A wellness bibliography

Giovanni Rosell with “Brain Games” host Jason Silva. Courtesy National Geographic Channel.

I’m often asked from both fitness professionals and enthusiasts alike about my recommendations for books, shows, documentaries and apps regarding the health and fitness industry.  Below are some of my top picks:

TV Show — “Brain Games,” National Geographic Channel 

I may be a little bit biased since I have appeared on several episodes. However, it was my exposure to this show that made me realize just how educational the program is.  This Emmy Award-nominated series is something that both children and adults can enjoy, appreciate and learn from.  

Your brain is an incredibly powerful and efficient supercomputer that helps you make sense out of the world. Host Jason Silva reveals how brains process information related to topics like stress, addiction, competition, food, trust and language. It is full of interactive illusions, games, challenges and hidden-camera experiments that capture hilarious and shocking results, showcasing the extraordinary way we see, process and think about the world around us.  Viewers get
real-world takeaways to use in everyday situations such as how to improve memory, get a better night’s sleep, and make more money.

Book — ‘Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind’ by Dr. Jeffrey Morrison

This New York City holistic doctor may sound familiar, as I have featured him in past WAG magazine columns.  Several years ago he wrote this book, which provides solutions to allergies, fatigue, stomach pains, headaches, eczema, asthma, joint stiffness and mood swings.  

He explains exactly how modern life has turned toxic. The average person accumulates more than 700 harmful chemicals in his or her body, making us obese, sick and tired. This book provides a safe, simple solution that starts to bring results in as little as 10 days.

Debunking the myth that you have to drink odd concoctions or eat weird food to jump-start your body’s natural detoxification, the clinically proven plan in this book eases symptoms from some of the most common chronic ailments that I have listed above.  Even better, the suggestions and recommendations do not require you to restrict your diet or lifestyle.

Complete with a symptom-specific quiz that helps target specific areas for improvement, Morrison’s customizable program is designed to help you reverse the symptoms of toxicity, drop excess weight and keep your body healthy.

App — Institute Of Motion — ViPR Pro

This is more of a recommendation for my fellow fitness coaches and community.  There is an endless amount of apps available today, all bidding for our attention, but this is a must for anyone who teaches or instructs fitness training.  

Most fitness apps will provide general bodyweight exercises.  This app provides educational lessons, exercises and the explanation behind it, as well as best-cueing techniques for these particular exercises.  They use several different educators and consultants, all with amazing amounts of knowledge and experience to share.  To go along with this, they always find a way to take deep, scientific topics and describe them in a way for everyone to understand.  

The educators also provide you with another channel in their app that revolves around one of the best pieces of fitness equipment in the world today — ViPR Pro.  This versatile tool helps keep the body resilient while offering conditioning, flexibility and strength all in one.  You can take a mobile certification course complete with continuing education credits and receive video footage of more than 100 exercises.  

Do Your Homework

There are obviously many more recommendations that I can make, so please feel free to send me a message for anything specific that you may be looking for.  

Always do your research, especially before committing to something that has a price tag on it, and, as the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true then it just might be.

I get emails and private messages every day throughout my social media, giving me information about the next best product, supplement, technique, etc. In the end, the basics still work. Lastly, be weary of those who promote “It’s my way or the highway.”  There are many ways to keep your body healthy and strong. You just need to find the right formula for you.  

Reach Giovanni on Twitter @GiovanniRoselli and at his website, GiovanniRoselli.com.

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