Couch to Active: Book Review + Giveaway


There’s a good chance that you’re intimately acquainted with Couch to 5k if you read my blog. You’re probably already pretty active.

But do you struggle with your motivation? Is it still hard to get out the door — to run, to get to the gym, or even simply get out on your lunch hour to walk?

Whether you’re struggling with that motivation and family responsibilities, or you want to just get more active in general, Lyn Lindbergh has an 8 week plan that will literally walk you into walking (or running, or swimming, or biking) more!

Read on to find out more about the book and to enter to win a copy for your very own!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my hones review. All opinions are my own.

Book Overview
It’s an eight week plan so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s broken down into eight chapters:

  1. The Basics. Check in with your doctor, start slow, be mindful of where your body is at now, not where you want it to be, don’t compare yourself to others, schedule it.
  2. Reach Out. Tell your loved ones why this important to you, make it fun, and don’t forget to thank your loved ones for supporting you.
  3. Breaking Barriers. Where you figure out why you’re not already doing what you know you should be — even advice to just accept that your body won’t be where you want it to be and no one cares but you.
  4. Solve It. Figure out what barriers you can actually solve, how to deal with naysayers (or not, really), and solutions to make sure you will follow through.
  5. Own It. You are an active person — just own it, how you are healing yourself, and why sleep is important.
  6. Radical Change. There’s no surprise — or shame — that there are just barriers to fitness we can’t break through. Work your way through what can’t change, and what needs a major change to have a break through.
  7. Your Next Two Years. Make a plan, consider the times of year when it will be tough to be active, and how to deal with the inevitable setbacks.
  8. Celebrate. You have broken through your barriers and become an active person. We do what we’re rewarded for — so celebrate your success!

There are also recommendations for how to schedule exercise — not the actual exercises, but when to do cardio, strength training, rest, etc. — whether you’re doing this because your doctor says you have to or you’re already very active and everything in between.

There are planners by month (including space for holidays, so you know when something is coming up) and by week.

There is also a list of all the affirmations in the book (there are many!) broken down by chapter.

How it’s all broken down
You’re a busy person; Lyn’s a busy person — she gets it. Each chapter is broken down into multiple small sections with short assignments to work through. The assignments would, and should, take some time, but most of the sections are less than five pages. 

Lyn’s not just preaching at you, she gives real world examples from her own life and from people she’s worked with — and then she prompts you to work through the assignments — because she knows that just reading about something won’t motivate you off that couch — you have to put in the work. If you put in the work, the program will work! Simple, right?

There are also many affirmations throughout each chapter. I’m personally a huge fan of affirmations and believe that you can never have too many. Don’t just read them — write the ones that speak to you on a post it and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Who is this book for?
Anyone. Whether you’re looking to get off the couch or you just need strategies to deal with whatever is keeping you from exercising or you need to work on consistency and motivation, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

I also think personal trainers might get a lot out of Couch to Active, too.

Win a copy of Couch to Active for yourself!
I have one copy of the book to give away. Enter to win here.

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


19 thoughts on “Couch to Active: Book Review + Giveaway

  1. Sometimes I do struggle with motivation. Even though I have a pretty set workout routine, every day I have to make the choice to get it done!

    I love that this book have positive affirmations because honestly, who couldn’t use a daily dose of positive words nowadays!

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  2. I have the most hilarious affirmation ever: it has got me through a lot of training runs, though I’ve never had to break it out in a race. “I am a dull but competent runner”. I know, right! But it works for me! The book looks good for those who need to learn how to motivate themselves, and will change people’s lives for sure!

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  3. I’m a huge believer in making fitness a part of life, everyday life. I don’t necessarily break a sweat every day, but I do try to get at least 20 minutes of “something” done (and it usually goes well beyond those 20 minutes once I get started). For me, the greatest discovery I found was the fasted cardio thing, first thing most mornings. I look forward to it and feel “off” on the days it happens later than usual. This book sounds like a great motivator!

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  4. Who doesn’t need a little motivation?

    I wouldn’t pay $ for this book but if I win it… (pick me, pick me)

    And I think this would be a great gift. I have quite a few friends that are not as active as they should be.

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    1. I didn’t have to pay $ for it either — but I do think it would make a great gift. Just have to be sure that the person who gets isn’t offended — people can be touch about that sort of stuff!


  5. Sounds like an interesting book! I love that it has all the affirmations. I feel like a lot of books that deal with helping people be more active just focus on the physical and practical but forget the emotional/mental aspect.

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