Our bodies respond faster to the foods we eat than it does to physical activity (i.e. food poisoning, nutritional deficiencies, etc…). While BOTH healthy eating and physical activity are essential to wellness, our health is 100% influenced by the mind.
Our wellness goals are accomplished in the mind before they are accomplished in the kitchen or gym. We equip our minds to overcome barriers to a healthy lifestyle by learning true and accurate information and learning ourselves, not memorizing misleading memes you see floating around social media. Memes are encouraging and give you a push when you may feel like quitting, but to be successful in your journey, you have to know more than just a few catchy sayings.
What does “overcome” really mean? It’s used all the time and repetition causes a word to lose meaning and we develop our own. Oxford dictionary definition is “succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty)”. What true/accurate information can we gather now to overcome? Let’s identify our problems and difficulties with developing a healthier lifestyle.
List your barriers today. Make an honest list:
-I work 12 hours a day
-the kids have extra curricular activities
-I hate vegetables
-I eat healthy food but I’m bored with my diet
-I eat according to how I feel
-I don’t exercise because I think people are making fun of me
-I don’t exercise because I’m injured and it hurts**
-It’s the way we’ve always done it
-There is no fresh food in my neighborhood
-My household won’t eat anything else
Now for each barrier, list a few ways you plan to “succeed in dealing with” it because the barrier might never go away. You’ll never have enough time, family/friends will always have their opinions, change is always hard, and people always look at a person running, walking, or moving. But YOU have to adopt the mindset to make it, ignore them, go with it (the change only leads to success), and if people are able to watch you, they are probably not exercising.
If you are willing, please share one or two honest barriers and the ways you plan to overcome them. Your contribution could help someone take that first step.
*If you are experiencing symptoms of depression please consult a medical professional as soon as possible
**Please consult your physical therapist for approved exercises
I believe that interest, trust, and empathy are essential to community organizing and I rely on those elements to build relationships in my work around community-level prevention initiatives in policy/program development. My focus here is to provide you with information that will help you to overcome barriers you have in achieving a GREAT quality of life. I want you to be able to move, dance, sing, play, crochet , enjoy whatever healthy hobby you have among family and friends with sound mind, body and spirit! Twitter: @SceMPH