New Fit Kits Available

JMRL has added two more “fit kits” to the health library collection!


Kit 7 consists of a light therapy lamp and the book The Short Circuit: Depression and Anxiety Exposed for What It Really Is: A Brand New and Inspiring Way of Looking at Depression and Anxiety by Dr Shammy Noor. Light therapy is one of the treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of seasonal depression that usually strikes during the winter months. Studies have suggested that exposure to bright light from a special lamp can help make up for the sunlight you’re not getting naturally when the days are shorter. 

resistancebandsKit 8 has 5 resistance bands, the book Fitness Sutra by Dr. Monika Chopra, guide sheets, and 10 exercise cards. Resistance bands can be used to perform exercises for every major muscle group or to challenge your existing routine. You can also use resistance bands to increase your range of motion, flexibility, and muscular endurance. 



Place a hold for either of these kits here. You can also call the Central Reference Department at 434.979.7151 ext. 4 with any questions, or send them an email.

Health Library/Fit Kits

JMRL now has a circulating Health Library, also known as Fit Kits, to help promote healthy living in the area. There are six kits available, including kits for yoga, blood pressure monitor, hand therapy, cardio, foam roller, and pilates. These kits were made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. And, JMRL received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, with this money a 6th kits was added, pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Each kit has at least one book that explains the health objective in greater detail. Some kits have instructions in multiple languages. They are all housed at the Central Library as a special collection, and anyone in the system can check them out. This is a great way for people to try out exercise and health equipment without having to buy anything.


Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.

Workout Books to Warm You Up

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Don’t let the cold keep you from being active. While we wait for warmer weather, check out these books from the library if you’re looking for fun exercise routines to try at home:

The RBG Workout by Bryant Johnson – A lighthearted, fully-illustrated fitness guide detailing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s twice-weekly workouts with the author, her personal trainer, demonstrates each exercise in accessible detail and is complemented by professional tips, informative sidebars and folksy health wisdom.

The One-Minute Workout by Martin Gibala – Draws on the author’s work in exercise physiology and high-intensity interval training to reveal the scientific plausibility of short burst workouts that can promote fitness in spite of busy schedules, outlining a range of basic interval workouts and microworkouts that can be customized for individual needs.

Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley – Presents a guide to hatha yoga for beginners and readers already practicing, offering directions for 50 basic poses, along with 10 sequences to do at home.

Partner Workouts by Laura Williams – Features 70 step-by-step exercises that actively utilize another person, either directly for resistance or indirectly for stability and balance.

Formula 50 by 50 Cent – Outlines a six-week body-building plan based on metabolic resistance training, discussing psychological approaches to fitness while revealing strategic nutritional combinations for accelerating fat loss and building muscle.

Ballerina Body by Misty Copeland – The celebrated ballerina shares step-by-step advice for how to reshape the body and achieve a lean, strong physique and maximum health, outlining key recommendations for diet, exercise and staying motivated.

FastExercise by Michael Mosley – Dispels common exercise myths and presents a fitness program designed to promote weight loss and improve health with high intensity training ten minutes a day, three times a week.

Core Strength Training by DK Publishing – Shares instructions for more than 150 body-sculpting exercises, with detailed anatomical diagrams identifying which muscles are involved, and how they work together.