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5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They're Trying To Be Healthy

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5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They're Trying To Be Healthy
Do you struggle to stay healthy? Always falling off the wagon? Read on to get your head on straight!

Have you ever had a friend who told you she was starting a new diet or exercise regimen – but at the end of 8 weeks, she looked exactly the same as when she started? No thinner, no healthier, no more radiant or energetic? And when you asked her how it was going she just kind of……changed the subject?

Have YOU ever woken up one morning and declared, “This is IT! I can’t TAKE it anymore! I have GOT to start eating better and exercising! Today is the day I will BEGIN!!”. And then, by the end of that very same day you were drinking a frozen margarita instead of going to the gym?

I get it.

We have such noble intentions, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Or we get distracted. Or someone brings cupcakes to a meeting. Or you have a full week of client dinners. Or all your gym clothes are in the laundry.

Whatever knocks you off course, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and as though, no matter how badly you want it, the universe is conspiring to keep you from being ‘healthy’.

Even if this is true – and the universe really IS working its magic specifically to keep YOU from being a healthier human being – I would like to suggest that there are probably a few other things going on, as well. There are clear reasons why some folks manage to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, while other people are constantly falling on and off the wagon. The good news, though, is that these things are a lot easier to control than…..the universe. Without further ado, I present:

5 Of The Biggest Mistakes People Make When They’re Trying To ‘Be Healthy’.

1. No Clear Goal in Sight

What does being healthy really mean to you? What’s your definition, if you had to write it out? Write it out. How specific can you be? If your idea of ‘healthy’ is simply a vague, magical ideal, then how will you know how to achieve it? How will you even know if you’re on the right path? If you want to lose weight, HOW MUCH weight would you like to lose? If you want to have ‘more energy’, how will you measure what that means in your life? Would you like to be able to sprint up the subway steps without being winded? Run a marathon in November? What are your health goals?

2. No Understanding of WHY

Why are you even doing this? What are your reasons for wanting to be healthy – as you have defined it? If you are a slave to the idea that you’re ‘supposed’ to be healthy and that it’s what you ‘should’ be doing – my guess is that you will find yourself dragging your feet, resenting it, and possibly sabotaging yourself. Cupcakes at work are much easier to resist if you have some concrete reasons in your mind for avoiding them. What are some very specific, real-life reasons that you might choose to live a healthier lifestyle? Make sure they mean something to you.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission from the author.

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