Waiting to get healthy is quite common. With January approaching in a few days, getting healthy is likely a goal for many of you. But why wait until January to start something so important? Why not get healthy now?
Getting healthy is a daunting task. I like to describe it as climbing Mount Everest. It’s not easy. It’s fun and exciting at first, then it hurts and you have no idea how or why you wanted to do it in the first place. Between starting a new exercise regime, eating healthy foods that taste foreign to you and cooking new, unrecognizable meals it’s overwhelming to say the least. It’s no wonder many people put off making healthy lifestyle changes as long as possible. I’m going to give you 5 reasons why you should stop waiting to get healthy and why you need to start now.
By putting off changes, you’re putting off the inevitable. It isn’t until poor health catches up with you dictating you have to get healthy or else that people actually do it. But then you’re at the mercy of a doctor’s orders, potential lifelong medications with nobody-knows-what side effects and a massive lifestyle overhaul. That’s a lot to deal with.
Your body is like a car. It needs gas, oil and regular tune ups to keep it humming along. If you stop putting oil in the car, it stops working and you’ve done damage to your car that could have been prevented. Our bodies are no different. They need good nutrition and regular fitness to stay tuned and healthy. Ask yourself this. If my body clunks out, what am I left with? Not much, it’s a car without a motor so you won’t be going far.
Your health is #1
Your body and your health is number one. When you write a to-do list, you put the highest priorities at the top, right? Your health and fitness deserves to be at the top. This will determine your quality of life later on. Quality of life affects your emotional, mental and physical well being. That should be number one, not number two, three or four and definitely not something to be placed on the back burner.
Even when life is busy, there is always time for a 30 minute workout 5 days a week. It’s about making you a priority and setting a no excuses routine. And everyone has to eat so that’s simply a matter of choosing to eat the right foods.
Deadlines do not work
How many times have you told yourself I’m going to start my diet Monday? After the holidays? After vacation? When you do this, you’re subconsciously making excuses as to why you cannot make changes. Changes you know you need to make.
Did you know only 8% of people succeed at their New Year’s resolutions and 75% of people fail within the first week? What does that tell you? It tells you deadlines do not work. Setting a milestone for yourself is an excuse to overindulge and to avoid changing habits. Stop setting yourself up with parameters as to why you can’t start because it’s an excuse and start finding ways to make it happen.
Waiting does not make you healthy
Anytime I’m struggling with starting something I ask myself “why haven’t I started?” Try asking yourself this question with regards to your health. This is the hardest question for most people to answer when it comes to anything they’re avoiding.
I’ve discovered that putting my health at the top of my to-do list before any other daily activity makes me a better person. I feel better and I accomplish more in my day. That’s not to say I always want to workout but after talking myself into it doing it, I feel like a million bucks. Never have I ever regretted making a workout a priority.
We all know the benefits of eating right and exercising and how important it is, yet we procrastinate (or make excuses). I procrastinated writing this post but had I not made it a priority, it would never have gotten done. If you’re really ready to do it for yourself, you will.
There is no better time than now
Forget the excuses — that you don’t know how to exercise, you need to get fit before you go to a gym or you’re too busy. Try telling yourself it can’t wait another day, another month or another year. Feeling better and taking care of your body should be the reason you stop procrastinating.
There is no better time to start your health journey than now. Not Monday, not after the holidays, not after vacation, not after January 1st. Start now so you can focus on others things in January like saving money and planning vacations. Start now because putting it off may be doing you more harm than good. Start now because your health is number one.
What are you putting off right now and WHY?
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