Refer to any dictionary and you’ll see the word “normal” pertains to one who conforms to a specific standard; someone who is usual, typical, or expected. Ouch!
Who in the world wants to be typical or just like everyone else? Don’t all of those positive self-help books tell us to stand out, be unique, and carve our own destiny? So why is it, most of our population is out-of-shape, low on energy and aging before their time? In other words, why are most of us content to be typical or in this case, typically unhealthy?
The main reason is acceptance. Acceptance of living and feeling a certain way because you’ve been doing it for so long that it becomes your new reality. One thing we need to understand is, the body and mind will always take the path of least resistance. This is a built-in evolutionary trait to help us conserve energy, only these days we need the complete opposite – we should be burning energy!
The question is, when is enough, enough? What determines what rock bottom looks like? The answer is in your complete control. Is it easier to sit back and do nothing? Is it easier to sleep in, stay up late watching mindless television, instead of going to bed at a decent time and waking up early to exercise? Of course it’s easier, but that’s just laziness talking.
The biggest mistake anyone can make us believing there is always enough time. Try telling that to the dude that just had a heart attack or the lady who was just diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. The point is, you live once, so why not live a life worth living?
Make your health a priority. No one else is going to do it for you. Take the first steps today. Decide to go for a long walk, to the gym or engage in some activity you actually enjoy. Say no to the crappy food – it’s not going to kill you (but the crappy food will). Go to sleep a little earlier, wake up early and get moving. Take steps to reduce the stress in your life and stop complaining so much. But do yourself and those who love you a favor…don’t put your health off for that perfect day that rarely if ever comes…START TODAY!