Leading a healthy, active lifestyle is extremely rewarding for all kinds of reasons. Most people are aware of the obvious physical benefits, but less are aware of the benefits to mental and spiritual health. The mind and the body are two separate yet intertwined entities that work in tandem with one another.
Being in a good physical condition affects hormonal and energy levels that directly influence the way the brain thinks: It is no coincidence that poor physical health is associated with conditions such as depression.
Many people are put off the idea of living a healthy lifestyle because they think it is all about making sacrifices. Of course, if you have a negative mindset, this mode of thinking will prevent you from gaining success from the word go.
Rather than thinking about the negatives, think about what you are gaining from a healthier lifestyle.
Very often the first act of leading a healthier lifestyle requires you to reappraise the situation. Putting things into perspective often needs a change of view. Rather than think about the favourite food you may have to cut down on, think about the extra quality time you can enjoy with your family.
Better physical health means a better quality of life and extra opportunities to learn new things and skills. You should imagine the extra confidence, the greater self esteem and the extra energy to achieve your goals that being healthy will bring.
It is always better to start with small steps before trying to leap. If you start trying to run marathons straight away, the chances are you will take on more than you bargain for, which risks apathy and lack of motivation setting in. There are many simple ways you can begin getting into shape now that do not need anything to drastic happening to begin with.
For instance, rather than making big dietary changes straight away, consider reducing your intake of unhealthy foods gradually. You do not have to start living like a monk which is counter productive for long term success.
The chances are the more you start to enjoy being healthier the more you will naturally want to reduce your intake of unhealthy foods. This same principle applies to exercise too. Instead of going for long runs straight away, get used to lighter jogs of about 15 minutes a day. Of course, if you think you can handle a long run, don’t let me stop you in taking on a challenge!
Some of the smallest changes you make can have the biggest impact. As a human being, you are a creature of habit. Of course, this means it is all too easy to form bad habits that are hard to break.
Fortunately, it is also true that once you become a creature of good habits the reverse becomes true.
Giving this kind of careful consideration to your habits, realizing the effect they have on you, will motivate you to change them.
For example, if you have habit of spending a lot of time with people who live unhealthily , you can try not to spend as much time with people who live this lifestyle for a while, even if this means not seeing close friends for a couple of weeks.
If you have a habit of being insular and uncommunicative with others when losing weight, you can try to ask for support the next time you diet because helping relationships are essential to diet success. If you have a habit of being a perfectionist
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