Reading, Listening, and Watching— July 20th

Because my Instagram stories aren’t enough, here’s a rundown of the most intriguing things I’ve read this month in addition to a backlog from May/June of other worthwhile reads!

Also, shameless plug, I just launched a social show with GQ “How to Build a Better Body” if you would be ever some gracious to give it a look. If not, that’s fine too! Scroll down for the list.


While the books do link to Amazon please feel more than free to buy from a local bookstore or find your local library here

📚 Books 📚

Running is my Therapy by Scott Douglass

A book that examines how running, and aerobic activity in general, can be a key stepping stone into improving one’s mental health + the actual research behind it and why it works in combo with other tactics.

The Power of Less by Leo Babuta

Writer of the popular website “Zen Habits” takes a less is more approach to work and life. Easy read, quickly implementable, really enjoyed this one.

Sacred Rest by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Sleep is bigger then rest and Doc teaches us other areas in life we are likely overlooking in order to feel refreshed.

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer

American history is convoluted and Stephen Kinzer is one of my favorite authors who breaks it down. Took a liking to his work after reading “Overthrow” which looks at American sponsored regime change throughout the world. This book examines the rise of the Dulles brothers, two wildly influential figures on current American history but have been lost to the history books.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath

Change is hard, switch claims to make it easy. Behavioral reads I always gravitate to and am liking this one so far.

Academic Articles

“Effects of light on human circadian rhythms, sleep and mood”

“Interrelationship between Sleep and Exercise: A Systematic Review”

“Changes in hip and spine movement with increasing running speed”

Short Reads (Web)

Quick read into the restrictive world of “clean” eating and how that is fostering eating disorders in many.

If you’re driven by anger that something better doesn’t exist and that makes you create it, I f*ck with you.

If you haven’t also read this HBR article highlighting Newson I suggest you check that out as well.

A refreshing and simple introduction into the complicated world of squatting.

Paul Graham is at it again with his essays. I took a liking to his one discussing “crazy new ideas” which had me actually take a left turn into thinking about its opposite — forgotten old ideas — that are still worthwhile.

The way we see timed is flawed and if you fix that, you just might have a better life.

The fact that fruits and vegetables don’t want to be eaten is what might actually make them good for us in a bizarre twist and compelling theory.

That diabetes patients (10% of the population) are 40% of the COVID deaths in the USA by some estimates which is if you can’t tell, disproportionate, has me returning to this article again. The impact that this has on Black America also can’t be understated.


Below is a back log of a few other things I’ve read, watched, and listened to over the past couple months that you might like. Check it out and enjoy!



Listening (Shameless Plugs)

Watching (Short/Medium)

Watching (Long)



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Joe Holder

Joe Holder

Founder of The Ocho System™, Plant Based Gang, and Exercise Snacks. Writer for @GQ. Consultant for various, primarily @nike @hyperice @dyson. Views my own