Are you 1 of the 50% of Australians who have you made a New Year’s Resolution this Year?At the half way point of the year, how are you going so far?
Are you 1 of the 88% who will fail, or have already failed, at your New Year’s Resolutions this year?
There is a common belief out there that it takes 21 or 28 days to change a habit but Research shows that this was based on flawed thinking and it’s often not the case for many people.
So if you’re going well with your Health Resolutions, Congratulations!, stick at it, and if you’ve fallen off the wagon or happen to do so in the next few months, then bookmark this blog and refer back to it.
Something’s Gotta Go
I was recently at a workshop where the speaker was summing up the learnings of the session. “What did you learn?”, he asked. “What will you take with you that if you implement in your life from today, you just know would make a profound difference in your life?”.
And then he asked the real kicker, the question no-one ever thinks about when they plan to do something new or different. Something almost no-one ever considers when deciding to create a Healthier Lifestyle.
He asked, “What will you get rid of to make room for this new thing?”
And I was blown away. How often do we decide to just do something new and then a week or two into it, we find we no longer have the time or we never get started in the first place because we just don’t have the time?
Let’s face it, we’re all busy these days. In fact in most western societies we wear our busyness as a badge of honour! That is, until your body decides it’s had enough of all those late nights, poor food choices, lack of movement, stressful situations and hurriedness and chucks a real wobbly (that’s a technical term) and you end up with an illness, chronic disease, stroke, heart attack or it just plain gives up the ghost!
So I congratulate you if you’ve chosen to make your Health a priorty this year. But don’t kid yourself, you need to make room in your life to do just that or you may have found that you haven’t made it past the first 6 months. You need to make time to move, you need to make time to prepare healthy meals, you need to take some time for yourself each day for meditation or relaxation.
Being Healthy is not a project with a start and end date. It’s about life-long choices so you need to make room for being Healthy in your life.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am no saint myself. I work on the 80/20 rule.
I make healthy choices 80% of the time so that I can reward myself, without the guilt trip, the other 20% of the time.
So, what’s gotta go for you?
Television? After work drinks, every night of the week? Reading the Gossip Magazines? Facebook?
Video/Computer Games? Online just about anything that wastes time?
You know, it can be challenging when you first start to look at where you can make some time for healthier activities, so start by asking, what does this ‘thing’ really give me?
For example “How does watching TV for 6 hours a night really benefit me?”
If your answer is chill out time, do you really need that much chill out time?
Sitting in front of the Television or a Computer for extended periods actually lowers your Basal Metabollic Rate (that’s the rate at which you burn calories) due to the flicker rate of the screens. It actually puts you into a trance-like state. Add to that a big dinner and no wonder you’re stacking on the kilos.
If TV gives you escapism, what are you trying to escape from? Are you trying to avoid feelings of loneliness or isolation? If you do want to escape, why not find a good book to read which will stimulate your brain, maybe even help you address that loneliness, or allow you to escape for a while and keep your Basal Metabolic Rate in tact. Why not listen to music, meditate, go for a walk, go to bed a little earlier (your body will thank you for it) or maybe you could try some exercise? Exercise will actually increase your metabolism so you burn fat faster.
Now I’m not saying don’t watch any TV, just don’t spend all night in front of the TV and tell me you have no time to exercise, de-stress, meditate or prepare a healthy lunch for the next day. And let’s face it, with so many gadgets and online services these days, if you really want to watch something, you can always record it and watch it later, at a more convenient time.
At the end of the day, for those of you who are serious about taking charge of your Health and your life, experiencing the feeling of a Healthy body by achieving your Health Goals will give you a big enough reason to make the effort to find time in your day for movement, de-stressing and preparing Healthy Food.
So if you’ve fallen off the wagon, why not choose to get back on track and be one of the 12% who succeed at their Healthy Resolutions this year?