There are many things in life that we do not have control over. Circumstances beyond our control can cause stress, heartache, financial setback, loss, and many other things. You can have the best intentions and put forth the best effort and still not reach a desired outcome. The difference with health and physical appearance is that those same efforts can lead to a desirable result if the work, discipline and consistency is applied.
Health issues regardless of what caused them can make achieving optimal health and pleasure with physical appearance challenging. This blog is not speaking to a person under those circumstances. If you are in relatively good health and do not have surmountable physical challenges the only thing standing in the way is you!
According to Women’s Marketing, the next trillion dollar industry globally is the Health & Wellness market space. It is dominated mostly by beauty and anti-aging product sales at $679 billion, followed by fitness and mind + body exercise ($390 billion) and health eating, nutrition and weight loss sales ($277 billion). It is great to see our society become more health conscious, but they are many still struggling.
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Stop blaming work, being busy, children, access to a gym, or anything else you contribute to getting in your way. I feel confident saying that because I’ve witnessed and worked with people and wondered how do they do it? With all the demands on their life they still find a way. The reason they are able to do that is because they decided to make their health a priority without compromising their responsibilities and other goals.
In the age of social media people share many aspects of their lives. That goes for fitness enthusiasts as well. There are great stories of transformations, what you don’t see is the work and discipline. One key difference between discipline and consistency is our will or desire. It is easy to be consistent with something you have a great desire for. If you love to read books, it takes little effort to set time aside to read. Discipline requires consistency but discipline is more than being consistent. Discipline is a bending and training of our wills and desires through doing things that aren’t already second nature. Until you adopt a healthy lifestyle for an extended period time and can appreciate the results, it won’t become second nature.
Do you look in the mirror with displeasure? Is your doctor telling you to improve your diet and be more active? Is the continuous frustration stopping you from getting motivated? You can’t get it all one day, but what you can do is start the process. Have a vision of your health and wellness goals. Everything you eat and activity or inactivity will bring you closer to that goal or will leave you stagnant or cause a setback. If you do not know where to start, seek a professional to help establish a plan. How you can fit exercise into your schedule. How to meal prep so you have healthy foods accessible that fit into your budget. It can be done, the question is are you willing to do what it takes?
Next week I will give practical tools to meal prep and exercise regardless of schedule or gym access.
Health and Wellness Consultant