Happy fourth of July! (at least to our American readers…) Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!
A couple of months ago, I made the resolution to start reading a book a week. I love to read, and there are so many books that I have wanted to read but I just couldn’t find the time. So I made a commitment to read or listen to one every week, no matter what. I’ve been successful now for 8 or 9 weeks, and I have no intention of stopping.
I thought it might be fun – and a great way for you to keep me on track – to share the books I’m reading. Most of these are nonfiction books that involve learning some sort of skill, but I vary my routine occasionally. I’d love for you to join me, so in The 10 posts, I will start sharing the book I finished over the prior week and the book I will start that weekend. Feel free to buy the book and send your thoughts on it to me on Twitter or Facebook!
Book I read this week: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
I read her bestseller The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun a few years ago and loved it. As someone who loves to master habits (or tries anyway), I was excited to see she tackled habits for her current project. It’s terrific! I won’t spoil the details here, but you should read it. Rubin explains the four distinct types of people and how they can structure habits differently to improve their lives. Combining research with her personal anecdotes, she makes learning about habits and self-improvement a pleasure.
Book I’m reading next week: The Win Within: Capturing Your Victorious Spirit by Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD (I recently interviewed Dr. Mandelbaum for my book, so I’m thrilled to read his!)
Now on to the articles!
A new study shines light on an important problem: Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes by Ashwin L. Rao, Irfan M. Asif, Jonathan A. Drezner, Brett G. Toresdahl, Kimberly G. Harmon in Sports Health
Terrific advice for overhead athletes, from the pros to the youth levels: Pain-Free Pitching: Former MLB Athletic Trainer’s Tips For Shoulder Care by Sue Falsone in MomsTeam.com
Here’s even more evidence that we need to sit less. And it’s easy to fix: Walking an extra two minutes each hour may offset hazards of sitting too long in Medical News Today
My dad is a radiologist, so I appreciated this one: This cartoon tells you all you need to know about radiologists by James Chang in KevinMD
Exercise and Fitness
A good read about how much exercise you should aim for each week: The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times
Helpful advice from my friend, Jordan Metzl, MD: Why Shin Splints Happen and How to Never Deal With Them Again by Erin Kelly in Greatist
Productivity and Self Improvement
One of my favorite podcasts addresses an important topic for people interested in fitness, health or self improvement:
When Willpower Isn’t Enough: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast by Stephen J. Dubner in Freakonomics
“It takes work to achieve the things we want in life.” Great point from How to Make Your Dreams Come True by Tim Schurrer in Storyline
Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
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