Here are the top 5 problems I believe inhibits eternal success in physical health, from a balanced life perspective.
1. Negative Beliefs about Exercise and the Gym
Many people still have outdated viewpoints about exercise, the gym and its effectiveness.
Some myths such as: “If I went to the gym, I would look huge, with ugly muscles!” are still prevalent amongst many individuals in western society, despite lacking the amounts of testosterone in order to make this happen in the first place.
This is a complaint normally issued by women who feel exercise is ‘too difficult’ and is the barrier to their success, when in fact it is the fork they refuse to put down.
The cultural, habitual progression of technology and entertainment over the last 20 years has somehow conditioned people into thinking that because we now spend the majority of our waking life sat in a chair, with our eyes glued to a screen – not fighting lions, that it means exercise is unnecessary and a complete waste of time.
Truth be told, exercise is one of the most productive things you can do in your life, especially if you care about the state of your physical and mental well-being.
2. Beliefs about Food and Nutrition
Overcoming this pitfall requires some firmly rooted beliefs to be changed. Those that are usually formed through the type of media they consume and the people they absorb information from.
Just because a particular food has high ‘fat’ content doesn’t mean they should be avoided completely.
Whether you’re trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight, fat is a necessary component that plays a huge role in your overall health.
There is a very good reason why I always suggest starting your journey towards a balanced life with the physical health component.
By starting with your physical health, you activate the domino effect, in this case a positive virtuous cycle whereby all the other areas of your life will begin to improve.
Why? Because looking after your body internally and externally promotes various mental health benefits: more confidence, heightened self-esteem and general zest for life which will in turn help you achieve balance in your mental health and your relationships, environment, work life and material wealth components.
3. Common Laziness and Lack of Desire To Improve
Potentially the most important and common inhibitor of our success.
For 99% of people, I am absolutely certain this is the reason for being in poor physical shape.
It’s not genetics, but a myriad of factors and unhealthy actions and habits that have led to this result.
The funny thing is, most of these factors are well within our control.
Most people just lack the motivation and desire to improve, and to them, there is ‘no point’ because they don’t even have the desire and will to live.
4. Failure To Understand That Success Isn’t Permanent If Not Maintained
Permanent lifestyle changes bring about permanent success in any facet of life.
Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
Reverting back to your previous lifestyle once you have achieved some success with your ‘miracle diet’ or ‘6 week exercise programme’ is a recipe for retarded failure.
"All kinds of gains" and achievements will reset back to zero if you don’t maintain your new lifestyle.
It’s called a lifestyle change for a reason: lifestyle change = change for life.
It’s quite the vicious cycle, going back and forth through success and failure.
I personally hold the belief that failure is good and rejection is lovely, but make sure you learn from your failures, that much is important.
Editor’s Note: I apologise for the amount of profanity showcased in the video below, however I felt that it was necessary and absolutely hilarious. :)
5. Undermining The Importance of Sleep
Our physical health and mental health are essentially a large interdisciplinary.
Usually when one is nourished, the other follows suit.
Similarly, when one isn’t receiving the right amount of attention and maintenance it requires, the other also falters.
They’re both linked and how they work can be seen easily with regards to our sleep.
It is also because of this reason that I advise myself and others not to choose jobs that affect our health purely for the monetary gain.
Many people unfortunately see sleep as 8 hours that could’ve been better utilised working and/or earning money, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Sleep is a very important and core component of our body’s recovery mechanism.
We don’t spend 33% of our lifetime sleeping for no good reason.
Those 6-10 hours of sleep are probably the ‘most important’ time of our lives – from our body’s perspective, it is the time where they work their hardest to ensure toxins built up throughout the day are released and cells are rejuvenated.