I want to be healthy. You want to be healthy. We all want to be healthy! Whether or not you actually are healthy is a different story though. Being healthy involves committing yourself to living a particular type of lifestyle. Now that lifestyle may not be one that you want to live, but it is one that you must live if you actually want to be healthy. If you want to be healthy, you have to actively consider not only what you’re putting into your body, but how it will affect you as well.

For example, if you eat chocolate every day, you can expect to have diabetes somewhere down the line. If you substitute that chocolate for an apple though, then you can expect to keep the doctor away for the foreseeable future. Whatever kind of food it is that you’re putting into your body, expect consequences in the short and long term. Also, whether or not those consequences are negative or positive are entirely up to the way that you decide to eat.

ALL of us want to eat however we please, without having to worry about the consequences. Do not think for a second that people who are consistently healthy with their eating habits would not rather splurge on fast food. Well, maybe a select few who absolutely love healthy food and despise junk food. But on the majority, everyone likes fast food because it tastes so good. It tastes so good because it is loaded with fats and sugars. Fats and sugars are much easier for our body to become addicted to, compared to amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals that we should be putting into our body. So how exactly does one keep a healthy diet then? It sounds so easy, but actually going and doing it is a different story.

One word: discipline. Like anything that is difficult in life, you must have discipline in order to overcome it. Want a six-pack? First, you have to discipline yourself to keep a healthy diet and workout consistently. Want to run a multi-million dollar business? Go out and work your ASS off and make sure you don’t stop. If everything in life came easy, life wouldn’t be worth living. What makes life worth living is stepping up to the challenges that push us forward. Being healthy is a challenge, a challenge that you can step up to or simply ignore. If you accept the challenge though, discipline yourself to actually stick with it, for at least three months. After that, your body will be accustomed to the way that you are treating it, and it will feel like second nature to continue doing it, rather than forcing yourself to.

There is no magic pill that will make you healthy. Do not be fooled by marketers who promise you that by taking some “miraculous pill” you will lose an incredible amount of weight in a short period of time. Now you may lose weight in the short term with one of these pills, but I guarantee you that weight will come back in the long term. Losing weight in the short term shouldn’t even be your goal anyway. Losing weight quickly is not only unrealistic, but it’s also unhealthy. If you have a short-term mentality, you will become frustrated that results aren’t coming quick enough and give up. If you have a long-term mentality when trying to get healthy, you will be able to stick it out when you’re starting to re-consider. So before you even begin on your adventure to get healthy, start with a long-term mentality, so you do not give up when the going gets tough!

Getting healthy, and more importantly, staying healthy, takes work. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, you have to manage your lifestyle. That means monitoring what you’re putting into your body. Keep track of what you put into your body and understand that whatever it is that you put into your body will have consequences, good or bad. Discipline yourself to stick to a healthy lifestyle until it becomes habit. Finally, have a long-term mentality about your health, that way you will be able to maintain your health throughout your life.

After reading this post, I hope you start to lead a healthy lifestyle, if you do not already.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan