We have all heard the saying “how you do one thing is how you do everything”.
That tends to be true.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just consist of working out and eating right. It’s much more than that.
It’s a mindset.
A healthy lifestyle means that you have healthy habits in most places of your life.
You have positive habits for your relationships.
You have positive habits for work.
You have positive habits for your house.
And the list goes on.
When someone lives “a healthy lifestyle” you usually see some simple things in place like working out and eating right.
The things that go unseen are the rituals and habits that creates that healthy lifestyle.
Meal prep is a something that will lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Planning your day allows you to get things done and not be dictated to by external circumstances.
Scheduling your workouts and not leaving them to chance are signs of a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy relationships are important and I would argue that it is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Ultimately your habits will shape your lifestyle and that is why positive habits are so important.
This is a pretty solid definition of what a healthy lifestyle is:
“A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people’s health and well-being and overcome lots of stress. … Being healthy includes healthy eating, physical activities, weight management, and stress management. A healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet.”
I would argue that most people don’t live a healthy lifestyle. The numbers seem to back me up with 70% of the population being overweight and 42.9% obese.
Many times, when people want to make a change, it starts with “I want to lose weight” so they start a diet or join a gym.
Inevitably they quit within a month.
In my opinion the reason for this is that they don’t look at the whole picture. They are looking at the micro (weight loss) instead of the macro (lifestyle).
It’s fine to have a goal of losing 20 pounds but you have to look what habits you need to change other than just better food choices.
These questions need to be asked:
How am I going to get workouts in?
What is the best nutrition plan for me and how do I find it?
Do I get enough sleep?
Do I have a solid support system in place?
What bad habits do I need to replace with good ones?
This is just an example of some questions that need to be answered but you get the idea.
The best place to start is with a decision.
Decide to change your lifestyle.
Decide you want to be better than you are today.
Decide that a healthy lifestyle is the ticket to getting what you want.
Once you have decided you will be amazed at what opportunities show up to help you out.
Will there be challenges along the way? Sure.
Will it be worth it?
I think so.