What sells? Magazine covers that read “5 minutes to a better body.” Cookbooks that are titled “eat what you want and lose weight.” Diet plans that advertise “Take this pill and get fit and firm”. That sells because it’s an east fix, but the reality of getting the body you’ve dreamed of and the level of health and fitness you desire is simply not a quick fix.
So, with that said, the first thing you need to decide is do you want to achieve this? I’m going to give you some very good reasons why your answer should be yes.
- While it’s very challenging to begin, in the long-term you will feel better about yourself, be more productive and able to navigate life more effectively.
- Being healthy is not only a positive change for you but also for your family and friends.
- Being fit and healthy helps boost self-esteem which paves the way for success in other areas of your life. It’s not just a matter of how you look; it’s your ability to realize you are stronger than you think.
- Eating better makes you feel better. We were not designed to eat fast food and chemicals. Eating healthy and clean allows your body to function more properly. When your body does that so does your mind.
There are plenty of reasons to work on achieving health, so why aren’t you doing it? It comes down to this: We live in a faced paced society that has encouraged you to do everything quickly. We try and accomplish ten tasks at once, we go till exhaustion thinking we will get ahead in doing so. We eat on the run and fitness easily drops off our priority list. We fall into these patterns and at some point usually step back and say “I’m not sure I’m really happy.” True happiness is achieved through balance, mindfulness and purposefulness.
If you have read this far you probably agree with what I am saying and want to change this pattern. You want to live healthier, be happier and more productive. If you are going to make a life-long change for the better you are going to have to do it in small steps, period! Here are ways in which you can move forward in achieving this:
- Stop eating fast food. Give yourself license in the beginning to keep all your old habits but just stop eating fast food.
- Change one eating habit per week. Swap out a product for something healthier; eliminate something from your diet that isn’t good for you.
- Begin an exercise program that requires you to do ten minutes of cardio at a time. Ten minutes, that’s it. Yu can make ten minutes a day.
- Simplify your life. Life gets cluttered and clutter takes up a lot of space.
Example 1: Clutter in your home. That actually pulls your attention from other things. It’s hard to manage life when you are surrounded by things, and piles of paper and undone tasks. Change that pattern and de-clutter your home, car and office space. This will help you focus.
Example 2: Clutter in your life. This comes in the form of people, activities, and commitments. Sometimes less is more. We tend to give of our time to so many things that then we really are not offering anyone anything much of value. Or, we are offering a lot to others but in the process neglecting ourselves. Simplify commitments. Pick your top 5 priorities and do those! Make fitness one of them. Pick the people that you want in your life and make time for them. You can’t make time for everyone. The reality is that some individuals are actually a drain on your productiveness. Begin to recognize that and make the necessary changes.
People often think health and fitness is basic. You exercise, eat right and achieve it. This is the foundation, but taking a closer look at what prevents us from doing that is the way we can actually achieve these goals. Fitness and wellness is a life approach. It’s a philosophy. It is less about an act and more about a mindset. If you can get to that mindset, the rest will come easy.