Being healthy, achieving your body goals, working on yourself – everything is just one person’s responsibility, and that person is YOU. You can watch a ton of videos on exercise, you can read a lot of material on the benefits of yoga, you can listen to every podcast on eating right, but if you are not applying any of that in your daily life then it is meaningless.
“Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.” -Naval Ravikant
Inaction leads you nowhere, your health is no different. Unless you make lifestyle changes, you aren’t going to see long-lasting positive changes in your health. The changes you make don’t have to be big, every small step counts. It can be waking up early, or drinking more water, or doing 15 minutes of yoga in the morning.
As long as you are bringing in positive lifestyle changes, you will see results. You can join a gym, you can take classes, you can have a dietician, you can visit different experts but you give up on everything in a few days or as soon as you step out of the establishment, it is as good as doing nothing.
You can’t keep up your junk food and processed food eating habits and then wonder why you aren’t losing weight even though you have started running every day. A balance of everything is essential. Having a proper, well-balanced diet is a solution to a lot of problems. Start by what you intake – decrease the amount of unhealthy junk you put in your body, start counting calories and including things that your body lacks.
While protein shakes and juices are great, don’t forget that our body is still made of water. Don’t forget to drink water. If anything, start by increasing your water intake. Develop a habit of drinking more water than you currently are if you don’t drink enough. Try reducing your takeouts from 5 days a week to 3 days a week to 1 day a week. This way it won’t be a massive change to your routine, and you will slowly be cutting your unhealthy habit away.
Batch cooking works the best if you don’t have time to cook every day. You can take one day out to prepare meals for the rest of the week so that you will have something healthy readily available to you, and won’t have to rely on takeouts and fast food.
Being responsible for your health doesn’t mean that you have to spend big bucks on going to specialists and buying healthy stuff, taking membership to gyms or hiring a personal trainer. It doesn’t mean giving up everything you love. It means moderating the things you put in your body, it means listening to your body – giving it what it lacks and working on keeping it in the best shape possible. How well you take care of your body will be apparent from how much your body will work for you.