Our health and fitness levels are vital in order for us to lead a productive and satisfying lifestyle all round. Similar to finding the time to relax; our physical well being is also an aspect that gets pushed to the wayside frequently. We are all guilty of this to some extent as we tend to neglect our own well being for the sake of others and a never ending list of things to do.
There are many incentives for being pro actively healthy (the main ones with which I have summarized below), but one of the most important factors which is often forgotten is the mental impact it can have. Our self esteem and self image is directly linked to the level of motivation we have to take care of ourselves physically. Therefore, this ultimately influences how we consciously and sub consciously perceive ourselves as individuals.
Five Top Benefits Of Enhancing Physical Well Being
- Having control of our physique and weight
- Healthy/strong bones & internal organs
- Increased energy levels
- Elevates our mood
- Increases the chance of living longer
Today we live in a world where unfortunately our appearance is everything and determines in what light other people see us; too fat, too thin,too tall or too short, fashionable or unfashionable. This is a perpetual cycle which makes us feel pressurized to act and behave (and look) a certain way if we want to be accepted and considered as ‘normal’ in society.
If You Feel Good You Will Look Good…?
The truth is that being fit and healthy should have a lot more to do with how it makes us feel in the short term (as well as in the long term) and the positive advantages it can create. You may heave heard the expression ‘if you feel great on the inside, then you will look great on the outside’ which is actually scientifically proven. Having a ‘healthy glow’ or a ‘radiant smile’ has absolutely nothing to do with physical appearance or health. When we exercise, no matter how little, the body naturally creates chemicals called endorphins which is known for triggering a positive feeling in the body and central nervous system. It is also proven to reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. My point is that looking after our physical well being and the state of our bodies is not something we should feel we have to do because it is expected – we should do it because we love ourselves and our bodies enough to want to take care of both. Stuff what others say – physical well being is all about internal as well as external.
Do What Feels Right For YOU
Ok, now I’m not going to start lecturing you on what you should and should not be doing to increase your fitness, (after all I am certainly no gym fanatic!). Although, considering we are on the subject – I do have a few questions for you;
- Are you completely satisfied with your physique?
- Do you often feel tired and lethargic?
- Are there any health or fitness related goals that you have which you continuously procrastinate over? i.e. losing a few pounds, toning up, quitting smoking, or just simply exercising a little more and eating less junk?
Just think for a few minutes about what you would improve upon if you could. Now, I promised I would not give you a hard time about becoming healthier and I won’t. Only you know what is best for you right now given your daily routine and current circumstances.
Just A Quick Note
One thing I would like to share with you though is a brief story. A few years ago I was approximately 15 pounds heavier, I smoked like a chimney, and drank like a fish. Needless to say the concept of exercise and fitness was alien to me. I was diagnosed with bulimia from a young age so my weight was constantly up and down and my eating habits were nowhere near healthy.
Although my weight and attitude towards food will always be an ongoing battle which is something I have learnt to accept, I am proud to say that I no longer smoke on a daily basis (maybe the odd ciggie at a social gathering perhaps), hardly ever drink, and my weight is more under control than it has ever been – which is pleasantly surprising as I was concerned that no smoking would prove more of a challenge in maintaining my weight! How have I been able to achieve this? I woke up and took a note of my physical well being. Although, as easy as that sounds it didn’t start there…
A Simple Shift
Quite simply put it was a shift in mentality and a boost in my self esteem. I used to hate myself and therefore did not care about my mental, physical or emotional well being. One day something just snapped inside me and I decided I no longer wanted to feel that way. I wanted to be happier and I wanted to improve my quality of life and standard of living. You see – its very easy to say; ‘I want to be thin’ or ‘I want to stop smoking and be more healthy’ etc. but its the mentality and incentive behind your desire that determines the success of your results. I began by working on my insecurities and self respect before I attempted to break my habits. After tackling my deep rooted issues, only then was I able to make real changes around me… and guess what? It was easy. Learning to understand and accept myself for who I was – that was the biggest obstacle.
Just remember: it is not what other people think about you that matters. What matters more than anything is how you think and feel about yourself.
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