Best self-help books health and fitness stars constantly come back to

When life throws you lemons, turn to Brené Brown, Vex King and Tim Ferriss.

It goes without saying that 2020 has put many of us through the wringer. And while crafternoons, podcasts and Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ doco are all modern ways to make us feel a little better, sometimes it’s nice to go a little old school. Pick up a book that stirs something inside you, read words that challenge, motivate and make you want to change your world.

That’s why we’ve reached out to some of our favourite health and fitness stars to ask them what they turn to to keep them motivated and on track.

So whether you want a career change, need to get over an emotional hurdle or are feeling a little lost, here is a reading list to help you change bad habits and manifest those goals. Your new life awaits…

Kaizen by Sarah Harvey

Recommended by Tiffiny Hall, founder of TIFFXO.com

I grew up with the philosophy of Kaizen as a child through my martial arts background. Harvey’s book encapsulates the method beautifully. Kaizen is the philosophy of constant and never-ending improvement. We can become overwhelmed by change and creating new habits can be daunting. The Japanese method of Kaizen isn’t about going cold turkey or sudden change, but all about transforming habits by breaking them down into tiny steps of constant and never-ending improvement. The idea that many small wins can help us to make progress and create habits that stick. I apply the philosophy of Kaizen to my life and business. The Kaizen philosophy assumes that our way of life, in work and home, deserves to be constantly improved. It’s a beautiful way to approach your health too. No jarring changes (deprivation or punishing exercise regimes), but small tiny improvements to our health like drinking more water or focusing on breath that can help lead us to creating lasting habits.”

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Recommended by Laura Henshaw, Keep It Cleaner co founder

“I am so inspired by Brené Brown as a leader and I love the way she highlights the power of vulnerability and the impact it can have on our lives.”

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Recommended by Steph Claire Smith, Keep It Cleaner co founder

“I found this book awesome, Vex King is an incredible writer. There is a lot of inspiration on self-care, manifesting goals, overcoming fear and living a more meaningful life. Since reading the book I have followed him on Instagram for his regular quotes he posts as they are always so positive and inspiring, he seems to have a lot of wisdom and everything he writes just makes sense! His book is one I will go back and refer back to for the rest of my life for sure.”

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Love Is Letting Go Of Fear by Gerald G Jampolsky

Recommended by Michelle Bridges, Health and Fitness Expert and Founder of 12 Week Body Transformation

“I came across this book in my recent move and recall it was quite an eye opener when I read it many years ago! Because it is such an easy read I think it is a really good starting point for a lot of people who’ve perhaps never really ventured into reading books of this kind.”

Purpose Awakening by Touré Roberts

Recommended by Ashley Joi, a trainer on for Centr

“My pastors book. This book encouraged me to look inward to my deep goals, dreams, desires, fears and take control. To be bold and live in my truth. It helped me understand that life isn’t a straight path and trust the blessings and opportunities that come your way.”

The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Recommended by Sam Wood, founder of 28 by Sam Wood

“It’s an oldie but still a goodie but I love The 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss. It focuses on simplicity and efficiency which is what I’m all about.”

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

Recommended by Michelle Battersby – Keep It Cleaner Chief Marketing Officer

“This book manages to put so many big thoughts, research and philosophies into practical terms that are easy to digest. What I loved most was it speaks to the importance of feeling small, this is not meant in a way that we are powerless but rather that there is unity amongst us in realising that we are part of a bigger picture. If we focus on this, we are more connected to one another and care more for the earth around us.”

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Recommended by Luke Mcleod is the founder of Soul Alive

“I was reluctant at first to read it because I’m not a religious person. However, after the first few pages, I soon realised that this was much more than a book about God. It taught me how to really live. What’s important in life and how to handle everything that gets thrown at you. I made a lot of life-changing decisions after this book. It is truly powerful.”