Love reading? Love running? But can’t seem to fit both into your busy schedule? It’s time to multitask. New research by Audible has found that 5.6 million Aussies now listen to audiobooks while exercising.

Join the club. Listening to stories can provide an even better distraction from your burning muscles and shortness of breath than music, so you can cover more kays.

Here are the top 5 books that Fidelma Maher, merchandising manager from, says are run-appropriate:

1. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Written and narrated by Amy Schumer

“Sometimes humour is the best approach to endurance, so Amy’s hilarious memoirs will fill you with good vides and keep you smiling during your run,” says Maher. “Her work ethic will inspire you to push yourself and you might get an extra ab workout from the LOLs.”

2. The Girl on the Train

By Paula Hawkins, narrated by Clare Corbett, India Fisher and Louise Brealey

Haven’t read this bestseller? You should – especially before the film adaption reaches cinemas! This one’s best for long runs. “It’ll get your blood pumping just as much as the workout itself. The thriller begins when the main character, Rachel, sees something shocking from the window of a train – it’ll keep you on you on your toes.” 

3. Finding Ultra

Written and narrated by Rich Roll

“Finding Ultra is the incredible true story of the author’s transformation into becoming one of the world’s fittest men. We love the honesty of Rich’s history and the athlete in you will be moved to break some of your own bad habits along the way.”

4. Unbroken

By Laura Hillenbrand, narrated by Edward Herrmann 

“Now a motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, this incredible true story will make runners think differently about the obstacles they may face while pounding the pavement. It tells the story of Olympian Lou Zamparini – he served in World War II, survived being stranded in the ocean, a Prisoner of War camp and re-assimilation, as well as helping others along the way.” Inspo plus!

5. Make It Happen

Written and narrated by Michelle Bridges 

Who better to cheer you on while you run than WH fitness expert Michelle Bridges? “Michelle inspires you with her tips for living the life you want, ideal for a jog in the park or a run on the treadmill.” 

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