The Healthy Habit Revolution

Create Better Habits in 5 Minutes a Day

Non-Fiction - Self Help
146 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2015
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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite

Five minutes a day for twenty-one days may not seem like much time to do something life-changing, but Derek Doepker shows us in The Healthy Habit Revolution how that could be all it takes to build better habits and obtain positive life goals. A lifestyle is composed of multiple small decisions that a person makes throughout the course of a single day. These small habits, through time, can collectively form a person's identity. The Healthy Habit Revolution expounds on what I would assume each person knows deep down - that one can change their life a small decision at a time. The book breaks down the hurdles that prevent people from identifying the habits they want to have and helps them succeed in building and maintaining these habits.

The challenge with self-help books is that they must tread the thin line between being too overwhelming and inaccessible and being too mundane. Doepker avoids both of these outcomes by writing in an engaging style that is simple and concise, with each sentence giving the reader much to ponder. A single chapter that can be read in ten minutes or less could keep the reader busy pondering for much longer. Ultimately, this book subtly guides the reader to focus on forming habits they want to have, nudging them in the right direction and letting them do things on their own. One of the most brilliant things about The Healthy Habit Revolution is the sheer positivity that emanates as soon as you read the first chapter. Doepker manages to convey the feeling of having a life coach sitting right beside you, supporting and challenging you, and ultimately empowering you to take the steps you need to change your life. There is less hand-holding and more self-reflection, guiding the reader to delve deep and think on what it is that they want to accomplish.

I can see the value of this book when it comes to stopping negative spirals, those times in a person's life when they just lose sense of what they want and when every decision they make seems like a bad one. If there was one book that I would cling to in order to avoid wallowing in a maelstrom of bad and negative habits, it would be The Healthy Habit Revolution, a perfect book to read before and after each day, and whose words can easily become mantras to live by.

Jack Magnus

The Healthy Habit Revolution: Create Better Habits in 5 Minutes a Day is a motivational self-help book written by Derek Doepker. The author is a fitness coach and trainer who developed his own program for self-improvement through the development of micro-habits which is based on his research and personal experience. Any reader who picks up this book and begins to read it most likely already has the motivation and desire to create those better habits, he argues, and Doepker shows you how to do that with his guided 21-day course of training. He provides a downloadable Daily Action Guide for the assignments, which conclude each chapter, as well as offering a Recap of the topic covered and Action Steps to complete enabling the reader to personalize the material covered in each step of the program.

Derek Doepker's motivational health and fitness book, The Healthy Habit Revolution: Create Better Habits in 5 Minutes a Day, examines why the best of resolutions and diet/fitness programs fail, and he offers the reader a program and a way to establish a mindset that painlessly incorporates healthy habits. I was quite impressed by the concept of building micro-habits and started brainstorming on how I could start making changes for the better.

Doepker's writing style is conversational which makes it seem like you have your own coach there discussing the program, and his suggested Action Steps seem relatively simple to accomplish while being thought-provoking at the same time. Doepker provides numerous links to literature written by his mentors and others, as well as excerpts from other authors on the topics covered in this work. His references are an excellent resource for anyone wanting to continue their studies. The Healthy Habit Revolution: Create Better Habits in 5 Minutes a Day is highly recommended.

Gracie Bradford

The Healthy Habit Revolution: Create Better Habits in 5 Minutes A Day is written by Derek Doepker. This 146-page book constructs a blueprint for creating better habits by offering a 21-day healthy habit challenge. The topic for each day is presented with a unique twist which stimulates the reader to want to read more. The jewel of this book is the references near the end, consisting of a long list of interesting websites, books and magazine articles about creating habits. The process involves taking a micro-habit, gradually developing a small piece at a time, then eventually upgrading to develop a new, positive and permanent habit leading to overall better health. The five simple habits suggested that would change a lifestyle are: meditation, reading, studying and applying personal development, physical health habits, daily gratitude, and morning productivity.

Following the workbook, it is possible to make the daily change in 5 minutes providing one starts with a micro-habit and follows the blueprint. The author quotes “being reminded of what you already know” – I found this to be true as the facts are what most people already know. The author has packaged the information in such a way to make one think about current habits. The book is a self-help guide about improving one’s overall lifestyle and sustaining the changes through a growth mindset. Middle aged women, senior citizens, perhaps individuals who are concerned about their image, executives and even book authors would find this guide to be a useful tool.