Five Things Friday & “Drop Dead Healthy” book review

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First, I’ve got some recent finds online with you guys.

1. I found an awesome website, Nutritionix, that has a lot of restaurant nutritional facts calculators so that you are able to calculate how much your meal was, especially when you get something from a custom-built meal place, such as Subway or Chipotle.

2. Women should not use heavy weights when training obliques if their ideal shape they want to accomplish is an hourglass shape. Flavia Del Monte talked about the proper way to train your obliques if you’re a woman, you should only use bodyweight or light weights. I didn’t know that!

3. Fitnessista talked about how she deals with post-workout hair – something that has been annoying me for a long time because I work out in the mornings or afternoons and then end up just keeping my hair in a ponytail because I don’t have enough time to style my hair and I don’t wash my hair every day. There are a lot of good tips from comments on the bottom of the post too.

4. Greatist posted a cool guide with 25 must-try medicine ball exercises which is awesome because I’ve been meaning to add some extra exercises into my routine; why not with a medicine ball?

The post will end with a book review:

I finally finished reading the book Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs! I absolutely loved it. Here’s a description from Amazon:

“Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.

The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.

The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.”

I’ve read a lot of health books, well, attempted to anyway. I’ve started a lot of them, I can’t say I finished most of them. While I enjoy reading about health and related topics, I tend to get bored eventually and don’t finish. I mean how much longer can I read about one thing? Those books are usually written in an educational and almost monotone voice, which makes reading it that much less exciting. Enter Jacob’s book. He is witty, smart, and hilarious. He covers every part of the body in his book, instead of going into super depths that wouldn’t be able to hold my attention. I’ve learned a heck of a lot about health and different studies that have been done. It’s amazing that he actually went ahead and applied so many theories and health/fitness/food related tips to his own life so wholeheartedly. It’s stunning. Not only was he dedicated and honest, he was downright hilarious with his humor making me chuckle the whole time I was reading it (people looked at me weird… I did read most of the book while on the elliptical, A.J would be proud!).

I give this book a 5/5 stars rating. It’s perfect for anyone interested in health, but also anyone that likes a good laugh. I’m sure A.J’s writing style will be able to capture a much wider audience than just the health-curious/conscious. Much recommended!


Last Updated on March 27, 2019

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  1. I definitely did not know that about obliques! interesting. This book definitely sounds funny and worth checking out from all the buzz I hear.. i am glad you liked it! ugh I hate post work out hair.. it sucks.. especially after zumba because my hair gets so drenched!!

    • I know right , I had no idea either but it makes sense! & man, I always end up wearing my hair up after I work out because of the crease in the hair and whatnot, it’s so annoying. I’m doing my weekly Zumba tomorrow and I’m so excited 🙂 Good thing it’s at 1p so I’ll have enough time to look presentable afterwards haha 🙂

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