That’s a bold statement to make . . . but if you think about it – why are so many people going to the hospital for illnesses that could shave been prevented in the first place?
Issues like heart disease, pre-diabetes, diabetes, brittle bones, obesity/excess weight gain and poor circulation can either be prevented or lessen simply by getting motivated.
How does lack of motivation impact our health?
Because of a lack of motivation many of us don’t exercise and have a poor relationship with food.
The wide-spread use of electronic gadgets – hand-held games, lap tops, smart phones and even smart TV – and social media is causing many of us to become sedentary. Not to mention the bag of fast food and sugary soft drink that’s always nearby.
We are just not motivated to get up and move. These things cause us to get side-tracked from doing what’s important . . . like taking our health and well-being more seriously and having face to face interaction with real people.
The end result of not taking your health seriously is poor health. Unless you have been diagnosed with a serious health condition, things like poor circulation, pre-diabetes and a host of other ailments can be easily reversed or prevented simply by moving more, eating better and losing weight.
What’s holding you back?
So I will say it again . . . a lack of motivation is causing an outbreak of pre-diabetes and diabetes. If you are suffering from these diseases, or you know someone with it, then it’s time to make the change. You see – the best preventative is not taking expensive medication for the rest of your life, but a lifestyle change to include eating right and exercising.
Unfortunately many of us just don’t have that strong desire or drive to start exercising. We talk about it but do nothing.
You have to drill down to the root cause of what’s holding you back from starting an exercise program. Is it the lack of friendship? Or maybe confidence?
Did you know that being fearful of starting and committing to workout program is a major reason for a lack of motivation?
How to get and stay motivated to exercise
Since getting motivated to eat right and exercise is the main reason most people don’t start on a healthy lifestyle, I am giving you eight tips you can begin using today towards a healthier life.
- Get a workout partner – find a buddy or a family member to start with you – someone who can encourage you when you don’t feel like working out.
- Get a personal trainer or mentor to keep you on track – many trainers have heard all the excuses and a good PT knows how to keep you motivated.
- Studies have shown that if you can stick with it for at least three continuous weeks exercising will become easier . . . especially after you start seeing positive results. So, give yourself at least 21 days and you will start developing a new habit. One day at a time.
- Plug in your favorite music – something that gets you jazzed up. Every time you hear it you think about exercising
- Are you too embarrassed to put on your bathing costume in the summer or on vacation? Let that be an inspiration to get started today. If you begin a consistent lifestyle upgrade now, in ten weeks you can be twenty 20 pounds lighter.
- How many times each day do you see middle aged people looking older than their actual age. Think about enjoying quality of life as you age. Exercise will make you look younger and feel more energetic.
- Get a subscription to a health site or workout magazine. This has helped me in the past.
- Surround yourself with positive people who value a healthy lifestyle.
Be sure to visit with your doctor to assess your physical and mental health. If you are experiencing any depression or physical ailment then start on a program to heal yourself.
Pick any one or all of the above and get moving. Don’t let a lack of motivation put you in the hospital.