Changing your lifestyle to be healthier and happier can be tougher than it sounds. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it… after all, it’s no secret that the key to a healthy living is to eat well and exercise regularly.

It’s hard to stay motivated so we’ve put together a list of our favourite books to keep you inspired on your journey to form healthy habits because you know what guys? It’s a long game, the little changes you make over a matter of months and years are where real lasting change comes from.

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1. Own the Day, Own Your Life By Aubrey Marcus

In this book, the CEO of Onnit, Aubrey Marcus focused on how a single day can change your life. This book is designed to act as a manual to help you achieve your goals. Maybe that is to play a sport, hike a mountain, find mental clarity, connect with your family, whatever it is, this will make you more capable.

Each part of the day is connected, each choice you make influences the future choices you make. So, in order to make a true transformation, you have to focus not on changing one thing, but changing one day. So what are you waiting for?

“The best way to change your life is to change what your life is made up of—your rituals, your habits, how you eat and think. This book is a roadmap for doing exactly that, written by an author whose results can’t be argued with.” – Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy

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2. The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By: Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, award-winning reporter Charles Duhigg digs deep into the most cutting edge scientific research available and explains why habits exist and how they can be changed.

Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement. Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains a fascinating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

“Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.” — Financial Times

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3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. This beautiful parable is about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams. The story follows a young shepherd named Santiago, who lives in the hills of Andalucia and feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. With Paulo Coelho’s visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people’s lives.

“While this isn’t a ‘health’ book, The Alchemist is a wonderful story that is all about following your dreams. Inspiring. “A good read for anyone who isn’t sure what they want in life, or aren’t sure how to get it.” Chloe McLeod – accredited practising dietitian and sport dietitian.

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