There are many reasons to make changes to your lifestyle. It could have to do with a variety of conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or hypertension. Or it could be for something simple, such as improving your general health.
Your perspective is unique in that you have established it over time based on your opinions and observations. Finding someone else with the same outlook is difficult: the best you could do is compare. No doubt you have some ideas about making lifestyle changes. Or you may still be in the early stages and not yet committed to change. Believe it or not, the yes or no decision itself is a significant part of the process that often has its progress. Many people are stuck here, weighing their reasons for a change, trying to cultivate the motivation to not only get started but also make significant progress.
Whatever your reason for making lifestyle changes, you bought to make sure it is a good one. If you would like some help in coming up with the right ideas, consider the following …
- your primary reason for making changes should not be for the benefits but rather to avoid the consequences.
Let us consider physical activity for a moment. Regular exercise promises a more functional and attractive body. It promotes higher energy levels and better moods. Provided your diet is decent, regular exercise is also likely to improve your physique. These are attractive benefits but, unfortunately, there are activities not in the exercise category. Binge eating while watching TV for instance. So if you are then to stand a chance of winning any benefits, you would have to work out for an extended period to work off the effects of binge eating, and that would mean a lot of work.
On the other hand, consider some of the consequences of not exercising …
- becoming overweight or obese,
- becoming a Type 2 diabetic and having to follow a restricted diet to help control your blood sugar,
- feeling weak and fatigued due to blood sugar problems.
- having to go to the doctor's regularly, or potentially the hospital in the wake of alarming symptoms of hyperglycemia,
- developing heart disease, or even
- a stroke.
Some complications are extreme and less likely. But they are still a consequence of living a physically inactive lifestyle, eating poorly, and allowing your health to decline when you could be intervening.
If you are struggling with motivation to make changes, do not do it primarily for the benefits. First and foremost, do it to avoid personal catastrophe. We seem to be more willing to move away from pain than we are to move towards pleasure or reward. Since in this case, it is a matter of perspective, use this fact to your advantage in making your decisions.