The Challenges of Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
Today, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle. Just go online and you will find many online articles about the healthy lifestyle, the right kinds of food to eat, and any kind of info that you need on this subject matter. 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. Many people are simply unable to control themselves in their eating habits and harmful behaviors despite the many warnings that have been given and understood by them. 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. So, where does the problem lie?
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. People will choose an instant reward anytime if asked to decide between that or something that can be had in the future which is far better than the instant one. Even if the future reward is a better one, they can’t wait and will choose the instant one readily.
Applying this case to health, anything you do to benefit your body will not be seen immediately. While you know that it is not good to be overweight, dieting and exercise puts you off when you think of feeling hungry afterwards, getting tired and sweaty and having you deny yourself treats for a long time. 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. The failure of many people in achieving the healthy lifestyle is because of this.
One way to help yourself is to give something to gratify yourself while you are doing your health plan. It is not really impossible to gain health benefits while laying aside instant gratification. There is no single solution to overcoming the problem of gratification perception. You can try some methods to do this. In your health plan, add a bit of instant gratification. If, then, you are able to achieve a health goal, do something to motivate yourself. You can start reducing rewards as you get used to your new habits.
Rewarding yourself with food is a no-no. This can help you overcome the need for self gratification.