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New Year, New You — New Body!

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Welcome to 2022! With a new year, many people make “New Year’s Resolutions.” If you have made a resolution to improve your health through diet and exercise, well, the library has online resources to help you meet that goal. 

A one-stop resource for all your fitness and diet choices is Hoopla. This streaming resource, which works on smartphones, tablets, computers and smart TVs, has everything from exercise music and videos to diet cookbooks. Plus, after doing a lot fitness or having a stressful workday, there are many choices to teach you meditation and mindfulness.  Check out the many categories filled with titles to choose which you can find by browsing through Hoopla’s formats: 

Audiobooks Genres & Collections:  

Ebooks Genres & Collections: 

    • Cooking – Looking for cookbooks and recipes, Hoopla has over 9,200 titles! To narrow down the list, there are many subcategories to choose from:

Hoopla eBooks cooking sub-categories screenshot

  • Health & Fitness – Another huge category of with over 11,500 titles grouped together! As with Cooking, there are a wide variety of subcategories to choose from in order to narrow your choices down to an easier browsing list:

Hoopla eBooks Health and Fitness sub-categories screenshot

  • Some great subcategories to choose from with a goal to a new, healthier you would be:
  • Diet & Nutrition – With over 2,700 titles to browse through, this subcategory of Health & Fitness has its own subtopics to help narrow the list further:

Hoopla eBooks Health and Fitness sub-category Diet and Nutrition sub-sub-categories screenshot

  • Exercise – You will find over 740 titles to choose from here, or you can choose more specific types of exercise: Aerobics, Aquatic, Dance, or Pilates.
  • Tai Chi – find 40 ebooks on various forms of Tai Chi!
  • Yoga – With over 560 titles to check out, you will find a wide variety of types of yoga to tryout.

Movies Genres & Collections: 

  • Health & Fitness – This movie category with over 170 titles can be narrowed down to the subcategories of either Fitness or Health.  And some of the subcategories include additional subtopics, even!

Hoopla movies Health and Fitness subcategories for both Fitness and Health Screenshots combined



TV categories: 

Music categories: 

  • Fitness & Workout – Just looking for soundtracks to do your own exercising, well Hoopla has 274 albums to choose from right here!
  • Meditation & Mindfulness – Here you will find 95 soundtracks to listen to while you work on your meditations and mindfulness skills.
  • Running Music – listen to some tunes to keep your speed up as your run!
  • Workout Beats – find 74 choices here for boxing, cardio, Pilates and other types of workouts.
  • Yoga Music – And we end the Hoopla portion of this blog with 75 Yoga albums for the many fans of yoga out there!

Another great digital resource is OverDrive.  Here you can locate even more audiobooks and ebooks to help you in working toward a new and improved healthier body.  Check out these nonfiction subject areas: 

Cooking & Food – There are over 700 titles to choose from for those interested in locating cookbooks and learning more about food in general.

Health & Fitness – With over 800 titles to view, you will find all sorts of titles covering diet and nutrition through exercising, plus many books on various health issues.

Plus, OverDrive has a special collection, Eat Fit, which provides a selection of 40 titles to easily browse through to help you on your New Year’s goal of a healthier body.

Looking for magazines on fitness and nutrition, try out Flipster  .  There are magazines to browse under the categories of:

Fitness & Health has 10 magazines to choose:

  • Better Nutrition
  • Clean Eating
  • Consumer Reports on Health
  • Diabetic Living
  • Eating Well
  • Health
  • Men’s Health
  • Prevention
  • Runner’s World
  • Women’s Health

and Food & Cooking has 12 magazines:

  • AllRecipes
  • Better Nutrition
  • Bon Appetit
  • Clean Eating
  • Diabetic Living
  • Eating Well
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Pioneer Woman Magazine
  • Taste of Home
  • Woman’s Day
  • Woman’s World

In all, there are 18 magazines in Flipster related in some way to fitness and health which may help you on your way to a healthier you this year!

Another resource with access to healthy magazines is Consumer Health Complete. As you can see from the screenshot below, you can browse articles from American Fitness and Yoga Journal.  In addition, you can search for relevant information in the topic of Food, Nutrition & Exercise.

Consumer Health Complete screenshot

Want to learn even more about fitness and nutrition? The library also has educational online courses you can take for free with your library card!

UniversalClass has lots of health courses available in their course catalog under Alternative Medicine (over 40 online courses), Health & Medicine (over 45 online course), and Personal Development (over 45 online courses).  By browsing the catalog using the following keyword searches: “Exercise,” “Nutrition,” “Cooking,” and “Yoga,” you will find these courses to choose from:

UniversalClass combined screenshot Exercise Nutrition Cooking Yoga courses

LinkedIn Learning, while known more for business, computer/technology skill, and creativity courses, also has some healthy video-based courses:

  • 21-Day Creative Exercise Desk Challenge – are you up for this challenge!
  • Computer and Text Neck Stretching Exercises – great for those who spend hours on computers, tablets & smartphones as part of their workday.
  • Chair Work: Yoga Fitness and Stretching at Your Desk – a useful course for the many of us working long days at a sit-down job.
  • Mindful Meditations for Work and Life – techniques to help improve health and reduce stress.
  • Recharge Your Energy for Peak Performance – a course covering the needs of healthy sleep habits and nutrition to do well throughout your work day.
  • The Six Morning Habits of High Performers – healthy everyday habits to start your day.

I hope you’ll find these many library online resources – FREE for all library cardholders – helpful on your journey to a new, healthier you in 2022! 

Happy New Year!

Sara Churchill

Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Specialist and Assistant Supervisor in the Information Services Department at Main Library. A major fan of technology devices and computer research resources at work, she enjoys helping everyone learn to use their devices and the library's many online resources.  She loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others).  Also, she’s a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies.  Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for PLYMC library cardholders to use.