3 Simple Truths That Nobody Probably Told You About Living Healthy

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Pumped by the latest motivational video of Arnold lifting or a “3 day – lose 1,500 lbs” video promoting this miracle fat burner, you get your gym membership and stock up on chicken and broccoli. However, before quitting the lifestyle of Fillet’O’Fish

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3 Simple Truths That Nobody Probably Told You About Living Healthy

So you’re either considering or have already started taking some proactive steps towards a stronger, leaner, healthier you – great. Pumped by the latest motivational video of Arnold lifting or a “3 day – lose 1,500 lbs” video promoting this miracle fat burner, you get your gym membership and stock up on chicken and broccoli. However, before quitting the lifestyle of Fillet’O’Fish, and Weekly milkshake runs, consider the three simple truths about living healthy so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. I know I would have benefited from hearing a different perspective when I started lifting.

Healthy Truth #1 – Do YOU

It’s great you’ve saved up money and bought some “personalized program” online from a magazine cover fitness model. Chances are, though, that no matter how much you stick to the program and eat clean and load your lifestyle with hours of physical activity, sleep, and good vibes, you won’t look like the person X in the end of the program. Often, what you see on the cover of the magazine or on people’s social media pages might be years and years of hard work, healthy lifestyle, and most importantly, consistency.

Yes, I’d also rather buy a program from a guy or a girl that at least looks the part and seem like they have been doing something right but remember, we ALL have a unique body composition, muscle and skeletal structure, and certain physical predispositions. Nowadays, especially with the abundance of social media stars to look at, you might find yourself comparing yourself to the next “famous” guy/girl which will most likely hinder your personal progression and will cause you to get burned out because you won’t immediately look like “them”. Don’t idolize someone out there, idolize your determination, discipline, and work-ethic internally over long-term, it will manifest itself into something rewarding to yourself.

Healthy Truth #2 – It doesn’t taste great, YET

You might be following scores of social media gurus that share their beautifully arranged oatmeal, pancakes, and protein shakes, homemade fries, healthy burgers, and all kinds of other foods that may seem a bit “blah” to you. Maybe you’ve even tried to experiment with some of those ingredients and found yourself not being able to finish because it just doesn’t taste quite right. Just like the next guy, you’re no different in the sense of your taste buds not being adjusted to only eating clean foods 24/7. Chances are, if you’re a human in a first and second world countries, that you have been used to eating processed foods, junk such as fast food, and settling for take out rather than home-cooked meals full of nutrients. Feeding the human body is extremely easy. FUELING it, not so much.

Your taste buds actually have to adjust to different tastes and textures and just like the majority of us, if you’re not eating healthy and all the sudden you switch to leafy salads, vegetables, and fruits while cutting out the processed crap, your body will resist and attempt to make you stop – it WON’T like it, at first. Stick to it. Push through the initial headache you might experience from the withdrawal of processed sugars and chemicals found in foods and make yourself change your lifestyle one forkful of broccoli and spinach at the time. It will be worth it in the end.

Healthy Truth #3 – Even people with six-packs have problems in life

Just because someone is a super-model with a 12-pack in their abdomen area rather than in a fridge, they’re still human. Sometimes with our fitness goals, our mindset can get extremely obsessive over every little piece of muscle and a shape of our body. Sometimes, looking forward towards having “that 6-pack” or having “that biceps like that guy” might lead you to believe that once you get there, it will bring you some extreme level of satisfaction or personal reward. Crushing your physical or non-physical goals can definitely be deeply satisfying, a lot is needed for the majority of people to stay in a peak physical performance. It requires sacrifice, sweat and determination, and a whole lot of patience. Don’t put a shallow goal on a pedestal thinking it will solve a problem X or Y in your life, you might end up being disappointed. Having a great physique is personally very rewarding, yet, it’s not all there is to happiness and satisfaction. Even the Mr. and Mrs. Olympias have problems. We’re all people.

Putting It All Together

Getting into the life long journey of health, activity, and patience is something that I would recommend to everyone. Countless benefits are associated with determination, persistence with staying active, and with leading a healthy lifestyle. However, before diving head first into the unknown, do some research, map out some goals you’d like to attain, and have an open mind about this lifestyle. Keep in mind that it’s something we, at HAWEC, believe is to be fostered and held long-term. Strive to make it a lifestyle that will stay with you forever rather than chasing the next physical “goal” for the summer and then giving up on health altogether in the fall.