 Superpowers to Help You Dig Deeper, Feel Stronger, and Live Your Best Life by Shaun T

The fitness celebrity discusses his life and the struggles he endured, emphasizing the need to overcome mental obstacles to achieve wellness, and detailing seven principles that can guide success.

Shaun T is the creator of the Beachbody Insanity fitness program. This book has unbelievable reviews and is truly inspirational. We all harbor negative thoughts about our abilities, about bodies, and our mind, but this book will help you find your spark and the motivation to make a lifestyle change.



The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health and Beauty by Jillian Michaels

Reverse the effects of aging and maintain optimal health for life through the revolutionary 6 Keys program by New York Times best-selling author Jillian Michaels. (Summary from Amazon)

You may know Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser TV show. She is a fitness expert and renowned life coach. This book is full of valuable secrets, scientific research, and proven facts. I particularly found the conversation on fad diets to be very eye-opening.




Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women – Always #HelathyAF, Never Boring by Kevin Curry

The fitness influencer and creator of the #1 bestselling Food & Drink app, FitMenCook, shares 100 easy, quick meal prep recipes that will save you time, money, and inches on your waistline—helping you to get healthy on your own terms. (Summary from Amazon)

Popular food blogger, Kevin Curry serves up tips and recipes for meal prepping. Meal prepping has taken the internet by storm, but what is it? Meal prep is a strategic cooking method that allows for portion control, and where you prepare all or some of your meals ahead of time. Meal prepping has changed my life. I can come home from a long day of work, and take out a healthy, balanced, delicious meal from the fridge.



Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down by Peter Walsh

A recent study showed that people with cluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. Why? Organization pro Peter Walsh thinks it’s because you can’t make your best or the healthiest choices in a cluttered, messy, disorganized environment. But there’s good news: you can change your habits, change your health, and change your life–all in just 6 weeks. [Includes] a room-by-room organizing guide, quizzes to create customizable plans, and testimonials from eight of the dozens of volunteers who followed this plan.

Besides cats and reading, my obsessions are fitness and organization. I live a wild life folks. I’ve always believed an organized house helps you have an organized mind which in turn helps you make positive choices about your fitness and nutrition. Use this book to get rid of the clutter in your house, in your mind, and on your body!


Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, More Graceful You by Misty Copeland

The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health. (Summary from Amazon)

The cover of this book is absolutely stunning. Misty Copeland is the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theater. While this is an exercise and nutrition book, it’s also a book to help you discover how to be a strong, powerful and confident woman.



Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: the Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible by Tracy Anderson

Did you know muscles get bored, just like people do? And did you also know that there’s a 9 out of 10 chance that you’re working the wrong muscles when you exercise? With TRACY ANDERSON’S 30-DAY METHOD you don’t have to worry-her unique workout and eating plan will help you drop the weight and shrink your body in no time. (Summary from Amazon)

I love Tracy Anderson. I used her Pregnancy Project exercise program while pregnant with both my children. At first glance, her exercises seem easy, but you will feel the burn the next day, and you will work muscles you didn’t even know you had!



The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds

The New York Times bestseller that explains how groundbreaking scientific discoveries can help each of us achieve our personal best. Every week, Gretchen Reynolds single-handedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her popular New York Times column, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and stirs controversy by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise. Whether you’re running ultramarathons or just want to climb the stairs without losing your breath, The First 20 Minutes will show you how to be healthy today and perform better tomorrow. (Summary from Amazon)

If you are looking for a book with lots of pictures and different exercises, this is not the book for you. However, if you want to learn about the science behind exercising and challenge your beliefs and knowledge of how to be healthy and fit, read this book!


Why Kids Make You Fat and How to get your Body Back: the Proven Weight-Loss Program for Busy Parents by Mark Macdonald

It’s no secret that most of us get flabbier the older we get, and it’s no surprise that the biggest spike in weight happens in the early stages of parenthood. Mark Macdonald knows the struggle himself, having gained thirty-five pounds after the birth of his son. It happened to him even as a nutritionist and former fitness model, so he knew he wasn’t alone in the struggle. Along with his wife, Abbi, Mark has created this proven eight-week program specifically geared toward parents to help them shed the weight, discover new amounts of energy, and most importantly, create new sustainable habits to keep it from coming back. (Summary from Amazon)

As a busy mom of two little ones, this book was calling to me. The chaos of having children can easily seep into your nutrition and exercise routine. The author of this book gives us practical tips and an 8-week program to get back on track.


 Burn & Firm Pilates – DVD

This workout combines simple dance-inspired moves and light hand weights with traditional Pilates for a full cardiovascular and toning workout intended to deliver faster results than Pilates alone. Required equipment: hand weights (no more than 3 pounds), supportive footwear, mat.

This is an oldie but a goodie. I hijacked my mom’s VHS copy of this back in high school, and then replaced with a new DVD once the tape was worn out. It’s a simple pilates workout with cardio and weights. Be prepared to sweat!




Insanity: 60-day Total Conditioning Program – DVD

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

If you are tired of the same old workouts, look no further. The name is appropriate. This exercise program is intense and not for beginners, but the varied routine will keep you on your toes. As an avid Beachbody user, I can attest to the amazing results you can get from this type of program. A popular Beachbody quote is “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”




Beth Hindman
Experience Manager

Beth Hindman

As a busy mom of two and Experience Manager at EVPL Red Bank, Beth is a lover of all things coffee, cats, and books. She also enjoys, cooking, working out, watching horror movies, and can organize just about anything.

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