Why People Fail to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle
Today, people are more conscious of fitness and health. 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. Despite the numerous articles and information that we have, there are still may people who are unhealthy and have failed to achieve their health and fitness goals. 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. It seems that people who have set their heart at doing the right things have found themselves unable to attain their goals. What this shows us is that, for many people, it is a difficult task to achieve a healthy lifestyle and also the reason why sicknesses still prevail today. What could be the cause of this failure?
The influence of gratification is the main cause of this failure. We want to receive instant gratification for an action immediately instead of waiting for its rewards. A lot of people today, if asked to choose between an instant reward over a better one promised in the future, will quickly choose the instant one. Even if the future reward is a better one, they can’t wait and will choose the instant one readily.
If you apply this to living a healthy lifestyle, you cannot really see its effects immediately, but you need to wait for a while for you to see the results in your body. 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. And this is the reason why many people fail to achieve the healthy lifestyle.
Applying instant gratification to your health problem can be a solution to this problem. We all have the ability to gain benefits from a healthy lifestyle and to lay aside instant gratification. There is no single solution to overcoming the problem of gratification perception. But, you can actually try some methods to help you overcome this. In your health plan, add a bit of instant gratification. If, then, you are able to achieve a health goal, do something to motivate yourself. As you get used to your new habits, you can start reducing your rewards.
Don’t ever reward yourself with food items. With these rewards, you can have self gratification while achieving your health goals.
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