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Mateo, Ashley. “PUSH THE LIMIT”. Women’s Health, (May 2020). 

Andersen, Mary. “Tap the Outside Advantage: Heading into nature will benefit your body in ways that will surprise you, from bigger strength to better sleep”. Shape, (Oct 2020). 

“Why it could be dangerous to exercise with a face mask on”. Down to Earth, (June 2020). 

“Leg stretching may improve blood flow and prevent strokes”. Harvard Men’s Health Watch, (Oct 2020). 

Bliss, Marion Rosalie.“Low protein + low exercise = sarcopenia”. Agricultural Research, Vol.53, Issue 5, (May 2020) 

O’Connor, Niall. “Shape up with this exercise program: You don't need a lot of equipment to enjoy quality workout at home”. Handball, (Aug 2020). 

“Exercise before menopause is important to optimize health in later years”. Women’s Health Weekly, (Oct 2020). 

Go Outside and Play: Going green with your exercise routine can be as good as or better than indoor exercise. Healthy Years, (July 2020). 

“Why Exercise Improves Memory”. Better Nutrition, (Aug 2020). 

LeWine, Howard. “How can I treat painful night leg cramps?”. Harvard Men's Health Watch, (July 2020). 


Aschwanden, C. (2020). Good to go: what the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery.  New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Acclaimed science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the latest science on sports and fitness recovery. She investigates claims about sports drinks, chocolate milk, and “recovery” beer; examines the latest recovery trends; and even tests some for herself, including cryotherapy, foam rolling, and Tom Brady–endorsed infrared pajamas. Good to Go seeks an answer to the question: Do any of these things actually help the body recover and achieve peak performance?
Available as e-book

Brooks, A. (2020). Run to the finish: the everyday runner’s guide to avoiding injury, ignoring the clock, and loving the run.  New York: Go / Hatchette Books.
In her first book, popular runner blogger Amanda Brooks lays out the path to finding greater fulfillment in running for those who consider themselves "middle of the pack runners" -- they're not trying to win Boston (or even qualify for Boston); they just want to get strong and stay injury-free so they can continue to enjoy running. Run to the Finish is not your typical running book. While it is filled with useful strategic training advice throughout, at its core, it is about embracing your place in the middle of the pack with humor and learning to love the run you've got without comparing yourself to other runners.
Available as e-book

Clark, N. (2020) Nancy Clark’s sports nutrition guidebook. Newton, MA : Sports Nutrition Services, LLC
Everyday eating for active people. Building a high-energy eating plan -- Eating to stay healthy for the long run.
Available as e-book

Foreman, J. (2020). Exercise is medicine : how physical activity boosts health and slows aging. New York, NY : Oxford University Press.
Aging, despite its dismal reputation, is actually one of the great mysteries of the universe. Why don't we just reproduce, then exit fast, like salmon? Could aging just be one big evolutionary accident? Is senescence, the gradual falling apart of our bodies, at least partially avoidable? Can we extend the healthy lifespan and reduce the lingering, debilitating effects of senescence
Available as e-book

Kenney, W.L. (2020) Physiology of sport and exercise. Muncia, IN: Human Kinetics
Structure and function exercising muscle -- Fuel for exercise : bioenergetics and muscle metabolism -- Neural control of exercising muscle -- Hormonal control during exercise -- Energy expenditure, fatigue, and muscle soreness -- The cardiovascular system and its control -- The respiratory system and its regulation

Klion, M., & Cane, J. (2020). Triathlon anatomy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
This guide includes exercises for running, cycling, and swimming, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the primary muscles in action. The second edition helps the reader understand how each exercise strengthens specific muscles for improved performance and efficiency when running, cycling, or swimming. This guide shows how to modify exercises to target specific areas, reduce muscle tension, and minimize common injuries. The Triathlon Focus feature draws a correct comparison to the exercise and how it translates into performance in each sport.

Larson-Meyer, D.E. (2020). Plant-based sports nutrition : expert fueling strategies for training, recovery, and performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Gaining the plant-based advantage -- Getting adequate calories from a plant-based diet -- Finding the right carbohydrate mix -- Choosing smart fat over no fat -- Building muscle without meat -- Optimizing bone health -- Boosting iron intake and absorption -- Breaking free of multivitamin dependence -- Prioritizing food and fluids before, during, and after events -- Choosing whether to supplement -- Reducing muscle cramps and inflammation -- Creating a customized meal plan -- Adapting the plan to manage weight -- Whipping up quick plant-based meals and snacks -- Recipes.

