The health and fitness industry is growing more and more by the day. It’s something that can be incredibly overwhelming too if you’re not massively into it. There’s information being thrown at you from all angles (sometimes from people who haven’t necessarily done their research) and it can also be dangerous if you take advice that’s not going to work for you. On top of that there’s the added pressure that some of us feel that we have to look a certain way, subscribe to a certain lifestyle or eat certain things. By the time you’re actually ready to start making changes in your life, you can be too exhausted to even know where to begin.
In the fitness industry, so many people are doing it for, what I would call, the “wrong motivation”. Is it really my business to say that someone who wants to go to the gym because they want to look good is wrong? Absolutely not, and they’re well within their right to tell me to leave my opinion out of their life. Fair enough. But personally, my own journey with health and fitness is one that has sprung from a desire to be healthy and genuinely well.
I was probably in the best physical shape of my life when I was 18, I had a personal trainer, attended multiple fitness classes, and really took pride in my appearance. And taking pride in your appearance is actually a good thing, it means that you care about what you’re putting out into the world. But when it’s your sole motivator, that’s when there’s a bit of a problem. Alongside this I was eating horrifically, and my mental health wasn’t great. My point really, is about health.
Overall health. Real health. Why should you care about your health? Well because it’s it’s what is keeping you alive. Being healthy gives you a better quality of life, why wouldn’t you want to be healthy??
I want to be healthy in a holistic way. I want to have a healthy mind and body. So I have fallen in love with the idea of health.
As a child, I can safely say health isn’t something I had very often. Recently it’s become something I am striving to read. This includes a diet overhaul, making my diet (and I say that in a lifestyle sense, not a restrictive fad) as strict as my religion, regular exercise routine, being in nature as much as possible, daily meditation, long yoga sessions and regular therapy sessions. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be seen as weird but as something we all should care about. Because being in the best health you can possibly achieve only improves your life, so why wouldn’t you dedicate yourself to your health journey.
I know first hand how hard it is to make changes, but the first step is writing down small things you can change and gradually building yourself up to more. What changes are you making this year to improve your health?
Here are some of the steps I’ll be taking:
- Drink more water. I already drink a lot but I know I need even more.
- Eat more vegetables. Stop loading up on carbs alone.
- Stop freaking out about protein. You don’t need as much as you think you do.
- Incorporate a yoga flow every single day.
- Meditate up to four times a day.
- Finish transitioning to veganism by the middle of the year.
- Drink more herbal teas as opposed to caffeine.
- Get back into horse-riding and spend time outdoors more often.
- Get back into daily walks, even if they’re not far.
- Get a personal trainer again.
- Start swimming.
- Actually eat three meals a day. Stop skipping them.
- Educate yourself more on nutrition and what you actually need.
- Stop forgetting to take B12 supplements, it’s essential as a vegan/vegetarian that you take them every day.