Creating The Healthy Lifestyle Habit

Physio Podcast Transcript:

Have you ever wondered why some people are fat and some people are skinny?

Have you ever wondered what will happen to your body and mind as it ages and how you can prevent deterioration?

Have you ever tried one of those fad diets or exercise programs but received no real results?

If this sounds like you, then you need to listen to this podcast in full. Have you seen headlines like…

…How To Get 6 Pack Abs In 7 Minutes Or Less?

…How To Lose 15 Pounds In 15 Days?

I’m sure you have…

…You see, the media focuses on areas of health and wellness that are “sexy” and “instant” and often over hype how much health and fitness ideas have really changed.

The reality is, over the last 50 years, the concepts of how to get fit, lose weight, and maintain a healthy diet have not changed. While science, technology, and medicine have improved and provide some assistance, the truth is that the underlying concepts haven’t changed.

Think about it like building a house. Once you’ve laid the foundational concrete slab, there’s nothing you can do to change the overall size of the house. You can change the layout, where the windows go and where the doors are, but the foundation, the body of the building, stays the same.

The same can be said about your body. Over the last 50 years, there has been no significant breakthrough in science or research that shows different ways the body works. Ultimately, the body still works the same way we understood it did 50 years ago.

So the question is, why do these health and fitness magazines constantly advertise new diets, exercise, and wellness programs? The answer to that is that it sells magazines.

We live in the “instant age”, where people expect to receive answers and results almost instantly. Magazines are trying to deliver that to their readers by showing them the quickest routes to weight loss, flat stomachs, and rock hard abs.

The reality is that these programs are all built on a single foundation. If you can change your daily eating and exercise habits to be healthier, then you will become healthier.

Simply put, stop eating the wrong foods, while sitting on the couch watching TV, and you’ll end up thinner and fitter than before.

Let’s think about your health history for a moment…

Think of a time when you were at your fittest and healthiest. Remember what you ate, how you looked, when you exercised. Were you constantly inside or where you outside playing?

Think about the habits you had back then…

…Recently, I did this with a friend of mine and he had a startling revelation. The fittest and healthiest he can remember being was when he was living at home with his parents. When he was at home with his parents, he ate 3 regular and healthy meals a day.

There was no chocolate or sweets in the house. Ice cream was metered down to just a scoop or two a week and he was constantly told to “go outside and play”.

What his parents were doing was ensuring that he had a healthy diet and lifestyle so he could grow up to be a healthy young adult. My friend explained to me that when he left home, he wasn’t much of a cook so he often ate out at restaurants and fast food joints.

He rarely exercised and spent most of his time either working, relaxing inside on the couch, or out partying.

These two lifestyles, the one as a kid and one as a young adult are so different. One is more a healthy active lifestyle whereas the other is a more unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. The first lifestyle kept him fit healthy and in shape as a kid but as a young adult, he was constantly battling a weight problem.

Let me ask you, knowing these two lifestyles, which one do you think results in the hard abs? Which one results in a higher sex drive? Which one results in a killer body?

The first one, right? Understand that your external look and your internal health is a direct response to the environment in which you live. The daily habits you maintain will determine the trend in your bodies’ function.

Think about it like this, When you invite a girlfriend around for a first date and she sees your house, she makes assumptions about you as a person. If your house is clean, tidy, and smells good, then she’s more likely to think you’re a “keeper”. But if your house is a mess, smells bad, and you have poor hygiene, then it’s highly unlikely that she thinks you are a keeper.

The environment in which you live in dictates more than just your health, it also dictates your relationships and other aspects of your life.

Healthy habits will lead to a healthy body and healthy lifestyle and unhealthy habits will lead to an unhealthy body.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that these magazines don’t hold great tips and ideas for a healthy lifestyle. What I am saying is that the essentials of health and fitness stay the same no matter how old, or young, you are.

Don’t be “sold” by these magazines into thinking there’s a quick fix…

…The thing is, these magazines are focusing on just a small percentage of what makes up a whole, healthy you. It’s like an iceberg. The biggest part of an iceberg is not seen, it’s below water.

These magazines do not deal with the biggest part of what makes you healthy. They focus on just the parts you see and are popular.

I know some of you are probably sitting there going, “Oh, great, another talk about how I should eat my vegetables.” Ultimately, I don’t want to sound like your mum and dad, but the truth is, they probably have it right.

Although it’s not “sexy” and “hot” to say you have a great body because you maintain a regular and healthy routine, the reality is that it’s the truth.

So think about what you can do today, tomorrow and the next day to start transforming your habits into healthy habits. Remember the formation of a habit takes around 20 days. So it will only be “different” and “painful” for a short period of time.