Library Column: Let the Library Help You With New Years Resolutions – The Vicksburg Post


This column was submitted by Evangeline Cessna, Local History Librarian at the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library.

This week’s column features new non-fiction for adults to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Neila Rey’s book is called “100 Workouts Without Equipment”. If you want to stay active, get in shape, build muscle tone, and / or lose weight without purchasing additional equipment for your home, this book is for you. You won’t have to worry about using the right equipment, the right workout clothes, finding a gym, or finding space or time to exercise. There is also no concern for the gym culture. You will find a routine that works for you regardless of your fitness level. Different workouts will ensure that your muscles don’t get used to the same diet, giving you more feedback and helping you stay active and not get bored with the same routine. It is not necessary to go through the whole book; you can choose the workouts you like the most or select one at random and make it your workout of the day. For best results, you want to do 3 to 4 workouts per week.

“Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” is by Brene Brown. If your goal is to improve your relationships over the next year or so, then this book may be for you. Brene Brown maps out the skills needed and an actionable framework for a meaningful connection. She teaches the language and the tools to access a world of new choices and second chances. Through her two decades of in-depth research into the experiences that make us who we are and how this has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be brave in our lives. Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear getting lost.”

“5 Minute Core Exercises for Seniors: Daily Routines to Establish Balance and Build Self-Confidence” is by Cindy Brehse. Having a strong core can improve mobility, reduce pain, prevent falls, and boost self-confidence in everyday life. This book makes it easy to integrate daily exercise for seniors – or anyone really – with a list of forty individual movements and twenty-five quick routines to strengthen major core muscles. You’ll learn about the muscle groups that make up your core, the benefits of keeping them strong, the importance of breathing and stretching, and the latest science behind exercise. Discover a range of seated, standing, mat and weight exercises that mimic everyday movements and do not require special equipment. There are tips and illustrations for engaging the right muscles and preventing injury, as well as tips for increasing or decreasing the intensity of each movement to meet your needs.

If you’re looking for a new hobby for the New Year, then why not try Carolyn Dunster’s “Cut & Dry: The Modern Dried Flower Guide from Growing to Style”. Join the DIY trend of drying and creating stunning bouquets that outlive freshly cut flowers. Dried flowers are perfect for bridal bouquets, table settings, and durable home decor. Whether you are looking for elegant DIY wedding arrangements or trying to add a little flair to your room decor. There are models to complement every aesthetic and every occasion. For those concerned about the environmental impact, dried flowers are also gaining popularity as a more sustainable approach to floristry.

Author Kyle Hunt is helping bodybuilding newbies with his latest “Bodybuilding for Beginners: A 12 Week Program for Building Muscle and Burning Fat”. Even if you’ve never been to the gym before, this book will help you build muscle in no time. Learn how to build muscle and burn fat with detailed 55-exercise walkthroughs that will work your legs, chest, arms, and everything in between. The illustrated step-by-step guides cover 45 high-impact exercises and 10 warm-ups and coolers. Start with a simple, comprehensive plan designed to take you from a beginner to a seasoned bodybuilder. You’ll also assess your diet to make sure it supports your gains with macronutrient guidelines, simple meal ideas, and food preparation tips.

“Pottery for Beginners: Projects for Beautiful Ceramic Bowls, Mugs, Vases and More” is by Kara Leigh Ford. If you’ve ever thought about working with pottery but aren’t sure where to start, this book is for you. Ford lists inspiring projects and primer on equipment, technique, clay types, and your workspace setup. She makes pottery accessible to newcomers and to those with more experience who want to hone their skills. Each stand-alone piece is based on a skill introduced in the previous project. If you make all ten, then you will have learned the basics of pottery. Tutorials on frosting and decorating techniques will help you discover your own style and understand the basics of the baking process to ensure pieces are beautifully finished. Whether you want to create charming home decorations or gifts for loved ones, you’ll find what you need to get started on your pottery journey.


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