Fitter. Calmer. Stronger: A Mindful Approach to Exercise and Nutrition

Harper Horizon. Jan. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780785291725. $29.99. FITNESS
Written by a global singer/songwriter superstar, this book, which is being compared by health experts to The Body Book and other recent celebrity fitness bibles, packs a punch. Goulding has created a training approach that emphasizes holistic wellness. Her book provides foundational pillars related to fitness, meditation, nourishment, mindset, and more before offering a workout plan and recipes. These aren’t presented as a 21-day challenge or quick fix but rather as a lifestyle, designed to be tweaked according to one’s needs, goals, and more. Goulding opens each section with pithy statements from experts designed to orient readers. Each chapter shows the nuanced ways changes might be incorporated into a routine so that there’s a gentleness and a clear sense of action.
VERDICT With a balanced mix of personal anecdotes (including confessions of missteps) and expert advice, this book feels like both a workout buddy and a super trainer, without taking a tone that’s unnecessarily prescriptive or harsh.
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