A lot of people tend not to think about their personal health in life until it is too late until they get sick or ill. Then they are doing anything they can to get better. And once they get better, it starts all over again. That can lead to larger problems, as our body needs time to recover, and due to a fast lifestyle, we are denying our body this.
Risk Of Not Prioritizing Your Health
What is health? We can say health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not just the absence of disease. Did you notice it? Physical, mental and social wellbeing. So when we think about our health, we aren’t just talking about not being sick. We are talking about being healthy in general, overall.
And, if you think, someone can say: “Oh I am healthy” in a term person doesn’t suffer from any disease. But, that same person sits on a couch at home, watching tv, living a very sedentary life, not socializing. Can we call that person healthy? Would you consider someone with that style of living healthy?
That kind of life will sooner or later lead to overweight, due to sedentary life. That will lead a person to maybe start feeling depressed, as he/she noticed that clothes aren’t fitting anymore, or movement and daily life is starting to get harder. Then there can come dark thoughts, fall in despair, starts to close inside, social life will suffer.. See the pattern here?
So what risk are we talking about then?
- Lack of physical fitness – less focus when it comes to our own physical fitness.
- Little or no focus and motivation – we mentioned the cycle of unhappiness, how it can lead to depression or even mental illness
- Risk of long term health problems – obesity, high blood pressure, CVD
- Risk of relationship problems – with all effects already rolling, a person will become unhappy and that will reflect on friends, family, relatives.
Ignoring Your Health Long Term
People usually have a list of priorities in their life, written ones or as life guidance. And in the majority of cases it looks like this:
- Social life
…and then at some point comes Health. So they put themselves as one of the last priorities. And what happens eventually?
Increased stress, poor energy, problem sleeping. That can lead to muscle breakdown, loss of fitness, health problems, life problems and eventually, serious risk and severe depression. Then, everyone around you, your family, your friends, colleagues at work, they all got the worst version of you.
You get the worst version of you! A worst, most stressed, most unfit version of you. Who wants to be the worst version of self? I don’t think anyone wants that to be, right? But when you put yourself last, that’s what is happening. That’s what WILL happen.
What you have to do to avoid becoming the worst version of yourself is to prioritize your health. That will:
- Gives you daily focus – Start your day with a specific focus. Example: “I’m gonna do 10 minutes workout, gonna work on my biceps, triceps Monday and Tuesday, back and shoulders Wednesday and Friday”. Then you have very specific goals set up for days.
- Reduces stress – When we exercise, that increases our serotonin and dopamine, our good hormones, pleasure hormones, and that helps us to reduce cortisol in our system, reducing stress hormone.
- Improves physical fitness – How? By getting you fitter and stronger. The fitter and stronger you are, the better you feel. GUARANTEED! It is not a coincidence that when in great shape, you feel great
- Improves mental health – It gives us confidence from results, teaches you how much potential you have, you realize how much you can put that daily focus in that 5, 10, 15 minutes of your exercise. And if you do that, then you can implant it in your everyday life as well. Put in the work, and you get results!
- Teaches priority planning – Helping you to understand how to improve all areas of life and manage stress. If you manage to prioritize a few workouts a week for the importance of feeling better, and improving your life as a whole, does that not teach you a bit of time manager? Does that not teach you better goal setting? Does that not teach you how to really achieve results everywhere? I think it does…
When we think about long term goals, how do we get them? How do we achieve long term goals? This simple steps will help you in that:
- Pick realistic goals – Pick a goal, realistic goal, but same time BIG one. Something that scares you, something that you think almost you can’t do it, but you know if you really put work in it, you will.
- How bad you want it – on a scale from 1 to 10, how bad you want it? IT HAS TO BE 10! If it is not 10, you won’t prioritize it in your life. Maybe 9. If it is 8, YOU WON’T GET THERE! Simple as that.
- What you need to do daily – once you picked your goal, your 10, you have to research what you need to do on a DAILY bases to reach that goal. A simple example: You want to write a book. 12 chapter book. On a monthly bases, you need to write 1 chapter. Great! What do you need to do in a week? 1/4 of a chapter, let’s say 7 pages. Excellent! And what do we need to do on a daily bases? Exactly, write 1 page each day! And that’s it! It’s that simple! You take your monthly goal, break it down into weekly, break it down into daily, and now you know exactly what you need to do on a daily bases to reach that long term goal. It’s doing daily goals that will lead you to your 10!
- Schedule short term goals into your life – stick with them, prioritize them in your daily life.
- Track results and use visualization – end of the week, did you get your 7 pages? End of the month did you get your 30 pages?
Rewards For Prioritizing Health
In conclusion, let’s see what rewards will be if we prioritize our health.
We will optimize our physical fitness, will be able to improve our focus and motivation, we’ll be able to develop a growth mindset of ourselves and family, friends and work relationships will improve.
And at the end: expect more from your self! Because trust me, YOU CAN DO IT! Expect more from your life, your job, your fitness, and you will do better with them. I believe you will, so why don’t you?
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Looking forward to seeing your comment and till next time, remember, your body deserves best, and so do you!