If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that aside from eating whole plant foods, I’m big on getting people in sedentary desk jobs out of their chairs and moving more than they normally do. There are a multitude of studies showing just how dangerous constant sitting is irrespective of diet and exercise, and it’s incredibly important to counteract the dangerous effects of sedentary life by moving your body throughout the day. When Lani Muelrath sent me her book “Fit Quickies,” I found it to be an incredibly useful book for counteracting the sedentary lifestyle even if I don’t necessarily seem like the target demographic on first glance of the cover. Bottom line: this book is useful for EVERYONE. (And no, it’s not a book about very fit people having “quickies” in public, as much as you’d like it to be.)
Lani is incredibly knowledgeable about fitness and demonstrates it in this book without getting too complicated. One of the things I love about her “fit quickie fundamentals” is that she emphasizes good positioning and anatomical alignment. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people in the gym working extremely hard but doing exercises completely wrong and with horrible body positioning. Not only is that kind of exercise not effective, it can lead to serious imbalances and injury down the road. It’s something I have to continually remind myself of and struggle with constantly, so I loved reading Lani’s take on the subject.
As I write this post, as with any I write, I’m constantly getting up, moving around, doing a squat or a pushup or two, just so I don’t end up sitting down for too long a time. Sometimes they end up turning into mini 5-minute workouts. Lani’s book is really all about those moments – short workouts you can do, even if you don’t have 30+ minutes to set aside at once in the day. So, if you find yourself too busy to work out, this book is the perfect solution for you. Anyone can find time to get fit – just break it up in to smaller sections throughout the day and you’ll get it all done.
There’s also a pretty big section of the book about nutrition, and Lani’s plant-based prescription is right in line with mine. I like that she relates her own personal story of struggles with weight and finally finding a solution to it all: getting in touch with your body’s true hunger signals and eating quality food. One of my favorite parts of the nutrition is her “big plate” rule – filling yourself up on lots of high-quality, nutrient-dense foods – veggies, starches, fruit, beans, nuts, and seeds. Enough with the small plates and portion control already – that only leads to more hunger cravings and yo-yo dieting. Big plates are the way to go.
Not to be forgotten, Lani talks about mindset and mental approach in her book too. I’m glad she did, because I think any nutrition, fitness, or general health book is incomplete without it. It takes a holistic approach to get healthy, and simply focusing on one aspect of health – food, fitness, or your mind – is simply not going to cut it.
Get the gist of it? Go and pick up a copy of Lani’s book. The cover may make it look like it’s an exercise book for soccer moms, but it’s really an incredibly useful book for just about everyone.