In 30 seconds…
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 paddle boarding. 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 lives.
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 an exact behaviour 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 ADAPT.
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 resistance 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.
When you set extreme goals, you’re more likely to feel defeated if you “mess up.” When the expectations aren’t as intense, you are more likely to stay consistent and enjoy your journey. You don’t put that pressure on yourself to be perfect. If you eat something “bad” or skip a workout, you wake up the next day and get right back on track because now it’s just part of your lifestyle. This approach is much more attainable and leads to more consistency long term.