Healthy Habits Suck! YEAH!
I’ve just started swimming again. It’s been at least six months since I got in the pool, and like many people, at the moment I’m focused on getting fitter and losing a little weight. The question is, how long will it last?
How do you live a healthy life?
Healthy habits aren’t easy to sustain. And, we all know how quickly new years resolutions fail, let alone crash before they get off the ground. In the book, Healthy Habits Suck, psychologist and health behaviours researcher, Dayna Lee-Bagley, explores ‘how to get off the couch and live a healthy life…even if you don’t want to.’ Listen to her talk about her book in this podcast episode of Psychologist off the Clock.
Do diets ever work?
With so much access to bad food, it can be a struggle to stick to a healthy diet. Typically, we follow the inevitable sequence of starting a diet, making some great progress, falling off the wagon and gaining back the weight. This yoyo impact often leaves us feeling disappointed and frustrated, which is why ‘all diets work until they don’t. In this article by GMB Fitness, you’ll learn more about how to build some flexible guidelines so you can maintain a better relationship with food and your body.
Get busy moving or get busy sitting
Over the last 12 months, my typical pattern of exercise has been a combination of running, gym and football. But some extreme hip pain has stopped me in my tracks. While some much-needed physiotherapy is helping, I didn’t want to put off exercise altogether, which is why I’ve jumped back in the pool.
I’m so glad I have, because not only can I still get some cardiovascular exercise going, it’s helping to strengthen my muscles and relieving the pain. This decision has reminded me of something I’m telling people all of the time. Flexibility is king (and Queen)!
Our minds are so effective at putting-up barriers that we get stuck. We get stuck trying to the same thing even when it doesn’t work. We keep eating bad food or we put off exercise because we are in pain. If we give in, it is like you are allowing your mind to be a dictator. And, like most dictatorships, your life is going to suffer.
How do you build flexibility?
One way is to find meaning in why you to do something. Although this isn’t easy, Victor Frankl shows us how this is possible even under the most aversive of circumstances.
Check out below the video animation of his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, as well as the rest of this week’s round-up of ideas from around the world to help you work, love, play and feel better.
Openforwards Weekly Round-Up
- Diets Don’t Work
- Healthy Habits Suck
- Put your Feelings Here
- Man’s Search for Meaning
- Quit your job even when you’re scared
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