Physical health is a crucial foundation for life. If we don't have good health, we will not be able to live life to its fullness. For everyone that think they are healthy, you have a duty of care to look after your health and well being. You shouldn't neglect your health because you should be grateful for it. Remember, there are many people out there who are barely clinging on to life due to many health reasons. Their health limitations are caused by no fault of their own or they may have been born with it. So be grateful for your health and make sure to look after it. Think about the people that don't have the capability to live life like you.
Improving our physical well being means to find ways to optimise the way our body functions. This can include making sure we are eating the right foods. You want to put the best stuff into your body. We all spend a lot of money and time to service and maintain our cars and house, so why would we not spend the time to maintain our body? Be selective and mindful of what you put into your body.
Study the foods that you are eating each day to learn their nutritional benefits or negative effects on the body. Don't make the common mistake of opting for fast food just to fill you up. I started off by studying the food pyramid to learn the essential foods that I should be eating. For good health and to meet your daily vitamins requirements you need to have 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day. Defintely not easy if you live a busy life but totally possible. Each morning I would incorporate fruits, oats, milk, chia seeds and almonds into my breakfast shake. It is quick, easy and nutrionally balanced. This single breakfast provides me with the majority of my daily essential vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. There are many ways to make it work so you just have to try it out and see what works for you. Whatever you do, make small changes each time and stick to it for a few weeks before making more changes. Build that positive habit first. Slowly add vegetables to your diet, try to have some at each meal if possible. Then make sure you get enough calcium to prevent osteoporosis in later age as this is often neglected by many people. Learn to eat fish at least two to three times a week in order to provide enough healthy fats and omega 3. These healthy changes is totally possible. I went from eating out everyday to this diet with just small incremental changes. So this is totally possible for anyone. Worst scenario if you can't make it happen is to take the specific supplement that you need. If you don't like eating these essential foods then at least stop eating bad foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt. Have a go at making a change. You got nothing to lose. We study everything around us so why not spend time to study what we are about to put in our body.
Build positive habits to incorporate exercise into your life. This is something important that you will need to do for the rest of your life. Don't rush into it and push yourself too hard to the point where you don't ever want to exercise again. Focus on long term sustainability. Start slow and gradually build up your strength. Write down your goals and be specific so you will be more likely to stick to it and get it done. For example, in the first week I want to start exercising, I will complete 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will wake up 15 minutes earlier to allow time for my physical health. So I will only be contributing 45 minutes for my physical health but the benefits are exponential. Firstly, after this week I have been able to discipline myself to wake up earlier, secondly I have committed and completed my exercise goals and thirdly I am physically stronger than the previous week. At the end of the week, make sure to reflect on what you have achieved and pat yourself on the back. Then you can plan the next week. You now have a higher capacity to do more for your health. You could stick to this same routine for a few more weeks to gain more strength. If it was too hard, you could step it down to something that is more realistic for yourself. Or if you think you are ready, you could step it up. Remember to keep it sustainable for the long term. Be honest and realistic with yourself.
Our health is our most important asset. Without it we can't achieve anything. Therefore it is important to get our priorities right. To get a balance in life, we need good health. Think about what you are doing with your time each day. Take time out each day to prepare your food and to exercise. Think about it, how can we spend hours on our digital devices and not 15 to 30 minutes on exercise? Why would you not give yourself that time? You know the benefits so why would you not put in the work. So it is very important to get our priorities correct. It is better to prevent than to cure. With optimal health we are able to enjoy life to its fullness and minimise our risk of serious medical conditions . Not to mention that a healthy body will also be a great base to develop and improve your mental health and strength, a key attribute to having a balance in life.
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'My Back Story'
Having positive habits is a key to reach a fulfilling life. Why? Because when you have bad habits, you spend too much energy repairing the damage your habits have caused. Having good habits sets the foundation and all your energy will be directed towards your growth. It allows you to make the most of everything. It won't be easy to develop positive habits and I've learnt it the hard way through many trial and error.
What is your motivation? To have the inner strength to develop positive habits, you need to have a strong motivational factor. It is difficult and takes time so if you don't have the inner strength and self discipline then you won't be able to develop those habits. So first ask yourself why do you want to develop these habits? Write all your reasons down. I find that writing it down helps to materialize my thoughts and forces me to take responsibility for achieving it. My motivational factors for forming positive habits are health, time management and growth which in turn helps me to achieve all my definitions of success in life. I also want to develop positive habits in order to teach my children the same. It usually takes me about 2 weeks to form a habit. Majority of people have said 3 weeks but it could take you more or less time depending on your self discipline and depending on the habit you want to form. The constant variable in this case is having strong motivational factors which gives you the inner strength to keep pressing on.
'Define your success'
Reflect on what you are currently doing. Again, write down a list of all your negative habits that could potentially be switched into a positive habit. Make one change at a time and remember to take small wins and celebrate each success. For example, if you want to improve your health, start by looking at what you have for breakfast. If you don't have breakfast, aim to start having breakfast. If you have breakfast already, look at what foods you could take out or what foods you could include to improve your health. After you have positive habits for breakfast, you could then work on your habits for lunch and dinner. Eventually you will greatly improve your diet and ultimately health. This is just a simple example and you can bring this concept to everything you do in life. Other examples include habits in exercise, habits in spending, habits at work, habits at home, all this just to give you an idea of how powerful developing positive habits can be. Imagine you could get rid of all negative habits in every area of your life and turn each of them into a positive habit. How great would that be?
Stay committed and stay strong. Acknowledge to yourself that these new habits will be hard to form. It will take a lot of hard work, time and dedication. Set yourself this expectation so when you get knocked back you can pick yourself back up and keep pressing on. Do it over and over again everyday, eventually you will get there. Plan for failure so you will not be afraid of failure. You will only get stronger and stronger. Take small steps, one habit at a time.
Having positive habits not only allows you to grow but it also allows everyone around you to grow. Be a role model for your children and everyone around you. When you have positive habits, your children will also see this. They will pick up these habits and use it in their lives. A child is very intelligent and their brains are constantly learning. If they see positive they will be positive and vise versa. So be careful of the habits you are instilling in them, you may not even realise it. Your positive habits can also radiate to your friends, colleagues, and anyone you talk to. As you can see, you are capable of making a positive change not only in your life but in the lives of others around you.
Remember to find your motivation, reflect on your current habits, stay strong and be a role model. If I can do it, then you can also do it. Take small steps and celebrate each success.
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Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy
A millennial who grew up in Australia and is not afraid of hard work and dedication to overcome any challenge.