What’s it going to take for you to start paying attention to your health & fitness?
A visit to the doctors? A bad blood test result? The thought of NOT being able to play with your children? A fall that prevents you from walking for months? A long-term illness? What is it going to take for you to finally take action and get yourself in shape, healthier?
For me, the one thing that manages to keep me moving in a healthy direction at all times is my daughter Mila. I’ve told the tale over and over about how even just one year of being off your game can mean a struggle back to normal.
My Secret Questions
So, what's my secret to getting back on track…I mean the real deal? I ask myself the right questions…ones that only push me in the direction of taking care of myself.
“Is this getting me to Mila’s 16th, 17th, or 18th birthday? Am I going to be dancing with her when she’s a teenager to our favorite songs? Do I get to see her graduate college? How long will I be able to walk with her on the beach? What if this my last night to give her a bath?” Sounds kind of morbid, I know…but it's how I keep myself honest and it keeps me engaged in every single moment.
I don’t think you should always be focused on the doom & gloom or consider all potential negative outcome, but I do think that you need to be a little tough on yourself when it comes to your health.
Your health is all you have. Your mental and physical health are the 2 most important things you have in your life. While many issues in both areas cannot be avoided and are often mysteries to us (and the medical community), it’s crucial that we do what we can to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
Does that mean you have to start pumping iron? I don’t know…maybe. Does that mean you have to go on a strict diet. Again, maybe—for each person it’s going to be a different answer.
What I do know is there are simple ways to live, laugh and love that will actually have an impact on your entire life.
Some of these simple steps to health might include:
- Holding hands with your spouse
- Paying attention to your child when they are whining
- Breathing in fresh air on a beautiful day
- Drinking water with lemon slices
- Laughing at your favorite TV show
- Running on the beach
- Taking a Yoga Class
- Hiking in the woods
- Stretching in your living room every evening
- Doing Sit Ups, Push-ups, Squats & Lunges when you wake up in the morning
- Taking 2 servings of vegetables at night instead of 0
- Reading a book on your patio
- You had tea instead of coffee.
- You had 1 extra glass of water.
- You walked up the stairs instead of the elevator.
- You tossed those chips that were in your office drawer.
- You didn’t drink diet coke.
- You took a walk instead of your normal “cigarette break”.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Even if you don’t have the energy or the time or the interest to figure it all out, it doesn’t take much of any of these qualities to take action and improve your life. The secret is taking enough small steps every single day. Once you do that and are consistently taking action, a snowball effect will occur and all the sudden you ARE a healthy person. You become someone who gives a crap about themselves and the people they love.
Become Who You Thought You Had No Interest Developing or Discovering.
As an experiment, this week – write down a few things you do every single day that make you happy, feel relaxed, feel better, feel proud, or anything at all that has a positive effect on you. Try to shoot for at least 3 things each day.
Include anything and everything that will contribute to your overall health.
If you reach the end of any day and realize you don’t have 3 things…well, get on it…I’m sure you have a few hours left in the day to feel good.
I know you have dreams–we all do. You have a vision of your life and maybe you are pursuing a career, building a business or looking for a good relationship, maybe you have a family.
Reality check: none of this matters at all…unless you start finding ways to bring better, healthier choices into your life.
Leave a comment below sharing your achievements for this week. You can even feel free to leave one every day if it helps you stay the course.
Also, if you’ve already experienced some sort of a-ha moment when it comes to your health, I’d love to hear from you too!
Be an inspiration to others just by sharing your own journey.
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