Here we are, once again, in the month leading up to New Year’s resolutions; the month where even the staunchest believer in self-acceptance can find himself/herself falling for the pitch and the get-one-month-free come-ons.
This year, the notion of self-improvement feels especially seductive. Diets and resolutions, in general, are all about hope – hope that things can get better, hope that you’ll get your finances in order, declutter your home, lose those 20 pounds for good.
Usually, resolutions come from an idea of, ‘Here’s this thing that’s flawed about me. I haven’t done it right, now it’s time for me to do it right.’ It pushes you into a negative place.
The trick to resisting this negative place is to understand how hard the world is working to influence your thinking. Understand that you are where you are not because you’re weak or you’re flawed, but because you’ve adapted to an environment that encourages you to drive instead of walk, to eat conveniently instead of healthy, to check social media instead of sleep, to watch Netflix instead of doing anything else. It is a lot for three hours a week of gym time to counteract.
Christopher Wharton, a professor of nutrition and sustainability at Arizona State University, suggests going big. Don’t just swap half-and-half for skim milk, or take the stairs. You need to reorder your life to reflect your values and your priorities instead of just tinkering in the margins. This is the only way you can stand up to the environment that is sabotaging our healthy lifestyle
Join our New Year’s Fitness Revolution Challenge and take back your health.
We’ve had enough of jumping hurdles and hitting obstacles every time we try to make our health a priority. We’re taking back our health and making it priority #1.
A change of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight, it takes dedication and hard work. If you’re ready to start living a healthier, happier life, Lexercise has all of the tips and tools to help you make it happen!
If you really want to make a change, then let’s do it — together! I won’t lie to you, it’s not going to be easy. Committing to a healthier lifestyle is just that — a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot of work. But believe me when I tell you it’ll be worth it! I bet you’ve already tried it your way, so let’s give our way a try.