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. Media and online sties today are full on info on the healthy lifestyle, the right kinds of food to eat, and whatever you need to know on achieving this kind of lifestyle. However, although many people desire to have this kind of life, a lot fail to achieve it. 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. There are those that have given their best to do these things but have utterly failed. People simply find it difficult to achieve a healthy lifestyle and this is why many still suffer from sickness today. What could be the cause of this failure?
The difficulty in adopting healthy behaviors lie in the psychological influence of gratification. We don’t want to wait for a long time to see results but we want to ratify ourselves immediately after we have done something good. 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.
If we apply this to being healthy, the reality is that you cannot immediately feel the effects or the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. While you know that it is not good to be overweight, dieting and exercise puts you off when you think of feeling hungry afterwards, getting tired and sweaty and having you deny yourself treats for a long time. Because of the absence of immediate results, people stop dieting and exercising even though they know it is good for them. This is the reason why doing what is best you’re your health is so hard.
Applying instant gratification to your health problem can be a solution to this problem. It is not really impossible to gain health benefits while laying aside instant gratification. Overcoming the problem of instant gratification can be done in several ways. But, you can actually try some methods to help you overcome this. It is possible to add a bit of instant gratification to your health plan. Just to give you motivation to help you achieve your health goals, you can reward yourself every time you achieve a goal on your healthy living plan. You can start reducing rewards as you get used to your new habits.
Rewarding yourself with food is a no-no. This can help you overcome the need for self gratification.