Health & Wellness Strategy Books Can Seem Impractical

Health and wellness strategy books can often seem like an endless stream of thoughts and theories. Sometimes, this is exactly what you want. Attitude is important, and taking a 10,000ft view of your overall health and wellness is invaluable. However, the devil is in the details. There are a few books that I really love when it comes to creating a health and wellness strategy.

The three examples below all contain tangible strategies – building blocks, if you like, to give you an actual plan of how to improve aspects of your life. Rather than taking a top-down approach, they look at the everyday steps and tactics to improve your happiness.

How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life – Frank Lipman, MD

How to Be Well was published this year, and I think that it is a perfect example of practical health and wellness strategies. Throughout the book, Frank covers over 100 simple steps to start making changes in your life. These are all filtered through what he regards as the 6 most important aspects of improving strength, resilience and overall health, titled “eat, sleep, move, protect, unwind and connect”. I guarantee that you will take something from this book to make you a happier, healthier person.

Who Says You Can’t? You Do – Daniel Chidiac

This book was published back in 2013 and became a word-of-mouth phenomenon. By studying the lives of great achievers and spiritual leaders, Daniel Chidiac lays out a seven-step guide to becoming a better version of yourself by rewiring your thought processes and shifting your focus. While this is slightly broader than Frank Lipman’s book, there are a number of practical exercises and tools that I have found myself using on a day to day basis. It’s also superbly written. Chidiac’s style feels like he is talking to as a friendly guide and somehow reaches out to the reader in a way that feels personal. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life – Agapi Stassinopoulos

The health and wellness strategy lessons outlined in this book are designed to be taken on a weekly basis throughout the year. Its focused on cultivating self-care through meditation, health, and making time for yourself. It also delves into the conflicts that can become roadblocks to your success. Agapi’s book is endlessly practical – it’s a full-on roadmap for openness and connectivity, and a fantastic resource for living your best life.

My advice is to read these books cover to cover and pick out what you like best. Everyone I coach is different, and a cookie cutter approach will always miss out on improving areas of your life which need work. Take what health and wellness strategies work for you, and leave the rest on the page.


Jon Straub is a life coach based in NYC. He is on a mission to change entrepreneurs’ attitude towards health, wellness, and happiness – the most important productivity tools we have.

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