While exercise and fitness books can be helpful, they can also be exceedingly mean to those who want to read them. Whether it is a condescending tone, rude insinuations about your lifestyle, unrealistic expectations for the reader, or just plain making the reader feel bad about themselves, these books can be a huge turn off and demoralizing for anyone looking to start their fitness journey. Thankfully, not all fitness and health books fit this mold. Below you can find a list of some great fitness books written by authors who are more concerned with helping you take care of yourself, rather than authors who are concerned with making your concerned about how you look. The last three books on this list are fantastic books that confront the disinformation, fad diets and exercises, and shotty data that is widespread within the pages of health and wellness books. It is my hope that the books on this list will be validating and encouraging.