I don’t get overly hyped about many things…and I’m very judicious about things I recommend. But with that being said…
If I could recommend just one modern-day book for you to read, in almost any situation it would be The Slight Edge written by Jeff Olson.
Whether health & fitness, business, relationships, or just life in general, it’s simply an incredible book…one that will help you understand what leads to success vs failure, despite the endeavor.
Once I completed my college education (which I stretched out as long as I could – ha), I began reading quite voraciously…and I still do in spurts. Point being, I’ve read a LOT of books. And practically all of these are of the non-fiction variety. More specifically, I tend to read things that might help me become a better person…so whether it’s self-help, productivity, business, etc. I’ll probably enjoy it…or already have.
With that being said, these days it takes something really special about a book to make me excited about it to the point where I wanna tell others about it. So when Pete from my small group at church showed up with a stack of these to hand out to us, I admittedly thought “oh that’s very nice of him, but I’m sure this is gonna turn out to be another mediocre book rehashing the same ol’ stuff.” But I was wrong.
The Slight Edge points out that the line between failure and success is a very fine one, indeed. Having had my share of both, I’ve found that to be the case in my life, too, when looking back in retrospect.
In closing, if you’re someone who struggles with up and downs in the exercise/nutrition part of your life, I’d consider this book a must read. And for that matter, if you struggle with up and downs in any part of your life (who doesn’t?!) then you should also read The Slight Edge.
It’s not a “Rah, rah, you can do it!” kind of book. Instead, it takes a practical, no-nonsense look at how to succeed (or fail) at anything by making the smallest changes.
Your friend in fitness,