With the sheer volume of content being produced online around health, fitness and nutrition there’s more than enough information to keep you reading until the end of time. But if you’re looking to work towards a new fitness goal, like running a marathon or dropping 50lbs, there’s plenty of wisdom to be found outside the health and fitness realm.
The world of self-help books has been a booming industry for decades, with entrepreneurs and sales people typically at the front of the queue to pick up the latest ‘must read’ book that will help them grow their business or make more sales. While its initially tricky to see how books around growing a business or making more money can tie into your health ambitions, there’s actually a great deal of crossover.
Most people who take persona development seriously are masters of setting goals, creating a plan to reach those goals and following through every day. The created a targeted list of actions they know they need to take and make sure they get done every day. If you could apply that approach to your workouts and diet, where would you be physically in a few months’ time?
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best non-fitness books we feel can have the biggest impact on the way you look, feel and act, and which can directly or indirectly help you set and achieve the health goals you’ve always wanted.
The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
This book initially looks at the morning habits of some of the most successful and influential people in the world, and combines this the scientific research to help you get off to the best possible start to our day. It advises starting every day with a few simple practices (such as meditation and exercise) to help you prepare and focus on the day ahead.
This practices in this book will help you get in the right mind-set for achieving your fitness goals as soon as you start your day, setting you up for success right away.
Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
While Robbins can initially seem a bit full-on (if you’ve seen his infomercials you’ll know what I mean) but his programs get results and have been hugely effective for thousands of people. His approach to getting you to take action, the use of state management to get you ready to perform at a high level, and the use of NLP techniques all help you move closer to doing the things you need to do to succeed.
The principles taught in the book can be applied to just about every aspect of your life including your health, wealth and relationships, and if you apply the methods it teaches you’ll be on your way to becoming a happier healthier person.
The ONE Thing – Gary W. Keller
In a word where everyone seems to be doing 100 different thing at once (and failing at most of them) The ONE Thing teaches the principle of finding the tasks that will make the biggest impact and making sure you get that done.
The most successful and productive people make the habit of finding the most important tasks and working on them as a matter of priority, to the exclusion of all other tasks until it’s finished. If you’re trying to run a marathon, the one thing you need to get done is to get a running schedule together and make sure you hit the pavement when you need to. If you’re trying to lift more weight, you need to eat more and train regularly. Everything else is an afterthought until you do the one thing that needs to be done!
Habit Stacking – S.J. Scott
We all have a list of good habits we’d like to incorporate into our life but have never quite gotten round to doing them. The chances are you have a few which, separately, would only take 5-10 minutes each to do, but they tend to get lost amongst everything else you have to do that day.
The concept of habit stacking involves bringing these desired traits together into one single routine that you set aside some time to do each day. For example you may be looking to get more protein, work on your mobility, drink more water, and eat more green vegetables to improve your overall health. You’d set aside some time to do your mobility work, and follow it up by blending some kale and broccoli into a protein shake and washing it down with a big bottle of water. In 20 minutes you’ve completed all your target habits for the day, leaving you to get on with everything else you need to do!
Always Strive to Be Better!
In our pursuit of a fitter, healthier life it’s important to keep an open mind and always think about how new information can be used to help us grow in the areas that matter (that incudes mentally, spiritually and physically).
Traits which have made someone successful in on aspect of life can usually be applied to others, so the pursuit of knowledge and the process of modelling the behaviours of successful people can bring greater results in our own lives. The key is to always strive to improve in all aspects of life, and you’ll find that as you build the success habits covered in these books you’ll see improvements in your health, your relationships and at work.