Books for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

By Coll Rowe | April 29 2024 | Health

In May, we are celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with a collection of titles that includes stories about the joy and benefits that come with staying active, books about the science of physical fitness, and the experiences of athletes who have inspired and set new standards within their communities.

There's Always This Year
On Basketball and Ascension
A poignant, personal reflection on basketball, talent and allegiance, and of course, LeBron James—from the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America.
$32.00 US
Mar 26, 2024
352 Pages
Random House

Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding
If exercise is healthy (so good for you!), why do many people dislike or avoid it? These engaging stories and explanations will revolutionize the way you think about exercising—not to mention sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing.
$18.00 US
Dec 07, 2021
464 Pages

Good for a Girl
A Woman Running in a Man's World
Fueled by her years as an elite runner and advocate for women in sports, Lauren Fleshman offers her inspiring personal story and a rallying cry for reform of a sports landscape that is failing young female athletes.
$18.00 US
Jan 09, 2024
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The NBA in Black and White
The Memoir of a Trailblazing NBA Player and Coach

A memoir of hard lessons learned in the racially segregated and sometimes outright racist NBA of the early ‘60s by celebrated NBA player and the first Black Coach of the Year, Ray Scott.

$25.95 US
Jun 14, 2022
256 Pages
Seven Stories Press

The Inner Game of Tennis
The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
This manual on how to embrace the mind-body connection and achieve peak performance both on and off the court has been repackaged for its 50th anniversary with an updated epilogue, an introduction by Bill Gates, and an updated foreword from legendary coach Pete Carroll.
$17.99 US
May 27, 1997
192 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Running with Sherman
How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America
Running with Sherman is a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection.
$19.00 US
Jul 28, 2020
352 Pages

Up to Speed
The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes

Sports and health journalist Christine Yu disentangles myth and gender bias from real science, making the case for new approaches that can help women athletes excel at every stage of life, from adolescence to adulthood, through pregnancy, menopause, and beyond.

$29.00 US
May 16, 2023
336 Pages
Riverhead Books

Outcasts United
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town.

$18.00 US
Dec 01, 2009
336 Pages
Random House

Running to the Edge
A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed
The story of visionary American running coach Bob Larsen’s mismatched team of elite California runners who would win championships and Olympic glory in a decades-long pursuit of “the epic run.”
$18.00 US
Apr 14, 2020
304 Pages

The Keeper
Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women's Lives

A beautifully illustrated coming-of-age graphic memoir chronicling how sports shaped Kelsey Ervick’s life and changed women’s history forever.

$27.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
336 Pages

Physical Intelligence
The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life
Elegantly written and deeply grounded in personal experience—works by Oliver Sacks come to mind—Physical Intelligence gives us a clear, illuminating examination of the intricate, mutually responsive relationship between the mind and the body as they engage (or don’t engage) in all manner of physical action.Ever wonder why you don’t walk into walls or off cliffs? How you decide if you can drive through a snowstorm? How high you are willing to climb up a ladder to change a lightbulb? Through the prisms of behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience, Scott Grafton brilliantly accounts for the design and workings of the action-oriented brain in synchronicity with the body in the natural world, and he shows how physical intelligence is inherent in all of us—and always in problem-solving mode. Drawing on insights gleaned from discoveries by engineers who have learned to emulate the sophisticated solutions Mother Nature has created for managing complex behavior, Grafton also demonstrates the relevance of physical intelligence with examples that each of us might face—whether the situation is mundane, exceptional, extreme, or compromised.
Jan 07, 2020
288 Pages

Running While Black
Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn't Built for Us

Running While Black draws on Alison Désir’s experience as an endurance athlete, activist, and mental health advocate to explore why the seemingly simple, human act of long distance running for exercise and health has never been truly open to Black people.

$27.00 US
Oct 18, 2022
288 Pages

Built to Move
The Ten Essential Habits to Help You Move Freely and Live Fully
The innovators behind The Ready State and the movement bible Becoming a Supple Leopard present 10 practices proven to enhance mobility, make you feel energetic and alive, and, like a good 401(K), prepare your body for whatever comes its way in the future.
$28.00 US
Apr 04, 2023
336 Pages

One Life
Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality.
$18.00 US
Sep 07, 2021
240 Pages
Penguin Books