Napier, C. (2020). Science of running: analyze your technique, prevent injury, revolutionize your training. n.p.: DK Publishing.
Discover the hard science that will help you run faster, endure for longer, and avoid injury. Analyze your running style and learn how to enhance your gait for optimum efficiency and safety. Transform your performance with exercises targeting strength, flexibility, and recovery - each exercise annotated to reveal the muscle mechanics so you know you're getting it right.
Available as an e-book

Rye, T.  (2020). Train happy : an intuitive exercise plan for every body. London: Pavilion. 
Broadcaster and personal trainer Tally Rye is on a mission to change the way we think about exercise. Gone are the days of restricted eating programs and high-intensity training programs that are unsustainable in the long term. Tally's approach is a straightforward pass to feeling happy in your health plan and staying motivated. This is about being your personal best and not competing with anyone else, and it is reinforced with supporting endorsements from the best body-confidence influencers.

Additional Books

Alexander, Aaron. The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2019. 272 p. 9781538716144 (hardcover.) 9781538716151 (e-book.) $28.00.
The author, a manual therapist and fitness coach, demonstrates how the individual can, through improved posture and body alignment, adjust mood, relieve pain, build strength, and attain peak performance. The five principles of movement incorporated in the Align Method are floor sitting, hanging, hip hinging, walking, and nose breathing. The book also describes ways to modify your environment in order to increase and improve your body’s movement. Includes index and citations to references in text. Written for a general audience.

Everyday Sports Injuries: The Essential Step-By-Step Guide to Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment. New York: DK Publishing, 2019. 272 p. 9781465480552 (hardcover.) $24.99.
A handbook detailing the wide range of sports injuries, including how to diagnose, treat, and prevent them. The first section describes recovery from the injury, which may include medical treatment given by a consulting specialist, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and alternative therapies. The second section identifies each sport in conjunction with the area of the body most susceptible to injury, and the best medical and physical therapy treatments for each. The third section provides first aid information and exercises for improving mobility, strength-training, and proprioception. There are clear anatomical diagrams and full-color, step-by-step exercise illustrations throughout the book. A team of medical experts contributed to the book; an index and glossary are provided. Written for general and professional audiences.   

Moonaz, Dr. Steffany and Erin Byron. Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A Whole-Person Approach to Movement and Lifestyle. London: Singing Dragon, 2019. 328 p. 9781848193451. $35.00.
More than just yoga routines to relieve pain and improve movement, this guide employs a whole-person methodology using both physical and mental exercises to incorporate the five koshas of yoga – physical, energetic, mental/emotional, wisdom, and spiritual. All exercises are accompanied by black and white photos. A list of resources, and endnotes referring to journal articles mentioned in each chapter, are provided. Written for yoga teachers and medical professionals.

Orr, Amy. Taming Chronic Pain: A Management Guide for a More Enjoyable Life. Coral Gables, FL: Mango Publishing Group, 2019. 208 p. 9781642500370. $15.39.
The text is divided into three sections: 1. The Basics of Pain – includes a chapter on the benefits of exercise and the most beneficial exercise types; 2. Mind and Mood; 3. Tools and Therapies – includes information on simple meditation practices. Not indexed; has a table of contents; includes a brief bibliography. Written for a general audience.

Even More Books

Achar, S. A. (2020). 5-minute sports medicine consult premium. Wolters Kluwer Medical.

American College of Sports Medicine. (2020). ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 

Brukner, P. (2019). Brukner and Khan’s clinical sports medicine: Medicine of exercise. McGraw Hill.

Ehrman, J.K. (2019). Clinical exercise physiology. Human Kinetics

McGinnis, P. M. (2020). Biomechanics of sports and exercise. Human Kinetics

McGonigal, K. (2019). The Joy of Movement: How exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage. Penguin.

Murray, R. (2020). Practical guide to exercise physiology. Human Kinetics

Xiao, J. (2020). Physical exercise for human health. Springer.

Support Groups

Professional Organizational Links


American Society of Exercise Physiologists


New York Health Careers- Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists


  1. Contact Physical Therapy offices in your area for virtual or in-person group meetings.

  2. Ask your Primary Doctor for possible support groups.

  3. Contact colleges and universities for trainers and possible support groups 

in-person and or virtually and or contact orthopedic offices for support groups.

  1. Contact water therapy establishments in your area for group or virtual meetings.                     

  2. Review exercise magazines in the library and video clips and groups virtually. 

  3. Review periodicals on nutrition also, check online versions that may offer advice and expertise.

  4. Positive attitudes might be helpful in finding your support group.