HOW TO BE HEALTHY

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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

HOW TO GET IN SHAPE

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Never mind, “It’s that time of the month,” how about, “It’s that time of the year?” You know what I’m talking about. It’s December 31st and you’re setting your New Years Resolution. More than likely, it will have something to do with getting in shape. Does this sound like you? Well you’re not alone.

Millions of other people around the world set out to “get healthy” or “get in shape” every single year, but end up coming short, sometimes very short. So what’s the problem? Surely if there are millions of other people around the world who are able to stay in shape year-in, year-out, then you should be able to, right?

Right! The thing is, there really is no problem….except you. You’re the only person standing in your way from actually getting and keeping that body that you’ve always dreamed of. Just take a second to think about it. You’re the one who tells yourself to start getting in shape. You’re the one who starts to get in shape. You’re the one who decides if you want to keep at it 1 month down the line when you’re not seeing results as quickly as you expected. In order to get in shape and stay in shape, you have to get out of your own way. Getting in shape and more importantly, staying in shape is a practice though; a practice that you must stay consistent with.

Staying in shape requires consistency. If you’re not consistent, you will begin to put more weight on, hence losing the body that you’ve always dreamed of having. Think of it like a job. If you stop working, then the money stops coming in. If you stop exercising, your physical figure will start to pay the price. Staying consistent with your workouts is hard though. Some days you might not feel like working out, while others, going for a 5k run will seem fun. No matter what feeling emerges when you think about exercising though, it is important that you go do it.

Multiple fitness experts have various different beliefs as to how many days per week you should work out. Some say 3 is enough, others 4, and then there are some experts who say 5 is just right. Exercising more is obviously good, but first it is important to think about what you want to get out of it. Before you start working out, find or create the right plan that matches your fitness goals. If you want to be physically fit in the next 6 months, but are currently a couch potato, then I recommend you start working out 5 days a week right now.

On the other hand, if you’re happy with your physique and you’re not looking to be in the “best shape of your life” then working out 3 days a week is perfectly fine. As long as you are exercising during the week, then you are working towards a healthier lifestyle. Nobody can criticize you for that.

Set goals for yourself. Where do you want to be next month? How about 3 months from now? Half a year? One year? If you don’t visualize where you want to be in the future, then actually making that dream a reality will be next to impossible. In order to attract a new reality, you must first visualize exactly what that new reality will look like. From there, you must practice habits that lead towards that new reality on a daily basis. As you start practicing these habits more and more, the reality that you are heading towards will become clearer with every passing day.

As important as it is to set goals for yourself, it is even more important to maintain your expectations. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself beyond repair. Push yourself when you know that your body can handle it, but rest when your body demands it. Take the weekend off if you workout 5 days a week, or take a one-day-on, one-day-off approach. However you plan to setup an exercising routine for yourself, allow your body to rest! Allowing your body to rest allows for your muscles to catch up if you’re weight lifting and your lungs to develop more endurance if you’re focusing on cardio.

It’s also important to journalize your workouts. However you see fit, make sure that you keep track of your progress. Keeping track of your fitness level will not only help you understand how far you’ve come, but it will also help you realize how much further you can go. Start at a low level, and then build from there. This approach applies to cardiovascular exercising or strength training. Don’t try and go all in from the get go, or I promise you, you will quickly decide that working out just isn’t for you. Go slow, and when you feel like you can take more, put more on.

Keep in mind that consistency is all key to this though. You could have a master plan for yourself at the very start of the New Year. Everything has been planned out; you even have a diet plan ready to go. Unfortunately, after about 1 month you give up because you realize that it’s hard. Yes, it is hard. Nobody was promising you that it was going to be easy though. It’s like the old saying goes, “Nothing in life worth having comes easy.” Work through the pain, stay consistent, and I promise you the results will be worth it in the end.

Ready? Set? Go!

I can’t wait to see you and your new self 1-year from now.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan