Why should we prioritize our health?
In our busy world it may seem like spending the hour at the gym each day, preparing food during the weekend, taking some time to stretch, going to bed a little early can be impossible or not worth it. I mean, we have a lot going on. We have jobs, kids, bosses (sometimes the kids, at least mine thinks she is), loans, debt, friends, family, church, new restaurants, movies, social ladders to climb, dates to go on, celebrities to read about, school to attend, Netflix to binge and I’ve barely made it through Tuesday.
We are busy, and we try to make ourselves even busier. So it is easy to not have time to shop, or run, or go to the gym, or cook, or meal prep or do anything we told ourselves we would do last month. The secret is, that’s ok. Not because you shouldn’t but because you can.
The fundamental problem is people want to change without making change. If you don’t do anything different, nothing will become different. Its not that we don’t have time, it is that we don’t make time. No one is busy, they are simply showing off what their priorities are.
With health and fitness though, sometimes we must look a bit deeper for our priorities to really allow ourselves to grow. I want to spend extra time with my children, so I can’t make it to the gym. This is great, and we should spend as much time as we can. But if this is your priority, your health and fitness should be also. Your children rely on you. To be a role model, to take care of them, to play with them. Sacrificing a few hours a week isn’t being neglectful, it is showing them that you care about yourself so you can care about them. We cannot serve if we are sick.
Another example is work. This one can be shorter. Successful people tend to work out. Understanding that your body is your vehicle to success is important. You can think more clearly, be less stressed, make better decisions if you are healthy.
It is too expensive. Eating out is more expensive than cooking, more medical bills are more expensive than less. Statistically you are more likely to be sick if you are out of shape. Also high body fat percentages are linked with chronic disease. Those can be expensive.
You are worth it. Regardless of what you prioritize, your health will fit into it. Your happiness needs to be first. If you are happy with where you are, that is awesome. Keep doing good things. But if you’re not, it might be time to consider making that change. I can promise you will not regret it.