Hey there guys!
Today’s post is going to be another health post. This one is regarding your mind-set and healthy living and what a challenge it can be when your mind is not in the right space to accept a change. Especially a lifestyle change.
It’s very easy to choose the unhealthy option, isn’t it? It’s so much more convenient to stop by McDonald’s and get the family something to eat instead of ‘slaving away’ in the kitchen. Not so? And what’s better than sitting in front of the television gawking at your favourite shows slumped on the couch? Surely not exercising or taking a jog/run or walk for thirty to forty-five minutes.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, you’re fighting two enemies: your body and your mind (Yossif, 2013). Your body: some people are trying to lose weight while others want to be fit and strong and so on. Therefore you train and exercise the body and eat wholesome and nutritious foods packed with essential minerals and vitamins needed to sustain health. The mind, on the other hand, is a tough challenge. That is probably the biggest enemy of the two because if the mind is not right, the body won’t be motivated to succeed.
It is very difficult to alter the way you’ve been doing things and living your life when its been as such for so many years. You have been living certain habits and your mind is wired to think a certain way – it’s a constant battle and at some point you just give in and opt to follow the safest route. It’s easier to stay the same when the requirements to change far exceed the limits you put on yourself – without ever knowing that your mind is such a powerful tool, and if used correctly, is the key to your success.
Here are a few tips of which I myself made use when I decided that I wanted to be healthier, fitter and stronger. It takes a lot of self-discipline and determination. But if you can stick with it, you can do it. Take baby steps and start slow. Don’t overwhelm yourself with drastic changes because you won’t be able to sustain them in the long-run.
- Paradigm shift: This was a concept I learnt about through Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Successful People (also highlighted in Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens penned by Covey’s son. Which was actually the book I read first before the one for highly successful people). This is simply your view of the world and perception of reality. Therefore the shift entails having to change your perceptions of reality. Your perception is that you don’t have time to exercise. The reality is, if you took just ten minutes a day from your TV time to take a jog around the garden or perhaps to do the fifteen minute exercise I blogged about in an earlier post, you’ll actually find you do have the time. Great! Now put that into practice. Each day, just ten to fifteen minutes instead of watching One Tree Hill or whatever (if you have PVR, record it. You’ll catch up). That amounts to seventy minutes of exercise in the week. Boom! Then work your way up from there.
- Unrealistic expectations: This is not going to happen overnight. Learn that this will take time. Get the image carved out by Hollywood and society of how one is supposed to look out of your vision. There’s no magic pill or silver bullet. This is an experience – expect hurdles and obstacles: learn and move forward. We’re looking to live healthy and sustainable lifestyles. A life you can live and maintain for the rest of your life. Fad diets, quick solutions and detours will have you right back where you initially started when you decided you wanted to make a change. Be patient with yourself and with your body. Baby steps.
- Celebrate the little victories: When you achieve a goal, celebrate it. Not by going out to have the biggest slice of chocolate cake, but perhaps going to the spa for a treatment. Or maybe on a Sunday (if you have followed your ten minutes a day exercise routine from Monday through to Saturday) take an hour off and sit to watch your recorded One Tree Hill episode(s) that you missed. Something constructive yet still fun/exciting to do.
I hope this post helped a little in any way possible. If you have any other suggestions, please comment and let me know. 🙂
Please note that I am not a health professional of any sort. This is just based upon my own personal experience (coupled with some research) and my opinions. Hope you enjoyed.