Book review: Health and Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life

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I was not compensated for this post. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are entirely my own.

There’s a part of me that feels a bit like an imposter reviewing a book about leading a healthy lifestyle when I’ve found every excuse under the sun to avoid stepping in the gym this week. That’s probably WHY a book like this is so important, especially when the winter funk takes over and we need a firm kick in the rear (or is that just me?).

Health and Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life by James Atkinson explores the small changes that anyone can make that will result in big, transformative lifestyle habits. Admittedly, much of the information obtained in the book is stuff that most of us already know (like fitting walking into our daily routines, drinking more water, exercising portion control, starting each morning with a big breakfast, etc.), but there were definitely some new-to-me tips that I loved learning in the pages of this book.

There is a section on juicing, for example, that I thought was really enlightening, simply because I find it to be a colossal pain in the ass. Turns out, so does the author! Rather than sugarcoat the issue, he explains the simple adjustments we can make to our mindsets that will make a difference in the kitchen each morning.

“…there’s yet to be a morning when I welcome my juicing experience. Even though I have managed to get a system in place that takes only ten minutes from start to finish if I don’t mess around, I still feel that this is a big chore.”

YES. But he goes on to explain WHY it’s such an integral part of your routine and how this simple change can make a world of difference.   

A word from the publisher about what readers can expect in this book:

  • A full year of health and fitness tips ready and waiting for you 
  • A solid lifestyle blueprint for you to implement right away or use as a template
  • A way to fit small, life changing mindset, diet & exercise tweaks easily into your life
  • Ways to finally achieve long-term, unstoppable fitness success!
  • The top 5 biggest fitness mistakes

Though the author tries to personalize the experience and fitness journey for readers, there must be a willingness to take wellness into your own hands. This book lays a great foundation to get started, but with anything in life it requires hard work, dedication, and a time commitment to get the results you want. A minor caveat (and I’m not sure if this is because I received a review copy or not): there are quite a few typos in this book, which drove me batty, but maybe that’s just the editor in me 🙂

Did this book radically change my life? Certainly not. But there are some important takeaways that I think will benefit anyone who wants to kick start 2018 on a healthy note.

Bottom line: This book is not about crash dieting and setting unobtainable fitness goals. The focus here really is on small, actionable steps and changing your mindset to enable and enjoy a healthy life. With only 87 pages, this is a very quick (and lightweight) read that you can easily take you with and bookmark in a weekend.

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6 Comments… add one
ShootingStarsMag March 4, 2018, 9:38 PM

Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely someone who needs a bit more motivation in getting back on the healthy train. LOL

San March 5, 2018, 5:27 PM

Definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

Beth March 6, 2018, 11:39 AM

Small and actionable steps are probably what I need to kick my booty back in gear with a healthier lifestyle. I think I might have to check this out. Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful review! <3

Dean March 6, 2018, 3:10 PM

I appreciate when self-help books are real. As the reader I appreciate when an author makes things seem attainable, it gives me the push I need to go for it. 🙂

Lecy | A Simpler Grace March 7, 2018, 9:07 AM

I’ve been on a health and wellness book kick lately. I just finished a book by Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser. This one looks really interesting!

Crystal // Dreams, etc. March 8, 2018, 1:00 PM

This sounds like a great book! I love that he focuses on taking small steps toward living a healthier lifestyle. That’s the way to go!

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