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Are Fitness Books A Waste of Your Time and Money?

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviewsby Matt

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Where did I put that one on slimmer thighs in 30 days?

Ah! Here’s the section on low carb vegan fasting for the busy mom who wants to run her first 5K!

It’s been a solid week since I’ve moved to my new, all be it, smaller place here in Colorado.

I’ve been cutting out clutter like an infomercial knife salesman and one of the things I’ve really cut back on are the books in my library.

You may be surprised to know that I have very few books on diet and exercise. Most of my books are either for entertainment (Calvin and Hobbs anthology) or are more general success books. I figure if I can apply success principals to getting in shape I can also apply them to work, relationships ect.

That still doesn’t answer the question why a fitness guy like me would have only a few books on fitness. After all, isn’t learning and education the foundation to success?

Of course it is, but truth be told, I often find many diet and exercise books a waste.

The first reason is because, if I am honest with myself, I know at least 8 things I can do to change my diet and exercise habits to gain better results. As Tony Robins once said; “It’s not knowing what to do, but doing what you know.” If I have ideas that I’m not acting on, spending time and money for even more ideas is only going to cost me more lifestyle resources with less to show for it.

A better course of action would be to simply ask myself what the next step would be and figure out how to do it.

The second reason is because I believe I have most of the answers I already need from root knowledge. This is especially the case when it comes to diet. I know how to eat for plenty of energy,  great health and of course weight management.  If I can cover those bases with my diet, what more is there than making slight tweaks and progression over time?

The final reason, why I don’t have many fitness books, is because they are very expensive.  I’m a big fan of getting books at a discount, so the financial cost is as low as possible. The real cost of books is the time they take to read. My friend, Nicki, can blow through Moby Dick in an afternoon but I’m a much slower reader. Some books will literally take me 2-3 weeks. That’s a lot of time to learn information that I either a) won’t be using or b) already know and apply in someway shape or form.

I believe self awareness and experience can teach us far better than a whole library of fitness books. That being said, books do have their place. They are great places to find ideas and inspiration. They are not so much that flame of knowledge but rather the spark at the head of the match.

In my next post I’ll cover a few ways you can get the most from the fitness books you do read and how to tell if a book is simply not worth your time and money.