The modern day approach to improving health is all about quick-fixes.
I understand the desire for immediate change. I mean, what else is to be expected from a culture centered around immediate gratification of our desires?
But, if you actually want to make lasting, meaningful change in your lifestyle & circumstances, you've got to recognise that fixation on short-term outcomes will often lead to unsustainable results.
If it's long-term change you're after, improving health ought to become a priority. And good health doesn't happen overnight - it's an ongoing process requiring long-term commitment.
Prioritise Your Health
The first step is to outline the significance your health holds to you. For change to be happen, there needs to be a real sense of commitment & understanding as to why you want it, along with a recognition that to improve it, you'll need to begin treating it as a priority.
That’s not to say you need to be running marathons, working out 7-days a week, and tracking every last calorie that you put into your body. Nobody should do that.
But, what you ought to be doing is outlinig small lifestyle adaptations that will actually be conducive to you achieving change - and then acting on them.
For instance, increase your activity levels by going on regular walks, improve your diet by being more mindful of what & how much you eat. Changes don’t need to be drastic - if they are they probably won’t be sustained. Instead, make small adjustments to your daily life & progressively increase them over time. Build the daily practice of taking your health & well-being into consideration.
Whilst health is comprised of a multitude of different factors, it can be helpful to break it down into some broad categories, for example: Sleep, Stress, Activity, & Diet.
Each of these are an integral aspect to our overall health & well-being. Therefore, to achieve long-term health, it’s necessary to make a commitment to optimising each aspect. Here's some quick advice on how to do that:
Shift Your Perspective
Shift your perspective and focus on the long-term. There are no shortcuts when it comes to improving health.
Being caught-up in what you want to achieve in the short-term will rarely lead to long-term change & improvements and will likely leave you dissatisfied.
Recognise that the only way to achieve sustainable results is by adopting a long-term approach, which, as mentioned earlier, involves making lifestyle adjustments.
Don't overly fixate on the outcomes you hope to experience. Take each day as it comes, focusing on achieving small wins and enjoying the process.
Christian Lawal Personal Training.
Personal training in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Sevenoaks.