Let’s face it, many of us come up with reasons not to exercise or eat healthy. We even sound pretty convincing. Unfortunately, all the reasons in the world eventually catch up to you in the form of illness or injury.
What we often fail to realize is how much your lifestyle impacts your health. The food you eat, being physically active, and rest is truly your medicine.
Many people continue to walk around in an unhealthy body and come to accept this existence. Living this way causes you to miss out on how good you're supposed to feel and look.
The true story of health is your body reflects your lifestyle.
Make Your Health a PriorityI want to believe all of you have a strong desire to be healthy people. Working in the health and fitness industry, I certainly hear this loud and clear. We talk about wanting to feel and look better, but what continues to be lacking is the action required to make this happen. More often than not, healthy living isn't a priority.
Living a life of excuses will not change your health or appearance. It only guarantees you not to feel your best and is often accompanied by unhappiness. Change takes changing your daily habits. The body you have is determined by what you do. I'm sure we can all agree with that statement.
Let me clarify my reference is to the general population who have the ability to get healthy. Some medical conditions and illness are out of our control, but I have seen those who struggle this way live the healthiest lives.
Change Takes ChangeThe first step to change your body for the better is owning your current lifestyle. This includes admitting you are making excuses not to eat healthy, exercise, sleep more, reduce stress and the list goes on. It's important to understand why health is not a priority.
Admitting your part in creating an unhealthy body can be hard to face - but necessary. It's in that frustrated moment you can really be honest about your life and body. This is often the beginning of getting serious about a healthy lifestyle.
Think about these things:
- You are responsible for replacing reasons/excuses with action.
- You are capable of taking care of your health and making it a priority.
- Having a fit body can happen at every age and it's never too late to start.
- You control what your body looks like.
- What you eat in private you wear in public.
Masking the ProblemBeing healthy and having a fit body is achievable for the majority. Sadly, many people are turning to prescribed pharmaceuticals to reduce the symptoms of self-induced health conditions. A pill doesn't fix the problem, it only masks the problem.
Let me clarify - certain medications are required for a small percentage of Americans but not for the general population who can get healthy. Many cholesterol lowering and blood pressure medications can be discontinued when weight is lost and body composition improved.
Adopt a Healthy LifestyleThe problem continues to be accommodating an unhealthy lifestyle justifying it with reasons that really can't be validated. This can be changed - if you want it to change.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the way to lasting health and fitness. It's not an occasional event and requires full-time effort.
The bottom line is results can and will happen, but the choice is up to you.
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