Check It Out: Resolving to be healthier, more fit this year

Happy New Year from the Newport Beach Public Library! The beginning of each year brings the opportunity for renewal and a commitment to bettering yourself. People often make resolutions to improve themselves in many avenues of life, either physically, spiritually, or even financially. In the literary world, this time of year has a flurry of new fitness regimen publications. The Newport Beach Library is always on trend and has lots of fun new books to choose from to make that commitment to a healthy life.

"Fitness Made Simple: The Power to Change your Body, the Power to Change your Life" by John Basedow: A great way to start, this book introduces a physical improvement program that is based on a complete nutrition and exercise plan, and includes motivational quotes, stories from successful users, and a even a workout DVD.

"Gold Medal Fitness : A Revolutionary 5-week Program" by Dara Torres: An Olympic champion counsels women of all fitness levels on the workout secrets and stretches of professional athletes. She also explains how to gain optimum benefits at midlife and beyond.

"Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness" by Mario Lopez: In the world of celebrity authored fitness guides, it certainly appears Mario Lopez practices what he preaches. His book contains a workout program that explains how to pursue fitness productively and enjoyably. It is structured in a three-stage guide that incorporates exercises from a variety of disciplines designed to keep practitioners motivated and committed.

"Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 day Weight Loss Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain Free Body" by Andrea Metcalf: This brand new book claims it will help you to lose weight, tone up, alleviate aches and pains, eat well, and live a healthier, more productive lifestyle. Metcalf delivers a fool-proof message of empowerment with compassion and humor. "Naked Fitness" offers: step-by-step exercise routines (with photographs); questionnaires with resulting exercise prescriptions; food, nutrition plans, and shopping lists; tips for enhanced nutritional well-being and physical body tone and movement; worksheets; mantras, emotional health tips, and much more.

"Super Body, Super Brain: The Breakthrough Ten Minute Workout" by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace:

Hot off the presses in 2011, it claims to have a brand new approach to mind- body connections. Brain workouts focused on memory are big business. Memory is located in only one part of the brain. It is movement that connects the intricate web of brain circuitry since different kinds of movement are managed by different areas of the brain. This book combines specific movements, involving balance and coordination, creating an atmosphere of multitasking connecting the brain circuitry and providing the brain with a workout from front to back and left to right in only 10 minutes.

"The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises" by Adam Campbell: This reference guide contains 612 exercises for every part of a woman's body, along with more than one hundred workout routines, a four-week diet plan, and a listing of twenty-five fat-fighting snacks. The library also has the companion book titled, "The Men's Health Big Book of Exercise: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!"

Stop by any of the Newport Beach Public Library locations and browse all brand new books for a fitness plan that works for you! Enjoy your healthy and happy new year thanks to the Newport Beach Public Library!

CHECK IT OUT is written by the staff of the Newport Beach Public Library. All titles may be reserved from home or office computers by accessing the catalog at For more information on the Central Library or any of the branches, please contact the Newport Beach Public Library at (949) 717-3800, option 2.

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