The Challenges of Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
If you haven’t still noticed, a lot of people are becoming more and more conscious of the food they eat and the condition of their bodies. You can find a lot of advice in media and on health websites where you can learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, the kinds of healthy foods that you can eat and more info about this kind of lifestyle. Despite of these literature and all the warnings given to us, there are still a lot of people who fail in their attempt at becoming fit and healthy. We have received plenty of warnings of eating high-calorie diets and engaging in harmful behaviors, yet we still eat these foods and engage in these behaviors. Many people have tried but failed. What this shows us is that, for many people, it is a difficult task to achieve a healthy lifestyle and also the reason why sicknesses still prevail today. So, where does the problem lie?
The difficulty in adopting healthy behaviors lie in the psychological influence of gratification. We are people who are impatient to see results instead of waiting until we see one. People will choose an instant reward anytime if asked to decide between that or something that can be had in the future which is far better than the instant one. The problem with people is that they want everything now and they can’t wait for something that will still happen in the future even it is a far better reward than what you can have now.
Applying this case to health, anything you do to benefit your body will not be seen immediately. You know that dieting and exercise is good for you if you are overweight, but then you will not attain the results immediately and when you think of the hunger that you will feel, or the tiredness of your body , and denying yourself of treats, then you immediately give up on your goals and be as you are. You don’t do your dieting and exercising even though you know it is good for you since you will not see any benefit immediately. The failure of many people in achieving the healthy lifestyle is because of this.
Applying instant gratification to your health problem can be a solution to this problem. We all have the ability to gain benefits from a healthy lifestyle and to lay aside instant gratification. Overcoming the problem of instant gratification can be done in several ways. There are many tricks that can help you overcome this. One of the ways you can do it is by adding a bit of instant gratification to your health plan. If, then, you are able to achieve a health goal, do something to motivate yourself. You can start reducing rewards as you get used to your new habits.
Don’t make a mistake of rewarding yourself with food items that will go against your health goals. With these rewards, you can have self gratification while achieving your health goals.