Everyone should have a life philosophy or mantra. It’s your own personal thoughts, developed from knowledge and experience. It’s your belief in this philosophy that keeps you motivated and inspired. It’s made you who you are.
In the world of health and fitness, I think having a philosophy is crucial. It’s that thought that you want to share with the world if you had the chance!
Living “healthy” looks a little bit different for each of us. And I think that’s pretty awesome! Here’s my own fit life philosophy.
YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!
Nothing else affects all areas of life so dramatically like your health. You can lose all of your money and recover, but it only takes one heart attack to end it all. Your family, your ability to provide for your family, and your overall quality of life depend on you prioritizing health first.
The truth is, either you choose to make your health your #1 priority or life will force you to — and by that time it will be much more difficult to take back control.
By prioritizing your health, you become a better friend, partner, parent, co-worker, leader, and overall better person. Why? Because improving your physical health also improves your mental health. Your mental state is the product of chemical reactions in your brain – many of which are directly tied to your physical activity and the things you consume.
Good health leads to happiness, and happiness leads to good health. They go hand-in-hand. Scientific studies show that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer. This means more time spent on the things that are most important to us.
To put health first we have to do a few things:
- We have to believe that health should be a priority – above all other consideration like family, money, leisure, etc.
- We have to believe that we have the power to be healthy. This is not “luck” or “genes” it’s about the daily actions we take.
- We have to make health a priority most of the time. It doesn’t need to be 100% of the time. But you have to find that place where the occasional indulgence is truly occasional and you’re getting the results you want at the same time.
The secret to making your health a priority is no secret at all… Make it a priority!