While we love to encourage to get outside and get moving, we do understand the need for other hobbies! Reading is a great way to learn more about the world or lose yourself completely in a completely different world. Not to mention the aisles and aisles of cookbooks available at the moment – there’s never been a better time to become a bookworm!


My Hours by Bradley Wiggins

Last summer champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins took on one of the sports toughest challenges- how far can you cycle in an hour? If you’re looking for a real push in the right direction this is the book for you, with Wiggins sharing his preparation, inspiration and training. If you’re not a cyclist now, we think you may well be after reading this!

My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

Mixed martial artist, Ronda Rousey, has gone viral with her outspoken views on getting what you want. Her autobiography takes you on a journey from her difficult childhood to global superstar – all through intense hard work and determination. Once Ronda’s voice in your head, you’ll have all the encouragement you need!

The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby by Tony Collins

Here at The Forge, we’re big rugby fans – from avid viewers to people working with the teams. So this history of rugby is right up our street! If you’re a rugby nut, this book is getting rave reviews. And you never know when some of the information in this book will come in handy in a pub quiz!

The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt

We find that people usually fall into two camps – football or rugby. If The Oval World isn’t for you, The Game of Our Lives may well be. Immerse yourself in your favourite sport and you may well find yourself signing up for your local five-a-side team.

We’d love to hear your top recommendations and favourite books. Was there a book that inspired you to take up a new sport or form of exercise? Or has your love of sports writing ever won you something more than a race!