Stop making unhealthy choices if you know what’s good for you. Another weekend has come to an end. I hope you all enjoyed family and friends and still feel good about your healthy choices. But was it full of healthy choices or another weekend of bad unhealthy choices? Gaining short term pleasure at the cost of long term health. Spending too much money, drinking too much alcohol, eating fatty unhealthy foods, maybe a breakfast fry up and takeaway or two. Why is it some many of you completely forget about making healthy choices and massively binge on doing all the wrong things? No surprises surely that a weekend of bingeing can have disastrous effects on your health.
A healthy lifestyle is all about making the right choices and eliminating unhealthy lifestyle choices. Very simple!
Here’s my definition of a healthy lifestyle in one easy sentence:
“A healthy lifestyle is making the best daily life choices to preserve good health & wellbeing.”
An unhealthy lifestyle is defined as a lifestyle where a person engages in activities that are known to be detrimental to one’s health, such as smoking, not exercising regularly or enough, eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis, and not maintaining a healthy weight.
The choices you make every day will affect your overall health and longevity. Choosing a healthy lifestyle will lead to a longer, happier life with decreased risk of chronic illness. Making unhealthy choices could end up with you experiencing ill health or worse.
So every day we have a choice to live healthy or not. How many days do you make good choices, or are you normally making the wrong, bad ones?
You could choose to spend your free time today watching Television or alternatively you choose to spend one hour in the gym.
You choose to eat a greasy fry up for breakfast or alternatively you choose oatmeal and fruit.
Every time you’re thirsty you choose to drink coca cola or alternatively you choose water.
After a difficult meeting you choose to drown your sorrows with alcohol or alternatively you spend 30 minutes unwinding and relaxing through meditation.
There’s no getting away from the fact that a healthy lifestyle is dependent upon making the right personal choices. Every day you will be faced with hundreds of decisions, large and small, that will affect your health for better or worse.
We all know what we should do: eat more fruits and veggies; drink more water; move our bodies more and look at screens less. But how often do you stick to these healthy choices?
The first step in stopping your unhealthy choices is to determine what they are. Simply tracking the things you do will make you more aware of your behaviour identifying your bad unhealthy choices.
In the beginning your goal isn’t to judge yourself or feel guilty about doing something unhealthy or unproductive. The only goal is to be aware of when it happens and how often it happens. Wrap your head around the problem by being aware of it. Then, you can start to implement better choices.
Breaking bad habits takes time and effort, but mostly it takes identifying them, followed by making the decision to change, and finally showing the perseverance to implement your better choices. Most people who end up breaking their bad habits try and fail multiple times before they make it work. You might not have success right away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it successfully.
My illness forced me to make bad health choices and I paid the price physically and to a point mentally. We live in a world where it seems far easier to make unhealthy choices than healthy ones. It’s remarkably easy to fall into unhealthy routines.
- Eating junk food.
- Watching TV instead of going to the gym.
- Showing up to a job you hate every day.
- Biting your nails.
There’s no shortage of unhealthy and unproductive behaviours. And we all struggle with them from time to time.
But why? You want to live a healthy, fulfilling, and remarkable life. And every now and then you probably get really motivated and inspired to make a change. So how come it is more likely that this time next year you’ll be doing the same thing rather than something better?
Is your reason for doing it strong enough?
Think about the fact, that if you don’t do something about your lifestyle now, you’ll be forced to get rid of your unhealthy choices because of ill health. Too many people only start to take notice and take action only after becoming sick. Don’t be one of them.
Good lifestyle choices will lead to good health. So do yourself a favour and stop making unhealthy choices.
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Joyce Meyer