Posted by Cindy Dobroskay on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Under: Motivation
- What do you want in your life that you don’t have now?
- Are you willing to make changes in your lifestyle and maybe attitude to get what you want?
- What is your motivation?
I hope better health is at the top of your list. Of all the things we could change about our lives, this is the one that will affect how well we live and age.
What Is Health?
Health is a combination of healthy eating, physical fitness (cardio, muscle training, flexibility), balanced stress, sleep, and disease resistance.
Genetics, or inherited traits play a role in determining our state of health. But this can encompass both the predisposition to certain diseases and health conditions, as well as the habits and behaviors passed down through the lifestyle of their families – also referred to as the “nature versus nurture” debate.
Our environmental conditions (social, economic and physical) also have an influence on our health status, and although we don’t have total control over our environment, we do have some. We have no control over our genetic makeup but we do have control over the habits we inherited. We have total control over our lifestyle choices. And that’s where we can make a difference for ourselves. Our lifestyle choices can often override the factors we have no control over.
Focusing more on lifestyle issues and their relationships with functional health, data from the Alameda County Study suggested that people can improve their health through
- enough sleep
- maintaining a healthy body weight
- limiting alcohol use
- avoiding smoking
These things are actually among the most popular of New Year’s Resolutions, with weight loss at the top of the list.
If you have problems making your New Year's Resolutions last, check out the blog on "Why New Year's Resolutions Fail and How to Set Goals that Lead to Success".
No matter what your current state of health is right now, you have control to change and improve it, or lose it. It is your choice. How important is it to you? This will determine how successful you are at change. A strong motivating factor for many people is a diagnosis from their doctor and a verdict that necessitates change. Will you wait until then? Why not choose to live with energy and vitality every day instead of mere survival. What is your choice?
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