There is no shortage of information about health trends on the internet today. A seemingly endless number of products and services are available at our fingertips. Each one has its own claims. Some tell us we'll drop 'X' inches from our waist in six short weeks. Others state that we'll gain an extra truck load of energy and look ten years younger. Marketing campaigns remind us of our insecurities or of our desire for a healthier and happier life.
It's easy to get drawn in and believe that one product or service can be the answer to everything. Many of these products and services are 'quick fix' solutions. The reality is however that optimal health is a long term thing. It's not something to be focused on for a few weeks and then forgotten about. It's a lifestyle principle that requires consistent positive efforts day in and day out. Small, sustainable changes should be an important focus.
In order to determine what these changes are, certain principles need to be followed.
We need to have knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Knowledge includes things like understanding healthy food choices. Skills include things like being able to cook, or prepare healthy food.
We need to understand and be able to implement planning and preparation. Action is what results from successfully planning and preparing for a healthy lifestyle.
Barriers to success must be identified and a strategy should be put in place for when slip ups occur.
Support is needed from those around us and we must clearly understand our internal drivers in order to be successful.
Health should always be personalized. We are all unique and will respond differently to food and exercise. However, the tendency can be to jump on board with whatever our friends are doing and hope it works for us too.
Health should be approached in a holistic sense. We need to take a look at the relationships between its different parts. These include healthy eating, movement, stress, sleep, thoughts and relationships.
We need to be empowered to recognize and take action from signals that our body provides us with.
It's time to realize that optimal health is a long term game. There are no silver bullets, but step by step we can all move closer to a healthier lifestyle. Start by getting free, personalized holistic health and fitness articles delivered to your inbox. Alternatively, you can download this free body weight exercise pdf to get yourself moving anytime, anywhere.
Learn more about Elly.
Elly has been inspiring people to make sustainable changes to their health, fitness and lifestyle for the past 15 years. She offers online solutions for people who are looking to get started on, or improve their health and fitness. She blogs regularly, writes for a number of health and wellbeing publications and is the published author of a holistic weight loss book.
Elly is mum to a spirited three year old girl, and along with her partner Colin they embrace a digital nomad, world schooling lifestyle.
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