FitGift Holiday Guide: Rest Day Reads

Rest days are just as important as getting in your workout, but for fitness fans who are used to moving a lot it’s often hard to sit still. So, I pulled together some ideas on things you can read that are still sports and fitness related on those days when you’re supposed to letting your body recuperate but your brain wants to be in constant motion.

1. Payback Time by Carl Deuker

Young Adult Fiction is a genre that continues to offer compelling stories that adults can also enjoy and Payback Time is great for women and men alike. I really enjoyed this book because it offered a suspenseful thriller in the world of competitive high school athletics. It was a fast read because I could clearly see these characters in my head and I wanted them to succeed. Not only that but the storyline, and the final result, pushed the limits while staying completely plausible.

2. Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seely

While I haven’t yet read Scene of the Climb (A Pacific Northwest Mystery) the sass in the title alone peaked my interest. The book title has remained on my “to read” list because there are very few mystery books that incorporate the outdoors and hiking and, should I make my way to the NW for some outdoor escapades, it includes an Adventure Guide.

3. Racing Wisely by Sage Roundtree

What the Racing Wisely team wants you to know:

Racing Wisely is a great way to channel the mental and emotional aspects of racing your best at a philosophical level…and it is a must-read for any woman looking to take part in a race or event to push her fitness to new levels.”

Read detailed reviews from the coaches at KR Endurance here: Coach Kristie and Coach Rebecca’s reviews coming soon!

4. Caveman North Pole Cookies

What Caveman Cookies wants you to know:

“The Caveman Bakery’s new holiday variety of paleo cookies, North Pole, is made with the festive flavors of chocolate and peppermint.  Combining simple ingredients like honey, nuts, coconut, and cacao, North Pole Caveman Cookies are healthy treats that embrace the back-to-basics principles of our Paleolithic ancestors.  Like other cookie varieties made by the Caveman Bakery, this seasonal flavor is all-natural, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free, sodium-free, chewy and delicious!”

Why Words to Sweat by recommends Caveman Cookies:

It’s always great to be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with something that is wholesome in its process and ingredients. North Pole Caveman Cookies are the perfect holiday treat because of the rich flavors that, in a matter of a cookie (or two!) leave your stomach and your sweet tooth satiated without overdoing it.

Read my detailed review here: Coming soon!

5. Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear

What Georgie Fear wants you to know:

Racing Weight Cookbook delivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes for athletes that will help you hit your ideal weight without compromising your performance.

Whatever your training demands, Racing Weight meals make it simple to dial in the right mix of carbs, fat, and protein and satisfy your appetite. Put high-quality, well-balanced meals on your table in as little as 15 minutes with time-saving tips for food preparation and grocery shopping.”

Find samples recipes from the Racing Weight Cookbook here: Coming soon!

6. Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea

What Good Earth tea wants you to know:

“We’re Good Earth and we make tea. But we don’t just stick to the ordinary stuff. We seek out the exotic. The unexpected. The moments where you can really let loose. Because that’s what tea should do. And so that’s how we make it.

We’ve been at this for 40+ years, planting our roots in the 1970s with our Sweet & Spicy® which went from a local favorite to a country-wide “tell my friends but don’t take mine” tea. Good Earth now has teas that span all sorts of tea varietals, herbs, botanicals and flavors … naturally good things carefully chosen and masterfully blended together for a one-of-a-kind taste experience.”

Why Words to Sweat by recommends Good Earth Tea:

I have been a fan of Good Earth for years – in fact, I still had a handful of caffeine-free Sweet and Spicy tea bags with the old branding in my cabinet when Good Earth Tea kindly sent me some additional samples with the new look.  I am regularly asked “what smells so good?” when steeping a tea bag of Sweet and Spicy tea in the kitchen. Who knew tea could be soothing and invigorating at the same time.?

As a lover of orange and cinnamon, as well as a firm believer in the benefits of red Rooibos, Sweet and Spicy tea is one of my favorites and I’m excited to try even more of the new Good Earth tea fusions in order to add them to my list.

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