The Challenges of Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
Today, people are more conscious of fitness and health. Media and online sties today are full on info on the healthy lifestyle, the right kinds of food to eat, and whatever you need to know on achieving this kind of lifestyle. Despite of these literature and all the warnings given to us, there are still a lot of people who fail in their attempt at becoming fit and healthy. We have received plenty of warnings of eating high-calorie diets and engaging in harmful behaviors, yet we still eat these foods and engage in these behaviors. Many people have tried but failed. What this shows us is that, for many people, it is a difficult task to achieve a healthy lifestyle and also the reason why sicknesses still prevail today. Why are so many people failing to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
The difficulty in adopting healthy behaviors lie in the psychological influence of gratification. We are people who are impatient to see results instead of waiting until we see one. Even if you are promised a better thing in the future, people will choose an instant reward over it. Even if the future reward is a better one, they can’t wait and will choose the instant one readily.
If we apply this to being healthy, the reality is that you cannot immediately feel the effects or the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. You know that dieting and exercise is good for you if you are overweight, but then you will not attain the results immediately and when you think of the hunger that you will feel, or the tiredness of your body , and denying yourself of treats, then you immediately give up on your goals and be as you are. You don’t do your dieting and exercising even though you know it is good for you since you will not see any benefit immediately. And this is the reason why many people fail to achieve the healthy lifestyle.
The best solution to this problem is to apply the element of instant gratification to your health plan. Just remember that it is not impossible to lay aside instant gratification to gain health benefits. Gratification perception can be overcome in different ways. You can try some methods to do this. In your health plan, add a bit of instant gratification. Motive yourself by gibing yourself a reward whenever your health goal is achieved. As you get used to your new habits, you can start reducing your rewards.
Don’t make a mistake of rewarding yourself with food items that will go against your health goals. With these rewards, you can have self gratification while achieving your health goals.