Required Reads


In the third book by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You (Grand Central Life & Style, $30), the inspirational figure reveals how she maintains her incredible physique. Hint: It’s not just pliés. Copeland’s mind-body approach includes meditation, a pescatarian diet, and lengthening and strengthening ballet movements that can be practiced while lying on the floor.Nutrition 

Avocado lovers, rejoice: The bible of healthy fats has arrived. Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy (Hay House, $28) by Dr. Joseph Mercola puts the fear of fat to rest through research that breaks down the science of nutrition on a mitochondrial level, while also illustrating how turning your body into a fat-burning machine can improve your health.


We’ve all experienced pre-performance jitters, but are we all also capable of channeling that energy into rising to the occasion? According to Harvard Business Review editor Daniel McGinn, the answer is yes. In Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed (Portfolio, $26), McGinn combines innovative psychological research with stories from elite athletes, soldiers, celebrities, and high achievers to show how mental preparation can yield transformative outcomes.

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