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Are you hindering your own progress?

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Living in a world where we are surrounded by commodities does little to help us shake off our bad habits. In fact, we brush off many of them without ever stopping to think what we are doing to our bodies. Having everything available at the touch of a button can turn into a debilitating advantage. Here are some of the things you might unconsciously be doing to hinder your own progress towards your health goals.

The big picture of health

The poor habits which most often plague our everyday lives are poor nutrition, the trapping of a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking, a lack of proper sleep, etc. While it is unavoidable and completely acceptable to indulge your weaknesses once in awhile, bit by bit, we accumulate just enough junk food to get from an “occasional treat” to an “everyday snack”. While we are quite aware of the harm we are are causing, we manage to convince ourselves that we are not really causing any harm. However, here’s what lies in wait: you are opening the door to the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension and other health issues.

The aim is not to cut pleasure and fun from your life. You also don’t need to cut all bad habits. What you do need to do is turn the bad habits into a once-in-a-long-time outlet. If you try to go cold turkey and eliminate your favourite sweets from your life completely, you will feel miserable. No need to fear the sugar – just keep it at a proper distance.

In the balance

Apart from your diet, the cornerstone of health is leading an active lifestyle, instead of whiling away your days on the couch. As little as 30 minutes of cardio exercise three to four times per week is enough to ensure you live longer. The time and effort you invest in exercising is nothing compared to the opulent benefits. Namely, people who work out regularly tend to avoid diseases such as osteoporosis and are less likely to experience serious anxiety and depression. If you are going to take on working out at least a bit more seriously, you need to get yourself some proper equipment, such as weight lifting straps, kettlebells, etc. Safety first, after all, and you never want to get injured in the process of altering your life for the better.

Some people use their weaknesses as justification for their laziness. A wise man once said that a battle is won (and lost) before the armies even clash. It is all in the preparation and the attitude you face your challenges with. Whatever you do, avoid raising the white flag before facing a problem. Failure is not the end of the road, it is a stepping stone leading you closer to the kind of person you want to be.

If there is such a thing as a silver bullet for problems in life, it is called moderation. Sleeping your days away is not the most productive thing to do, but if you keep the hours you log in bed within the recommended limits, your brain will run like clockwork. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to delicious junk food, unless you go overboard with it.

No price tag

Achieving your full potential is not something you should dare to throw away lightly. Spoils come to those who display commitment over the long haul. So, do not seek to cut corners. Building healthy habits is a lengthy process with many ups and downs, but little room for compromise. You must learn how to say no and tone down on indulgence. The ultimate reward will be the sense of self-accomplishment, and the realization that some things in life are priceless and non-negotiable.

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