“I don’t like the term healthy lifestyle” – was said to me the other day by a friend and it got me thinking. Maybe the term suggests that there is a single healthy lifestyle and if you don’t live it then that means you are living an unhealthy lifestyle – it’s not that binary – maybe he was onto something.
During the last few years I’ve noticed a different set of barriers emerge that prevent people from working towards the healthier lifestyles they yearn for. There are lots of resources available today which provide good practical advice – ranging from walking plans, coach to 5km run plans, weight training plans, nutritional help, cookery skills, mindfulness courses to stretching and mobility routines. Many of these resources are free but for the vast majority the results are not being achieved.
Maybe we’re trying to do too much. Many in today’s society feel the need to show a certain level of busy-ness. To brag about surviving on 5hrs sleep per night. Spend their days either sat down or lying in bed. They want to eat in a better way, walk more, exercise regularly and relax well but struggle to fit everything in.
Choices – they need to be recognised and made.
I said earlier that I’ve noticed a different set of barriers, the top two are time and money. The knowing what to do has largely gone away – but some guidance here will certainly lead to efficiencies.
A great deal of my work today, before recommending nutritional, movement, exercise, relaxation changes is to get clients to acknowledge that there are choices to me made and something has got to give.
Here are some typical steps/realisations:
- Identifying what to change can be easy.
- Learning how to change is achievable.
- Working to make the changes easy to implement takes some effort and planning.
- Implementing all the changes at once is seldom the best approach
- Expecting a perfect outcome is setting yourself up for failure.
- Having easy alternatives will increase your chance of sticking to your better choices.
- In most situations you have a choice, don’t try to be perfect but lean towards the better choice.
- Don’t worry about the lesser impact choices which will have marginal effect – work on the most productive choices based on where you are on the health spectrum.
If you’d like to work with a coach who understands that change is not always easy but if you have the motivation for a better you then I will help you make the smart choices to enable you to move better, relax well, eat more healthily and begin regular exercise then please get in touch.