Achieving better health and fitness can be challenging for even the most dedicated of us, but when applied each day these top 7 rules for better health can help you to attain more of it, forever…
Remove the word ‘should’ from your vocabulary
Stop thinking you ‘should’ do something and actually do it or at least take some relevant steps to doing it.
Simply thinking about getting healthy and fit is not going to make it happen.
So, if you’re thinking about dropping some nasty body fat, eating better foods or simply leading an all round healthier lifestyle then just do it instead of just thinking that you ‘should’.
Face your fears head on
It is very common for people to be thinking they ‘should’ do something instead of just getting it done because they are scared of doing it. We all have our fears and on very different levels. One of those fears is change, and exploring the unknown.
Being scared of making lifestyle changes is a natural thing, it can be a daunting experience for many people to do things differently – but once you do it you will look back on your current situation a smile with pride and increased self respect that you have achieved something massive, and maybe even something you never thought possible.
Facing your fears is essential for achieving better health.
Think about yourself and meet your own needs
Are you too busy helping and advising everyone else around you that you’re actually neglecting yourself and your own needs?
Or maybe you are helping others to avoid taking on challenges of your own and stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Helping people is a great thing to do and offers many benefits, but it is critical you put yourself first and meet your own needs or you will suffer and remain stationary for the foreseeable future.
Give yourself some of your precious time, evaluate yourself and your own needs, and show yourself some attention for a change.
Open your mind to change
You have got to be prepared to change to achieve better health, no question about this.
Things need to stop and new habits need to be formed. If you are not prepared to do this then you will not improve, you will simply remain the same.
You don’t need to change all at once, lot’s of small changes over time will amount to one huge change – take it one step at a time.
Set yourself attainable goals
This is important. There’s no point setting goals that are totally unachievable and de-motivating, they need to be realistic and attainable. Achieve better health by giving yourself a chance.
Progress at your own pace
You may have a workout partner that can run faster, lift heavier and tire less quickly than you, but that’s cool there is no need to try and keep up or compete with them – doing so will only slow you down and prevent your progress as it distracts you from what you need to do.
Forget what everyone else around you is doing and go at your own pace.
You can use them to motivate you and even help push yourself a little but trying to run faster than you can or lift way more than you are able is only going to slow your development or injure you.
Appreciate where you are at today
Sometimes we can hit periods of de-motivation and downheartedness when we feel like we have been trying so hard and the results are not quite as good as we would like them to be.
It’s just about being patient and consistent and carrying on through these times.
This is when people see real results, when they achieve this and smash down the barriers.
If you feel like this, or ever do, just think about where you are today as opposed to where you was when you started.
Maybe its 12 months on from the start, maybe its 6 months, perhaps it just one month on or even just a fortnight or a single week – the point is you are so much better off than when you started.
Appreciate the progress you have made so far no matter how big or small it is.