Have you ever had a day where no matter what you do you still end up feeling bad. This bad feeling can go on for days and sometimes weeks. Maybe on the weekend you feel great but even on those days it can still be a hit and miss. On a rare occasion though for some reason you feel amazing and you don’t know why.
The truth is it’s your health. I am not talking about eating vegetables and working out, that is just half of it. The other half is handling your stress and sleeping effeciently, notice I said efficiently. I know you’re probably thinking that you already know this but have you ever heard of the saying “Knowing and not doing is the same as not knowing”. I mean if you already know it then why aren’t you at your goal yet? It’s most likely because there is something you aren’t doing and that’s okay. One of the first steps to change is to be conscious of what to change.
To be healthy, you must first define what being healthy means to you. It could be having a peace of mind when you look in the mirror. To most it is sitting then looking down and not seeing their belly roll over their belt. To some it is being able to clean their home without feeling pain or being out of breath. Whatever it may be it needs to be defined clearly. After finding out what health means to you then you need to change for specific reasons or else why are we changing? We don’t become healthy just because. We don’t buy a car just because we want one, we buy it because we need to go places faster. You should have the same approach with your health. A great question to ask is “How will health make my life better?”.
Here are some reasons, I also squeezed some tips for you.
1. It will improve your social life Have you ever seen the movie “Gladiator” where Russel Crowe played Maximus Desimus Meridius? Well, Maximus is a prestige general of a Roman legion. He has gone through great lengths to acquire his position. His character in the movie showed courage, loyalty, focus and is unfazed even in the faces of his obstacles. He is confident that he can overcome anything put in his way. Now, I am not saying you have to be like that but can you imagine have all those? What would your life look like? How would others see you? How would you be in a social setting when you talk to your boss, colleagues or that person you’ve been wanting to talk to? Being healthier not only improves your physicality but also improves you mental confidence because you go through obstacles when you are striving to be a better you. When you overcome these challenges then you get your prize, self-belief. Which is what you are really after, is it not?
2. Your performance/productivity
Most times doing more is actually doing less and doing less...well you get the picture. Let me explain, how do you feel going to work with only 4 hours of sleep? Now, how do you feel going to work with 8 hours of sleep? You may say that you still feel the same then that is because You aren’t recovering properly. Perhaps you are getting the sleep that you need but are you getting the quality of it? Once again, health isn’t just about eating more healthier foods or working out more. How you recover play a huge part in being able to perform at a high level to get faster results in less time. There is a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln that goes “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Imagine getting the same or better results in half the time. Heck, even LeBron James spend $1.5 million a year on his body. The point is if you want to show up better at your job and even with your relationships then focus on resting.
3.Exercise is better than pills. Here is the thing, pills are a quick fix which can get addicting but forming habits around exercise will last you a lifetime. Pills can
get expensive especially in the end. I am pretty sure you know someone in your family that has been taking pills for a long time and now needs surgery because those same pills they were taking are not working anymore? Think about the cost of that, the time, the money, the pain and all the great experiences lost in between those. However, I am not going to tell you that forming exercise habits are free because they’re not. They also come at a price, you need to put in time, effort and money into becoming your healthiest self. The only difference is that you pay your dues upfront instead of later. The question is “where would you rather invest your energy, now or later?”. I would assume that you‘d pick the latter.
Whether it‘s to improve your social life, be productive day to day or just to avoid pills you must know your reason to improve. Otherwise when times get tough then you won’t have a reason to keep going. It’s like seeing something you like when you’re at the mall, it may seem nice at first but once you see how expensive it is then you forget all about it. You must have a strong purpose for why you need to be better. What is your why?