Eating & Exercising are almost all what you need for living healthy.
I know that this is not the first time you hear that. And in fact, that’s what makes the topic of healthy living puzzling!
If we all know that the formula for living healthy is that easy – just eat healthy food and exercise daily – why most people fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There are three main reasons:
1. Not Enough Time:
That’s probably the biggest reason of all. In the fast paced lifestyle that we are engaged with, we can’t find time for ourselves and our beloved ones, let alone find time to prepare a healthy meal. So, the junk food option is always more convenient and more tasty.
We are so busy doing things that don’t really matter and then we complain that we can’t find time to take care of our health.
If you borrow 30 minutes from your TV time and go for a short walk around the block, you’ll feel much better.
2. Lack of Compelling Reasons
Although the importance of living healthy is clear to everyone, it never finds its way to our daily lifestyle.
That’s simply because the reasons you have are not compelling enough to motivate you to get out of your comfort zone and make healthy choices.
To find more compelling reasons, you need to read more about the importance and the essence of healthy living.
Many people mix between weight loss programs (or diet) and healthy living. And there is a big difference.
People whose goal is to lose weight usually fail, because they feel deprived from what they like to eat. But, those who embrace a healthy living mindset consciously and gladly make healthy choices, because they know that it is good for their overall well-being.
Unfortunately, some people start to pay attention to healthy living after they are diagnosed for cancer or have complicated health issues!
What’s even more surprising is that most people make very few changes to their lifestyle, even after suffering something really scary like cancer or a heart attack.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2008) found that out of 9,000 cancer survivors, only a few had switched to a healthier lifestyle.
Another study published in the American Heart Journal (2007) followed over 1,200 men and women who were overweight and had experienced a heart attack. And a year later, those people had lost only 0.2 percent of their body weight!
3. Lack of Reliable Information
The majority of people lack proper knowledge of what it takes to have optimum health, and hence they don’t know how to go about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They don’t have a clear simple plan to follow.
For you, healthy living looks like an overwhelming task that you don’t even know how to start.
Moreover, due to the huge ocean of information out there about health and well being, we are paralyzed and don’t know where to find RELIABLE information to follow.
Here are two simple actions you can take today to start living healthy:
1. Follow Dr. Weil’s advice
One of the best books to read on the topic of healthy living is “8 Weeks To Optimum Health”.
I found this book to be the easiest and most practical healthy living plan. You’ll find a lot of motivation, scientific facts and a step by step plan for optimum health. I’m currently following the 8 week plan and will share with you the results periodically.
The best thing about Dr. Weil’s plan is that it covers your whole well-being: Mind, body and spirit. It is not only about the food you eat, it also takes into consideration you mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
2. Wake Up Early
The few hours you will spend alone before the rest of the world wakes up are the most precious hours of the day, and you’ll soon get addicted to it.
You’ll find time for mental health by reading, physical health by exercising, emotional health by listening to your favorite music and spiritual health by praying or meditating.
You can check my post 50 Ways to Wake Up Early and Start Your Day Fresh for simple tips to become an early riser.
Since I became an early riser, my life became 10 times more productive and joyful.
Try to apply these two tips and you’ll thank me for the amazing results you’ll experience.
Healthy living is all about choices.
You either choose short term pleasures or long term gains.
If you don’t see quick results from making healthy choices today, be patient and don’t fallback to the choices that provide you with immediate gratification.
Would you choose living longer with a good health or living shorter with complicated health issues?
It’s your choice.
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