4 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to be Truly Healthy

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If you’re serious about getting healthy once and for all, there are a few things that you should really stop doing for the good of your health, fitness, and general sense of wellbeing…

Waiting for motivation

If you’re serious about being truly healthy, you need to do a few things like cleaning up your diet and exercising regularly. You need to start doing these things now. It can be tempting to wait until you have enough motivation to start that new fitness regime or you’re ready to cut down the junk food and increase your veggie intake, but you know what? That motivation may never come and if you keep waiting for it, things will never change. What you need to do is to act in spite of motivation, Just get up and do something. Take small steps and build upon them. Pretty soon, your new regime will become a habit and you won’t need to worry about motivation at all.

Making excuses

Instead of telling yourself, you can’t possibly exercise because it’s always raining outside or you can’t possibly quit unhealthy habits like drinking or taking drugs because you’re depressed, start telling yourself that you can do those things. If you can’t exercise outdoors, you can hit the gym or do a fitness class in front of the TV, if you can’t give up drugs because you’re depressed, you can seek professional help from therapists at drug abuse clinics – there is always a way to get what you want but if you make excuses, you will never explore them and your health will never improve as a result. 

Looking for quick fixes

Quick fixes like milkshake diets and extreme body boot camps may work to improve your health in the short term, but they are hardly sustainable and they are unlikely to help you maintain good health in the long-term. It’s far better to take sensible, ongoing measures like upping the amount of time you spend moving around and increasing your meat intake, which you can do regularly than it is to try out a fad. Good health is all about sustainability, moderation, and sensible choices, it really is that simple.

Avoiding healthcare professionals

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who hates visiting the doctor and does all you can to avoid having to ever see a healthcare professional, you need to change your attitude. Regular health screenings and checkups are vital for good health. They increase your chances of catching illnesses early when they are most treatable and make you more accountable for your overall health. They are not optional.

If you can stop doing these four things, you should see almost immediate improvements in your health, but it will still take time for you to get where you need to be and that is where grit and perseverance come in. Keep doing what you know is good for you and before you know it, you’ll be in your best-ever health.

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