For your viewing pleasure, please find enclosed some of my favourite people, websites and books. Enjoy!
Health and Fitness
- Article: Exercise is the magic pill—a great summary from the Harvard Magazine on the pervasive power of exercise, and our cultural reluctance to move on it.
- Precision Nutrition—highly reputable, evidence-based nutrition and fitness information. Whether you're unsure about cod liver oil supplmentation, the Paleo diet or periodised training just try Google'ing
precision nutrition <topic>and they'll likely have written about it. They also create a lot of great infographics, such as in their template to building the perfect meal.
- For mobility, flexibility and strength work that's fun and doesn't require a gym, check out GMB.io. Their Elements program is a brilliant online course that I really enjoyed. They also have a lot of well-written articles.
- The book that got me hooked on running was Born to Run. Even if you aren't particularly interested in long-distance running, it's an incredibly told story that's hard to put down.
- Book: Show your Work! by Austin Kleon. A short book of excellent advice on getting your creative work out there, and particularly on sharing your creative process rather than just presenting your final product.
- Derek Sivers—Minimalist, entrepreneur, tech-head, philosopher and writer. His website houses a huge collection of detailed notes for books he's read. Goldmine! If you're interested in entrepreneurship, or creativity in general, his book—Anything You Want—is fun, inspiring, and can be read in an afternoon.
- Book: Mindfulness in Plain English—this is usually what I recommend to people who are interested in Vipasanna, or insight meditation. A wonderfully written "nuts and bolts, step-by-step" meditation manual. You can read the original version online for free.
- Book: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray. A witty, honest, non-preachy reflection on drinking and the joy of dropping it. The reason I'm currently part way through a Sober Spring.
- Sober Punks—A sweary alcohol recovery blog written by a Yorkshireman.
- Want to go down the rabbit hole? This article explores some of the lesser-known health risks of alcohol consumption, and reveals the layers of confusion that have been thrown over it by the alcohol industry: Did Drinking Give me Breast Cancer?
- Book: Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks—having lived with high anxiety for several years, I can say that book is has been one of the most important resources in my recovery. I still regularly return to it when my anxiety flares up.