How Investing in Your Health Pays Dividends
The old saying, “You get out what you put in” is a great little motto to remember when striving to achieve anything you value in life.
If you are serious about learning another language, you cannot practice 5 minutes a day and expect to be fluent in three months. Same goes with your health and fitness. Spend five minutes a day, and not much will change.
The great thing about investing time in your health and fitness is the return. Invest 45 minutes a day, three days a week and reduce your chances of getting heart disease or cancer by over 40%. You will sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress, lose body fat, reduce your resting heart rate and live longer.
Invest 45 minutes a day, five days a week and 30 minutes in the evening to prepare a healthy dinner and some well balanced meals for the following day and all of the above PLUS the body you have always wanted can be available to you.
I do not know of any other investment of ones time that gives a return that has so many short and long term benefits.
Here are a few steps towards achieving your health goals.
Step one. Decide WHY?
You need to ponder the real reasons why investing time and effort in your health and fitness is important to you. You don’t learn a new language just because. You learn it so that you can benefit from what the skill will allow you to do. It might be to confidently travel a certain region. It might be to impress or communicate better with a love interest. What ever the reason, you make a decision to give your focus and time to advancing in what you set out to achieve. Deciding to create and maintain a healthy body is no different.
Maybe you want to be healthy so that you can live longer and have much better quality time with your children and family. It might be to become fit enough to travel the world and see it’s many beautiful sights? Maybe to get off blood pressure medication or manage diabetes so that you live longer and have a much better quality of life? Or do you just want a body that is smoking hot to attract the opposite sex? What ever it is, it has to be important to you and most importantly, have meaning and purpose.
Step two. Know clearly what your goal is.
Then visualize yourself in vivid colorful images of how you would like to look and how life will be different once you have acheived this goal. I usually do this last thing at night before I sleep and first thing in the morning. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between what is real and what is not. If you can go there in the mind, you can go there in the body.
Step three. Make YOUR health a priority.
Understand that without it, you are nothing. With bad health, you are restricted and burdened. Not only does bad health and chronic disease affect you, but it also affects your family and loved ones who care for you.
Your health must become number one priority in your life. Yes it may take some of your time, but I guarantee the time you spend, will bring ease and grace to every other area of your life. Life is to be enjoyed!
Step four. Plan it.
Get advice on what you need to eat and how much exercise you need to do to achieve your goal and then follow it. The old 80/20 rule applies here. Be good and stick to the plan 80% of the time and give yourself 20% leeway. The key is having a plan, a base line so you know what “good” and “not so good” looks like. The Ketofast program provides you with that structure so that you do not have to stress about knowing how to eat and what to eat.
Step five. START!
You have made the decision, you know what your goal is, what good and not so good looks like and have made your decision to be healthy a priority. Now you just have to put your plan into action and start. It might be to just go for a ten minute walk tomorrow and using stevia instead of sugar in your coffee. Every step forward is one step closer to your goal as it consolidates new formed habits.
What ever you want in life, it can be yours if you want it bad enough and have a plan. What will you do differently tomorrow that will take you one step closer to your goals?