By reaching this page I will assume that you have a busy life and have a hard time getting fit and losing weight. So I want to share with you 3 very simple approaches that I use to turn every day of my life into a step towards a healthier and happier life.
Christmas is upon us and while it is a great time it is also a challenging time because there is so much to do. This step is all about embracing these good times and learning precisely how to use them as a time to grow stronger and healthier instead of getting weaker and heavier.
Right now I am really tired which also means grumpy. It took me a long time to realise but being grumpy is often simply a sign that I am tired which happens a lot because I push myself really hard most of the time. I’m very much the type A personality and so I spend most of my time trying to reign in my energy. Today I am tired because:
- I work full time,
- have a wife
- and 3 year old son,
- his birthday is coming up,
- so is christmas,
- I have a ton of DIY to do,
- I’m building this blog
- and the resources behind it
- and a ton of other things.
Does this sound anything like your life, too much on and not enough time, energy or resources. Until I asked you might not have quite appreciated all that is on your plate. I often forget but once I remind myself I realise I should be proud of how much I actually achieve each day. Instead of trying to cram in even more I have learnt to adjust my workload to how I feel.
This is where the first concept comes in. Over the decades that I have studied health the overwhelming message has been that you must choose between being happy or healthy but I haven’t studied for that long simply to accept this. Instead I have spent the time learning how to be both incredibly happy and incredibly healthy. I will admit that I am still learning but I have now proven to myself that I can do both which is why I am now ready to share what I have learnt.
So I live by the principle that you only get good at what you do regularly so it is important that your road to health begins with your road to happiness. You figure out what makes you happy and I will show you how doing that can make you healthy. This journey may take a while but the destination is guaranteed to be where you want to be.
So in light of this philosophy, tonight I will take care of myself and do something purely for me. I’m a big fan of House of cards right now and it is a perfect escape for me because I forget about everything else. Too often I used to do things that wouldn’t distract me enough but House of cards really gets me focused and relaxes me. You may not realise it but your body can only properly recover from any stress when it is relaxed enough for long enough.
This is the key reason so many health and fitness programs fail because the people doing them simply get burnt out, they lose all desire to carry on. When I worked in a gym it wasn’t coming up with a fitness plan that was the challenge it was keeping people motivated and it is exactly the same with weight loss or any other health challenge.
If you make it fun then you will want to do it and do it well. If it stops being fun then you need to reinvent it so that it is fun. This is the first and most important lesson because fixing any problem is much easier and less effort when you make it fun. So of course I now have a long list of things that I can do when I need to play, and recharge my batteries.
I also put play as the first key to being healthy because a healthy life is one where you enjoy life regularly, and it is best when your enjoyment can also make you healthy. So over time I have taken things a step further and learnt many many ways to get my health kick out of my play. Today that involved Tennis at lunch followed by some gorgeous food I am learning to make.
What I would love to hear about is what your idea of play is? What kinds of things do you love doing or really want to do but don’t? Do you love:
- Lying on the beach
- Seeing a film
- Food, food, food
- A good book
- something else
Let me know in the comments section below. Finding out how to turn a play day into a health day without removing the play is the kind of challenge I like. The first step though is just putting into words those things that make up your perfect life.
Have fun telling me what they are. If you don’t want to write them here then please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the social options at the top of the page.
In part 2 of this 3 part series I talk about competing demands