You don’t need much gear to get started and you can do it any time you like, virtually anywhere you are – it’s no wonder jogging is one of the most popular physical activities. And with health benefits ranging from building immune defence and stronger bones to weight-loss and increased life-expectancy, it’s a good thing that more than 8% of Australians regularly don their trainers to get fit and burn calories. Here are a handful of books by enthusiasts and experts offering tips and meditations on why running is the best way forward.
The first, fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer.
Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this book will make you want to put on your trainers.
The incredible true story of the author's remarkable transformation, at the age of 40, from out-of-shape average Joe into one of the world's best endurance athletes
Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running's Everest, once seen as impossible. But now we can glimpse the mountain-top.
Moving, honest and inspirational - from childhood to double Olympic gold
The true and heartbreaking story of a man the world came to know as The Ghost Runner
A book as much about fathers and sons as it is about an emotionally driven obsession with running
A unique fitness program from a highly respected spiritual leader that blends physical and spiritual practice for everyone - regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability - to great benefits for both body and soul.
The captivating story of the country's greatest ever endurance runners, tragically unapplauded by 1920s Britain
Informative and accessible, The New Rules of Running is simply a must for all runners, whether they are serious marathoners or simply running for health, longevity, and happiness.
80/20 Running promotes a message that all runners—as well as cyclists, triathletes, and even weight-loss seekers—can embrace: Get better results by making the majority of your workouts easier.
In The Running Revolution, two-time Olympic coach Dr. Nicholas Romanov provides both beginning and experienced runners with the crucial knowledge they need to develop a better stride that will improve performance and minimize wear and tear on the body.
From the award-winning author of running classic Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith makes a passionate and inspiring case for runners to get back to nature.
Told with honesty and humor, Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible.
In the tradition of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation by way of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, this is the inspirational true story of the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-renowned runner, then found his calling as director of a world-renowned African children’s charity.
The inspirational story of athlete Jo Pavey, the runner and mum who ran at a record-breaking fifth Olympic Games at Rio 2016.
A meditation on running, nature and the pursuit of freedom in the modern world.
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.