I just finished reading Aerobics by Dr. Kenneth Cooper. Some people call him the father of the modern fitness craze. What amazed me most about this book was the fact it was written back in 1968, 45 years ago. They were even dealing with obesity, diabetes and heart disease back then.
One of the most interesting things he mentioned was the rise of people becoming less active and sitting for many hours during the day. At the time, daily life was becoming more automated because of the microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and other household devices. Compare that to today and see how much more inactive we are due to computers, TV, Facebook and iPhones.
Of course I viewed this book in a most favorable way due to the fact he finds running as the best exercise to lose weight and strengthen your heart. One of the things I took away from this book was how stress affects your health and heart. I used to allow little things to get to me and I would always be in a rushed mode. I have slowed down a lot, allowing myself a minute to evaluate what I am feeling and why, before reacting to the given situation. This process has helped me to become more calm and patient. My wife has even told me that I seem so much more relaxed!
Overall, this book is an excellent read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in health and fitness.