Focus on Your Resolutions with These Motivational Titles
Jumpstart your journey to the new you through these exercise and meditation audiobooks
Many of us begin the new year with our goals in mind. We promise ourselves that we will become healthier by spending more time on self-care and less time focusing on the things that bring unwanted stress. However, as the days following the first of the year quickly pile on, it becomes increasingly clear how difficult it can be to remain on top of the resolutions that we have set.
New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on self-improvement. Even with all the perfect plans and best intentions, it can sometimes be a real challenge to stay dedicated. As the sparkle of the holidays fade and our daily lives return to our new normal, we may find ourselves wishing for a little extra boost.
Hearing reassuring words feels better than reading them. When you hear affirmations like, ‘everything is okay’ or ‘you can do it,’ you’re more likely to believe these words than if you came across them on a page. Listening to inspirational audio that focuses on self-care is one of the easiest ways to reconnect with a healthier you. Below, you’ll find a list of bestselling titles on meditation and exercise routines that you can do at home to help spark the drive you need to achieve your goals.
Can you imagine the mental and physical toughness it takes to swim all the way around Great Britain? Well, Ross Edgley discovered the secret to swimming long distance and broke multiple world records in the process. Losing parts of his tongue to the journey, Edgley may be one of the best people to discuss how to demonstrate incredible persistence through overwhelming adversity.
In his sophomore effort, The Art of Resilience, the British adventurer and ultra-marathon sea swimmer chronicles his experience of swimming a grueling 1,780 miles in the often unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea. Through his recollection of this amazing feat and the study of fellow extreme athletes, fitness specialists and psychologists, Edgley uncovers the secrets of mental fitness to really show us what the human body is capable of. With lessons on staying calm and maintaining a positive mindset through hardships, this book undoubtedly holds the blueprint for becoming the kind of resilient human being that can conquer any challenge.
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Achieving any new goal is all about taking the first step. If becoming a runner is something you have in mind, just as you had to learn to crawl before you could walk, learning how to walk before you run is the best way to build the physical stamina and mental strength necessary for taking on long distances like a pro.
Offering access to high-quality audio recordings of thousands of guided workout classes, Aaptiv is a perfect place to start your new exercise regimen. With the fitness app’s Walk to Run One Mile, certified personal trainer and fitness industry veteran Jaime McFaden guides you through a four-week program that incorporates outdoor running, treadmill and strength training, as well as stretching techniques meant to help you achieve your running dreams. With this book, you will be transformed into the runner you’ve always admired, and it’ll only take 20 classes of 25 minutes or less.
Let’s face it - we’re not all built to love running. It may be a great way to get in much needed exercise in a short amount of time, but there are plenty of other ways for us to sweat. The Canadian government suggests its citizens partake in at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week to achieve health benefits, which indicates how important it is to make time for movement no matter where you are.
With Quick Home Workouts, Rachel Stevens has curated a six-pack program of 15-minute workout routines specifically designed to fit into your busy schedule. Comprehensive enough for experts and easy enough for beginners, this book will help you burn fat quickly without taking up too much of your time. Also including a free bonus rep-counter to make it easier for you to track your progress, you’ll quickly discover why these workouts can help anybody feel their best in just 21 days. For more help with your workout goals, be sure to check out exercise and fitness audiobooks written by the best in the industry.
Gaining a greater awareness of our own thoughts is key for self-improvement. However, finding the time to slow down and listen to those thoughts in today’s fast-paced world can be a bit overwhelming. Strengthening the muscles needed to practice patience and silence our nagging egos once and for all takes training. In Aaptiv’s 21 Days of Meditation, you’ll be introduced to 21 guided meditation classes led by tenured yoga and meditation teacher Jess Ray. Focusing on a variety of meditative and spiritual practices and techniques, this book will help you take control of your mind and focus on the internal growth necessary for living the healthy life you were always meant to live.
After falling short of his family’s expectations, Jay Shetty skipped out on his college graduation ceremony to move to India and become a monk. Not satisfied with the life he was meant to lead as a doctor, lawyer or ‘failure’, as his parents put it, Shetty took an oath to devote that life to others. After three years spent immersed in an ancient lifestyle, Shetty took those experiences and transformed them into meaningful coaching tools for his high-powered school friends suffering from the stress of their corporate careers.
In Think Like a Monk, Shetty draws on his time spent as a monk in order to inspire and empower his readers to clear the roadblocks to their potential and ultimate power. In this book, you’ll receive spot-on advice derived from the abstract lessons Shetty himself learned as a monk coupled with exercises to help reduce stress, create calmness and overcome negativity. These practical steps distilled from timeless wisdom are more than enough to help anyone live a meaningful life filled with love and effortless productivity.
You can find more inspiring advice for maintaining a clear mind through our extensive library of audiobooks focused on mental health.
Imagine how transformative it would be to set aside time every day to improve your mood and fight fatigue. With Aaptiv’s Everyday Meditation, you’ll soon find out how much your life can change when you take just 20 minutes to use your breath to relax every muscle in your body. Led by certified meditation and yoga expert Ceasar F. Barajas, this book will help you complete four weeks of meditative practices centered around breath work, visualization and mindfulness techniques to build your stamina for creating lasting stillness.
With all the things we might be trying to accomplish in the new year, sleep should never fall by the wayside. In fact, it’s those precious moments between wakefulness that make all the difference in how resilient and alert we may be while we work to better ourselves. With the help of the Audible Original Podcast Meditations, listeners are guided by leading experts and personalities in wellness to decompress before bed and have the relaxing sleep they need to fully recover from chasing their dreams in the daylight.
Resolutions don’t have to be daunting, but they do take time, energy and a dedication to the cause. With the above titles on your side, taking on some of your biggest challenges should feel a little easier. As you exercise your body toward new ways of thinking and moving this year, you’ll come to realize how much of a difference it makes to possess all the fuel you’ll need inside to power through.
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