The Challenges of Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
If you haven’t still noticed, a lot of people are becoming more and more conscious of the food they eat and the condition of their bodies. 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. Despite the warnings and despite our understanding of the warnings, there are still a lot of people who eat high-calorie diets and engage in harmful behaviors like taking drugs and drinking alcohol. It seems that people who have set their heart at doing the right things have found themselves unable to attain their goals. This indicates that achievivng a healthy lifestyle is a difficult thing to do which is also evidenced by the increasing stress-related sicknesses that people experience today. Why are so many people failing to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
The influence of gratification is the main cause of this failure. We don’t want to wait for a long time to see results but we want to ratify ourselves immediately after we have done something good. A lot of people today, if asked to choose between an instant reward over a better one promised in the future, will quickly choose the instant one. The problem with people is that they want everything now and they can’t wait for something that will still happen in the future even it is a far better reward than what you can have now.
Applying this case to health, anything you do to benefit your body will not be seen immediately. People know what is good for them; the problem is that they don’t want to give up on the nice things which will only results in an unhealthy lifestyle. 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.
Applying instant gratification to your health problem can be a solution to this problem. Just remember that it is not impossible to lay aside instant gratification to gain health benefits. Overcoming the problem of instant gratification can be done in several ways. There are many tricks that can help you overcome this. One of the ways you can do it is by adding a bit of instant gratification to your health plan. If, then, you are able to achieve a health goal, do something to motivate yourself. As you get used to your new habits, you can start reducing your rewards.
Don’t ever reward yourself with food items. This can help you overcome the need for self gratification.