People are always asking me, “how do I lose weight and get healthier?” Without sitting there and preaching to them about health and fitness for an hour, I sum up what I say into a few key aspects. These keys are the ideas I think of healthy living. This is my opinion based off my own experiences and knowledge throughout the years.
Living healthy is all about developing healthy life habits. These habits could include a workout routine, a healthy diet, or even staying away from certain things. At first when developing any skill, we tend to reject it because of change. It is different, and it might be more difficult than we are used to. People tend to stray off track at the first sight of hardship. People rarely persevere through to developing a positive habit. We normally revert to our normal behavior.
If you are willing to just show up to the gym day in day out, or even push through the hard points in a diet, we end up developing a new “normal behavior”. It is not an easy road to travel, but with enough repetition of going to the gym, it becomes normal. We tend to miss it when we do not go.
I have not always been into fitness. There was a time where I did not make fitness a priority. I thought I would go to the gym once a week or maybe even 3 times a month and expect to see results. It was not until I made fitness a priority in my life, this is when I was going every day and I had my own goals I wanted to achieve. It was not like a switch went off in my head, but rather me pushing through the times where I did not even want to go. It helps for me to remember to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Life throws us so many excuses to use for not doing something. I have used them a lot in the past, and I will still use them in the future to be sure. But, I am trying to not give excuses. I try catch myself before I would make an excuse. Rather than thinking “why I cannot do something”, we need to try and think “how can I make this happen?” What do I need to move around to make fitness a priority? Is our fitness more important than our cable tv, or even our cup of Starbucks every morning?
Think of a friend you like spending time with, you would probably not let anything stand in your way of getting together. Now what about a person you do not like that much at all, you will think of every excuse to not hang out with them. So how bad do you want something?
Making fitness a priority in life is hard at first, and it rarely gets easier. I always say “If your workouts are getting easier, than you are doing it wrong.” In some ways, life is very similar. Try to keep challenging your potential in life. Everyone has goals and aspirations. But, how many people are striving for those goals. I am not trying to get people to make big moves with changing our lives, but we can try something smaller. We can try and make fitness a priority, and try make a better version of yourself in the scenes of challenging your body. Then move to challenging other aspects of life. We should want to change to truly be able to make change.