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Why Is It So Hard to Build Healthy Habits?

As a species, humans are resistant to change by nature. Because of that resistance, it takes us a while to break a bad habit or implement a new one – up to as long as a month. During this transition period, it is easy to fall back into our old ways, unless we consciously keep ourselves on track until our new change has taken hold as a habit.

In the case of healthy habits, not only can introducing them increase our resistance to disease now, but they also improve life later down the road. That means taking fewer prescribed drugs in the future, maintaining independent living longer and more longevity as we age. But the road to change can be bumpy if not done correctly.

Healthy Eating

Do you like food that is not good for you, Food that is high in calories and fat, If so, you are not alone… and it is not your fault! We are genetically engineered to gravitate toward that kind of food from our ancestral days. Hunting, gathering and exploring the surrounding area took a lot of energy and so food with a lot of calories and fat provided the energy.

But the food today is different than it was eons ago. Today processed and fast food lurks around on every corner, inviting you to come in … and while you are there, super-size everything making for even more fat and calories. But that isn’t the end of the story. Food is addictive. So, if you succumb to eating a lot of processed and fast food, that is what your body becomes accustomed to eating, what it prefers, and in fact, what it craves.

However, the opposite side of the coin is also true. If you start eating healthy, it too over time will become addictive also. The trick is to make small incremental changes over time and not a big change all at once. That way your body will slowly change and adapt to your new way of eating. What gets people into trouble and they fail is they try to make too much of a change in too short a time. Don’t quit eating bad food cold turkey – slowly start eating less bad food and more good food over the course of say a month.

Healthy Fitness

The same rationale of change also applies to exercising. At the start of each New Year, people make all-or-nothing commitments in the form resolutions where they are going to conquer the world fitness-wise – exercise five days a week, run a marathon in a month, etc. But after the first time or two in the gym, they are so sore they can hardly move. They take a few days to heal up and never return to the gym again.

Instead, they should have started slowly by doing some short easy workouts a day or two the first week and gradually increase the frequency, workout time and type of workout over the course of the first month.

Building healthy habits is a process of setting an attainable and realistic end goal with several milestones of mini-goals along the way. Be sure to reward yourself in a positive way after reaching each milestone as it provides the mental boost to continue forging ahead to the next one.

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Improving Yourself Tips – Life is in Motion – Exercise

Improving Yourself Tips – Life is in Motion – Exercise

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Working on your personal development can be very overwhelming, but just like anything else, it can also be very easily researched and applied. Now that you have found this list of tips, hopefully, you can come out a little more informed when it comes to personal development. You can refine your plan and become a better person.

Generalizations are the enemy of your self-improvement and success. Examine your thought processes to see what negative, general beliefs you hold about yourself. If you say in your mind that you “always fail,” etc., this is not accurate. Even if it was only one time, you have succeeded in the past! Remind yourself that the future is bright and self-improvement is possible.

Learning a new skill is a great way to stretch yourself and improve the quality of your character. What’s more, perfecting a hobby, technical skill or artistic form may be challenging at first, but if you master it, you will gain a sense of accomplishment, purpose and enjoyment. What’s more, you add to your pool of leisure activities and make yourself a more rounded human being.

While going through the many emotional crisis that can occur in your life, some self help suggestions always help. Although, while trying to help yourself mentally, it is as important to take care of yourself physically. Healthy eating and exercise will leave you with many more positive thoughts than you had before doing such.

Improve your life by cleaning up “your world.” Avoid being messy and living and working in a cluttered environment. By keeping your spaces clean and in an orderly fashion, you can find everything you need. You will no longer stress out about things being lost. This can bring a sense of calm and peace to your mind.

Exercise! Choose any physical activity you like or ever wanted to try… Whether you do simple exercise or modern fitness, Modern Yoga or Modern Qi Gong, just keep moving. Life is in motion, matter is a type of energy, and hence it is not static.

A crucial part of any personal development program is to take special care in providing for your own physical needs. Exercise regularly, get adequate sleep every night and enjoy a healthy diet to help you continue your personal growth. A healthy body makes it easier to concentrate on personal development, even though it may be a challenge.

To cope with depression, exercise! Walking is a great form of exercise and a brisk walk can do wonders to lift your spirits. Don’t neglect strolling! Taking a leisurely stroll after dinner each day, can help you relax and unwind. Take time to look and really see all that is around you. Seek the positive in all things.

To help you improve yourself personally, exercising everyday is essential. Exercise can help you improve your focus, enhance your ability in a variety of sports and generally improve your health and well being. Exercise is also key to personal development since exercise releases endorphins, which are a mood enhancer and promote a more positive outlook on life.

Not as bad as you thought, correct? Like any other subject, the world of personal development is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. Sometimes, you just need a little hint as to where to begin with it so that you can begin. Hopefully, you have received just that from the tips above.

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