Confidence in Motion Bookshelf

When working toward change in your life, it can be helpful to have information at hand, to use between sessions. Below you will find a list of books used and recommended by Dr. Anvin to help you integrate the lessons you learn in sessions with your day to day life. Some help you monitor and celebrate your progress, others provide information and suggestions for integrating physical activity into your day to day life. All provide tangible resources to help you reach your goals!

Children's books on health and fitness

Happy Feet, Healthy Food: Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating
Journaling is a great way to motivate and track your progress! This journal is designed for kids, and has space to record your activities alongside tips and information about your body. A must-have resource for the newly active kid!

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness
An early reader style book about physical activity and health. Great pictures and lots of ideas to keep your child active and healthy.

The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids!
A great book for grades 2-5 with a humorous approach to eating right. This book focuses a little more on food than fitness.

Physical Fitness (My Health Series)
Geared for ages 9-12, this book explores fitness, how the body works, and healthy eating, as well as looking into some pitfalls of dieting.

Adult books on health and fitness

Food & Fitness Journal
Journaling is a great way to track your progress and stay motivated. This handy pocket-sized book has places to list your eating and activities, as well as space to track your mood and progress toward goals. The format is casual and friendly and easy to use.

The Positive Portions Food & Fitness Journal
Another journal format to keep you motivated and engaged. This journal again has space for listing your eating and physical activity in a simple, non-threatening format. On facing pages, it has lifestyle change information and encouraging statements to help you along in your journey.

Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood: The Workout Therapy Workbook
A great workbook giving information on the connections between mood and physical activity, with lots of practical strategies to help you plan activities, change your thinking about exercise, and reach your goals!

The Intrinsic Exerciser: Discovering the Joy of Exercise
An amazing book that will help you understand what makes an active lifestyle actually stick. You'll learn new ways to think about exercise that will help you develop a true passion for motion that will last a lifetime.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Everything you wanted to know about the psychology of exercise in clear, everyday language. Learn how physical activity helps depression, anxiety, and even ADHD and addictions, as well as supports learning and healthy aging.

No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running
Written by an avowed ex-couch potato and columnist for Runner's Magazine, this book will help you break down old messages about running and help you find joy in this simple activity. You don't have to be fast to be a real runner - you just have to put one foot in front of the other!

Activity idea books for all ages

South Bay Trails
Trail maps and hiking/biking information for a wide range of parks right in our area. There's also books for Peninsula, East Bay and North Bay hikes, and South Bay bike trails.

Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child's Everyday Life
Learn ways to get in motion and have fun without feeling like you're exercising. This book is aimed at parents, but is chock full of ideas anyone can use to add a little motion into their life and get the most out of everyday household activities.

Fun, Fitness, and Skills: Powerful Original Games Approach
A collection of 93 games and activities that get your body moving. Great resource for playdates and parties, or just fun in your own backyard with the whole family.

The Ultimate Playground & Recess Game Book
If your child has trouble joining games at recess, this book can be a great help. Review the rules and practice dozens of popular playground games with your child, and help them build the skill and confidence needed to join with their peers on the playground!

Everybody Wins: 393 Non-Competitive Games for Young Children
If competition is holding you or your child back from sharing physical play with others, this book is a great resource! Lot of these games are active and amusing for a wide range of ages. Also check out the links to similar books if you want more cooperative play ideas!

You will note that many of these books talk about children and play activities. But there is no reason adults can't use these as resources too! Rediscovering active play is an important part of adopting an active and healthy lifestyle for many of us. Check out some of these if traditional exercise is unappealing to you!


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