The less involved you want to be regarding your health, the more involved you will become.
Stay with me for a minute.
I’ll give an example. Which group of habits shown below seems more involved, more expensive, more time consuming and more detrimental to your health?
It actually requires less effort to put water in your mouth and swallow it than it does to go out of your way and spend obscene amounts of money on products like diet soda, regular soda, and alcoholic beverages that contain the substances you’re either already addicted to or could become addicted to at some point if you’re incapable of consuming them in moderation. It’s good to at least acknowledge that addiction has the ability to take away both your health and your personal freedom.
When it comes to reasonable weight loss, starving is never the answer. Starving yourself is not only an incredibly difficult task, but also terrible for your physical and mental health, and in my opinion morally wrong considering that people are actually starving all over the world everyday and not by choice.
Keeping yourself fed and satisfied can turn into a full-time job if you aren’t doing it right. When we eat cheap processed food that has very little nutrient value, we have to deal with hunger more often that we would if we were to provide our bodies with the nutrients they require in order to function properly in the first place. Aside from the health issues that will eventually surface and have to be dealt with using time and money, it takes additional time, money and calories initially to get that snowball rolling.
I know a lot of people who willingly spend 2-4 hours of their lives every single day playing video games, watching TV or scrolling through social media, and most of them would never consider taking 20 minutes to go for a walk outside, which would actually be less of a time investment and way more beneficial.
Walking is an excellent form of exercise that we really need to stop forgetting about. I think people shy away from exercise for several reasons, laziness being one of them but the influence of fitness obsessed people is a huge contributing factor as well, and not always in a good way.
Anyone with influential ability who is preaching that spending several hours at the gym and pushing yourself to the point of puking or passing out makes you better than everyone else is probably going to convince people to injure themselves, and also has no idea what they’re talking about. Exercise doesn’t have to be all or nothing unless you’re an Olympic athlete, and even then it’s not a permanent lifestyle.
I did a Pilates workout video in my living room recently and it was a challenge, but in a good way. I never wanted to quit. It’s amazing how tiny movements that look so simple and as if you aren’t really doing anything can make fire build and spread throughout your entire body.
This 30 minute investment consisting of moving my arms in a tiny circular motion, repetitive ballet battements and plies made me more sore and over time more toned than any brutal lengthy cross fit workout ever has, and it was way more enjoyable. Now, that’s not to say you shouldn’t do cross fit if that’s your thing, only that brutal time consuming exercise isn’t the absolute correct method.
What it boils down to is the fact that laziness can only feel okay for an allotted amount of time before it starts to wreak havoc on your health. With neglect there is decay. It’s not that hard to make healthy food choices, work on kicking a harmful addiction out of your life, stay hydrated, unplug from the internet and maybe carve out some time as often as you have it to just go for a walk and decompress. Simplify your life and you can simplify your health. Let go of all the unnecessary vices that have you tied down. Otherwise, you really are doing life the hard way.