Find the Workout That's Perfect for You

Find the Workout That's Perfect for You

January 2, 2020
Each New Year’s Day, countless people make the resolution to exercise more over the upcoming months. But getting fit and staying active is also one of the most frequently abandoned resolutions. Finding a workout that will get you moving and keep you motivated isn’t always easy when there are so many different possibilities. Whether you're new to exercising, looking to get back into the habit, or just want to up your game, we’ve handpicked this list of audiobooks to help you find the routine that’s right for you.
    • Beginner and Expert Strategies for Becoming a Better Swimmer
    • By: Ace McCloud
    • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 07-02-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 ratings
    • Swimming has great health benefits for people of all ages, from strengthening muscle to improving cardiovascular health. With the guidance of author Ace McCloud and the invigorating, conversational delivery of narrator Joshua Mackey, this listen will help you build your endurance in order to swim longer and farther. You’ll also learn helpful tips like the proper techniques to benefit you in competition and how to strengthen your body through swimming.
    • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
    • By: John J. Ratey
    • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 09-17-08
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,396 ratings
    • Like many people, you may be looking to start an exercise regimen to help you get stronger, feel less tired, or fit into your old clothes. But here’s what many people don't realize: exercising is also enormously beneficial to your brain. Working out is a great defense against depression, anxiety, symptoms of menopause, and more. In this fascinating listen, narrator Walter Dixon skillfully relays John J. Ratey's research into exercise and the brain, and the tangible mental benefits of staying active.
    • The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You
    • By: Patrick McKeown
    • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 04-19-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 595 ratings
    • Sure, breathing is a necessity for human life. But did you know it was possible to breathe better? And that there’s even such a thing as breathing too much? Patrick McKeown, author and breathing practitioner, has trained more than 5,000 people including Olympic and professional athletes. In this audiobook, Irish actor Alan Smyth lends his soothing brogue to McKeown’s method, which aims to help you decrease the number of breaths you take and increase your health.
    • Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
    • By: Gretchen Reynolds
    • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 05-24-12
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 189 ratings
    • Get ready to forget what you think you know about stretching before a workout, core strength, sports drinks, and more. In this listen, Gretchen Reynolds, author of the weekly Phys Ed column for The New York Times, debunks popular myths about exercise. Drawing on scientific research and her own athletic experiences, she also explains how to best avoid injuries, covers how long your workouts should be, and more. Narrator Karen Saltus offers an engaging, thoughtful delivery of Reynolds’s expertise, outlining how you can obtain maximum health benefits in just 20 short minutes.
    • Discover the Breakthrough Elite-Training Formula for Ultimate Fitness and Performance at All Levels
    • By: Matt Fitzgerald, David Warden
    • Narrated by: David Warden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 10-02-18
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 125 ratings
    • Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced athlete, Matt Fitzgerald and David Warden's research provides valuable insights. In this listen, narrated by Warden, the authors demonstrate how athletes perform best when they do 80 percent of their training at low intensity and the remaining 20 percent at moderate to high intensity—and how recreational athletes are training way too hard. They'll explain the benefits of workout variation and how following their advice will help reduce fatigue and injury risk, improve your overall fitness, increase your motivation, and achieve better results.
    • Eat Better. Train Better. Think Better. Be Better.
    • By: Joe De Sena, Jeff Csatari
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 538 ratings
    • Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan, the global health and wellness phenomenon, and executive producer of the NBC television show Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. The Spartans were a warrior society in Ancient Greece known for their martial traditions and fierce determination. This audiobook helps you learn the Spartan core virtues to gain endurance and overcome any challenge in just 36 days. Audie-nominated narrator Christian Rummel lends his rugged, steady delivery to this listen, getting you ready to face this fitness program head-on.
    • Samadhi Pada
    • By: Pandit Rajmani Tigunait PhD
    • Narrated by: D.C. Rao
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-17
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 129 ratings
    • It was 2200 years ago when the sage Patanjali recorded 195 bits of insight, known as the Yoga Sutras. Now, Dr. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait brings these wisdoms to the modern age, unearthing the core of the yoga tradition. Though this commentary is practitioner-oriented, it makes an excellent audiobook for anyone who seeks to better understand the health and soul benefits of practicing yoga. Narrator D.C. Rao brings a calm and soothing energy to this listen, making it perfect for centering yourself and opening your heart and mind.
    • Nidra & Sutras Pantajaly Guide, Spirituality & Meditation Philosophy. Relieve Stress & Anxiety, Increase Body Flexibility, Spirit & Mind's Health with Easy Poses for Mindfulness
    • By: Sichet Fema Kriya
    • Narrated by: Elise Black
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Release date: 11-21-19
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 100 ratings
    • Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise today and with good reason—the benefits of yoga are far too many to count. This is the perfect listen for anyone who is just beginning a yoga practice. It's a great way to discover how you can get into a low-stress routine that will aid the health of your mind, body, and spirit, all while learning poses and flows for beginners. Elise Black’s slow, deliberate performance of Kriya’s work imbues this audiobook with a gentleness that will get you in the mindset to start your yoga journey.
    • Practical Techniques and Strategies to Develop a Lifetime Habit of Exercise
    • By: Martin Meadows
    • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 02-23-16
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 635 ratings
    • Sometimes, it isn't choosing the right exercise that is difficult, but finding the time and motivation to stick to your routine. Martin Meadows’s audiobook helps you improve self-discipline, teaching you how to carve out the time for working out, despite a hectic schedule, and keeping your commitment. You’ll find practical tricks and tips for supporting decades of healthy habits, expressed with the help of narrator John Gagnepain, a performer who specializes in self-development titles and, therefore, is no stranger to encouraging and driving listeners.
    • 30-Day Greek God Muscle Building Action Plan Challenge
    • By: Jennifer Louissa
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-18
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 ratings
    • Looking to build muscle and reap the benefits of training, but aren't sure where to start? With this 30-day workout plan, you'll discover what calisthenics is all about—from how you can quickly build lean muscle to the best home and street exercises to get the most impactful results to how to avoid common injury-inducing mistakes. The confident, authoritative voice of English voice actress Andrea Giordani will help listeners absorb each lesson about the benefits of bodyweight exercise, demonstrating how you don’t necessarily need to hit the weight racks to get stronger.

Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, and a Book of the Month judge.
She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon.

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