A black woman eating fruit. © Jason Stitt – Fotolia.com
by Sloan Luckie, Blackdoctor.org
Most people know how to eat right and exercise…right?
Maybe, maybe not. At a recent Body Under Construction book signing, I was asked, “Since everyone knows that we should eat right and exercisein order to live longer, healthier lives, why don’t we do it?”
I think that this is a great question that get to the very heart of why.
Here are the 7 UNLUCKY reasons I gave her…
Expectations. We set our expectations too high and establish unattainable weight and health goals. When these unattainable goals are not reached, most give up on attaining and maintaining optimal health before giving the process time to work.
Instant Results. Many expect instant results. They view themselves in the mirror and weigh themselves daily expecting an immediate transformation. When instant results fail to appear, many give up. Ironically, when we became overweight, the weight gained did not occur instantly. It was an insidious process that took place over a period of time.
Attaining and maintaining optimal health requires patience as a person reverses the unhealthy habits which took years to develop.
Procrastination. We find multiple reasons to start tomorrow. Many won’t start until they are required to by a doctor who warns if you don’t develop healthier eating and fitness habits, you are at risk for cancer, heart disease, type2 diabetes or other chronic illness. Start today so you can have many healthy tomorrows.