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  • Writer's pictureDave Balzer

2023 Reading List

I am a little late getting this up as we've been busy lately with our recent move to Greenville, South Carolina. We plan on wrapping up our Travel PT work and settling down... bittersweet, to say the least! We've loved every high and low that came with traveling the country. A bonus was the long home health commutes allowing for increased time reading and audiobooking.

One goal I talked about in the 2022 Reading List article was to be better about getting lost in novels or thrillers. Our month-long backpacking adventure in Europe made this much easier as I had plenty of downtime to read with all the planes, trains, and bus rides. My favorites from the Eurotrip were None of This is True and The Kind Worth Saving (FYI this is a sequel). Plus, as always, the yearly Jack Carr book did not disappoint -- Only The Dead. And since we're on the topic of adventuring Europe and books... if you happen to be looking into hiking the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites make sure you get this book to prepare -- Trekking the Dolomites.

Most of my clinically focused reading this past year centered on finding balance in my practice. We all know that nutrition and fitness impact our health greatly, but over the past few years, I have continued to see how stress and dysregulated nervous systems are more often the root cause of many of my client's dysfunction. Therefore, I was happy to find books like Peter Attia's Outlive, which provided a balanced approach to health looking at fitness, nutrition, sleep, and stress regulation. A few of my other favorites on this topic were No Bad Parts, Anxiety Rx, and Mindsight. And it's tough to leave out Metabolical: The Lure and Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine by Robert Lustig... who doesn't love a good book calling out all the BS of Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Medicine.

One of my favorite parts of my morning routine is reading 4-5 pages after journaling. In past years I found this short reading period to work best with quick-passage books like Ryan Holiday's Daily Stoic or other books on stoicism. This year I went with Yung Pueblo's series: Inward, Clarity & Connection, and The Way Forward. I loved them... short, concise passages that make for a great way to start the day. A few of my other favorite personal development books from this past year are Letting Go and How To Do The Work.

Check out my full 2023 booklist below and my recommended reading list here. I would love to hear some recommendations! My 2024 is already off to an interesting start as I am expanding my practice to work in men's pelvic health, so book #1 of 2024 is Pelvic Pain: The Ultimate Cock Block by Susie Gronski.



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