So you want better health? Who doesn't, right?
Most of us want to be healthier and really, creating better health is quite simple. But in this case, simple doesn't mean easy. If it was easy, wouldn't we all be enjoying greater levels of wellbeing? Probably. But look around. As a society (particularly in the Western world), we're definitely not a healthy bunch these days.
Our health is declining as rapidly and our waistlines are expanding. Just take a walk down the road. It's not a pretty scene. On a lot of levels, we are degenerating and deteriorating. Physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually, we're not well. That's on an individual level as well as a societal level. Of course we don't want to admit this. But, it's pretty obvious and it's pretty sad. So what is happening to our health and what can we do about it?
Like we said, creating better health is simple, but it's definitely not easy.
If you want better health - change your habits. We're getting sick because of poor lifestyle choices. Being healthy is about more than good luck. Sure there is always an exception to the rule. But for the most part, good or bad, your health is earned. Good habits generally result in good state of wellbeing and bad habits, bad.
Is your health really a priority for you? Just like anything in life, you need to make sure that your actions are congruent with your goals. Are your actions supporting your goals? Are your habits inline with your goals. It's no different with your state of wellbeing. If being healthier is your goal, then you need to continually ask yourself, "Are your habits supporting your quest for good health?"
Let's be honest with ourselves here, we generally know what we should be doing to improve and maintain our wellbeing. The problem is, we just don't do it. I've been a health professional since 1997. I've been obsessed with wellness and performance since my teens (I'm in my 40s now). For the most part, I know what I should be doing. Do I always do it? Unfortunately, no. It takes incredible strength and discipline these days to always do the right thing when it comes to our health. Everyday I'm continually asking myself, "Is this moving me toward or away from health?"
Better health is simple, start incorporating better, healthier habits into your daily routine. Start small and get some momentum. When you slip up, and unfortunately, you will, keep going. No one is perfect. Celebrate your victories. Also, thinking about adding things as opposed to taking things away. No one wants to deny themselves. As you add healthier foods, you'll crave less bad foods. Just keep adding the good. The more good habits you add, the less room there will be for bad habits.
As you start moving toward improved health, you'll start to notice better energy, better sleep, less aches and pains and better mental clarity, among many other many other positive benefits. Like we said though, it's not easy. Changing our habits and our lifestyles is incredibly tough. On a profound level, we're creatures of habit. When we get outside our comfort zone, we start to freak out.
So if you want better health, decide that it's a priority and start making healthier habits a part of your lifestyle today. Remember, your health is your greatest possession. It affects everything you do and everyone you know. Start with small changes and small goals. Keep adding the good. You will get healthier as a result and most importantly, your body will thank you for it.