Your Health is Priority #1, No Exceptions
I know what you’re thinking, your family comes first. And your career provides your income, so it’s kinda critical. Yes, it’s true, your family and your job are incredibly important. They are to me as well.
Health is simply more important than those two very important things. This is where being selfish is the most selfless thing to do. I’ll explain.
Your health affects all areas of life. Just for a moment imagine you become very ill and have to spend all of your time in bed. You can no longer take care of yourself. Who is going to look after your family? How are you going to perform your job?
Kind of puts things in perspective, huh?
Obviously, no one can predict when a tragedy will strike. However, we can predict those health issues that do result from our lifestyle.
What kind of parent are you going to be if you can’t run around and play with your kids without getting out of breath in the first few minutes?
How productive can you be at your job if you constantly have low energy levels?
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.
If your family and job are truly important to you, then you have to make health priority #1
Does that mean you neglect your family to become a professional bodybuilder who trains 3 hours a day?
It means you make time for your health, no matter what’s going on in your life with your family and your career.
When things get hard at home or work, don’t fall into the temptation of neglecting your health to focus more on those problems. It’s in these times especially that you need to be at your best, which means you need to be healthy.