We all make choices in our lives. Part of this journey I am on is about making the new choices to live the best life I can live and to live to my highest purpose–whatever that may be.
One of the things I have been thinking about changing in my life is my level of health.
Being healthy and looking healthy has always been an important value for me, and while I consider myself to be in good health, I know there is always room for improvement.
Another thing I value is knowledge. And so I have been researching and reading about how to be the healthiest I can be.
The regular health articles have come up of course–hydrate, eat right and exercise. I have also found many “how to” articles about how to start eating right, why to exercise, or lists of reasons why people should be healthy.
I was surprised that there would be so many articles written to help convince people to be healthy. But after I thought about it for a while, it isn’t surprising at all.
People have many excuses for not being healthy but the main ones cited in many articles I read were these:
- I don’t have time to exercise
- Eating healthy is expensive
- I can’t be “healthy” at social gatherings, family holidays etc
- I am too tired to exercise
- Healthy food is not available where I live
- I have no will power
- I don’t want to miss out
- My friends and family would not understand
Ultimately, this is what I have learned–being healthy is a choice. I choose healthy. And I have decided to do 4 simple things:
- I am going to make time for myself–to exercise, to eat right and to educate myself on the best ways for doing both.
- I am going to find the best foods and the best habits for healthy living.
- I am going to honor my own thoughts, beliefs and values before anyone else’s.
- I am going to help others if they choose they want to live healthy lives too.
Making choices about health in and of itself is a journey and it is hard work. If I want to live the best life I can live–I have to start with my health. Health is going to give me the strength, the stamina, the longevity and the ability to move to do all the other things I want to do in my life.
We may take our health for granted because we have gotten used to the few extra pounds, the headaches, the allergies, the small twinges. We may be afraid to make changes in our lives that the people we most care about would not understand or appreciate. Any type of change takes courage.
And all change takes choice. The funny thing is–at least to me–has been that making the choice has been the easiest part. Taking action is much harder. It takes planning and thought and deliberate intention.
These intentions and the work you put in is what helps us reach our best potential–our highest self–and sometimes our purpose.
It’s time for action.
Have you been thinking about improving your health? What parts of your health would you like to see a change in? Do you suffer from a condition or disease that could be changed through healthier living? What is holding you back?
Comment below about how you would like to improve your health or your life in general. I would love to read your thoughts!
And remember to have fun–our health is what allows us to live the life we want to live!