With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions to improve our health and fitness. While having specific health and fitness goals in mind is excellent, people often go to extremes to accomplish these goals. They try the newest fad diet or workout trend and often end up exhausting both their mental and physical energy.
This usually leads to either quitting altogether or reaching these goals and being unable to maintain them, ultimately resulting in burnout, failure, or injury. Because of this, I propose you ditch the extreme unrealistic goals and aim to change your lifestyle.
When you start to view health and fitness as a lifestyle rather than a part-time hobby or 30-day challenge, you develop behaviors that will improve many areas of your life.
Living a healthy lifestyle can inspire creativity and teach you discipline, adaptability, and balance.This will not only leave you looking and feeling better, but you will show up as a better version of yourself for the people in your life that truly matter.
IT’S MORE THAN AESTHETICS
Health and fitness are about more than the way
you look, the food you eat, or the weight you lift at the gym. They’re about:
- the way you feel.
- your quality of life.
- the focus you have at work.
- your ability to move.
- your psychological state.
When you’re truly healthy, you are in a better mood and can physically do more. You can do things like walking your dog, going hiking, or paddleboarding. Not being able to do these things can drastically impact your experiences and limit your quality of life.
SETTING AN EXAMPLE
When you choose to live a healthy lifestyle, you
not only do yourself a favor, but you set an excellent example for all of those
around you. Your friends, family, and children are impacted by the healthy
choices you make and will often feel inspired to make a change in their own
The result of this is better relationships, lower
risk of disease, and an overall healthier and happier world. By simply making
healthier choices, you can have a rippling impact on all of those around you.
Be the person to start the change.
YOU LEARN EXACT BEHAVIOR CHANGE
I find that “diets” or “workout challenges” only
last so long. It is unrealistic to be going at 100 MPH all the time. We are all
human. Life happens, stress comes and goes, and schedules can get thrown off.
When we choose to live a healthy lifestyle, we learn to accept these things and
You learn to enjoy life when you are on vacation
and away from your gym and kitchen because you have developed the habits and
skills to live a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are. By always
practicing moderation and balance, you allow yourself to indulge without going
overboard. If you don’t have access to a gym one week, you get in the habit of
traveling with your resistant bands, creating a bodyweight circuit, or using
nearby benches and stairs to get a workout in. You learn to adapt instead of
self-destructing when your routine gets thrown off.