Being overweight or obese is a real and important problem, if not the biggest problem, even among the youth. It’s one of the reasons for lower self-esteem among the young people too.
One that lives a healthy life does have a good life. He/she enjoys growth and all the good benefits from personal development too. Obesity may cause several health problems, diabetes and heart diseases too. Many overweight people may develop depression and other mental problems.
One that has a good health is closer to success and it’s quite often that obese people do have the abilities to succeed, but lack the confidence to be a go-getter.
We made out a list of reasons for which health is so important to personal development.
- It builds positive relationships
One that has a good health lives (or has the main reasons) a happy life, attracting the good and positive, even in his/her relationships. He/she has confidence and is aware of his/her abilities, having a true understanding on himself/herself. This is why people are attracted to him/her. It’s not difficult for him/her to develop positive relationships and to get the best out of his/her life.
- It’s a main part of a good life
You can’t live your life to the fullest without being careful to your health. Having a balanced lifestyle and staying healthy sustains your well-being. You feel and are more energetic, physically strong, confident, emotionally and mentally stable. Your well-being may push you to explore and develop your abilities and potential and this means personal development.
- It helps you develop self-awareness
Personal development is also about self-awareness. One that is self-aware also knows what he/she wants in life. He/she has a clear idea about what he/she expects in life. A developed self-awareness helps you make decisions easier and you can’t do it without a good health.
- It keeps you focuses and gives you efficiency
You need to see your objectives nice and clear in order to be successful in life. You need to prioritize well things in your life and to focus on what you need to be done. Valuing your health and living a healthy life is going to help you do all that.
- You may achieve your goals
You’re not going to be able to develop your potential when you don’t take good care of your health. If you’re healthy conscious and live a healthy lifestyle, you get more productive. Only if you believe in good health and get the best out of your potentials is going to make the goal achievement a lot easier.
- You see and take advantage of your full potential
If you’re aware of your full potential and able to recognize and use your abilities, chances are you’re going to achieve your personal development. You need a physical body that you take good care of.
- It sustains your mental stability
If your mental health is ruined, you may not get where you plan in life. One that isn’t mentally stable isn’t going to perform well on physical, social and intellectual tasks. He/she is going to have difficulties into developing his/her full potential and to find out his/her abilities. One with mental health problems is going to live in isolation. You may avoid this by leaving a healthy life as good health is fundamental for mental stability.
Now that you get the idea of why is good health important for your personal development, let’s get you through a list of things that you may do for staying healthy throughout your life.
- Keep the pressure off
If your blood pressure is too high, the extra force may ruin your artery walls and cause scar tissue. Blood and oxygen are going to get slower to and from your heart.
Long story short, check your blood pressure every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re over 40 or you know you have high blood pressure, check it every year.
You may want to cut down alcohol and salt and have more of those healthy foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein). Work out more and see the results. If there aren’t any, you may also have to take some medication.
- The lucky number seven
Studies show that middle-age adults and young people that have 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (which an early sign of heart disease), when compared to those who slept only 5 hours or less, or those who slept 9hours or more.
If you have problems falling asleep or getting enough sleep it’s better to ask your doctor about what’s the best solution for you.
- Check for diabetes
Amazingly or not, there are millions of people out there that don’t know if they have diabetes. This is quite risky and high blood sugar ruin arteries, causing heart diseases.
You should check your blood sugar if you’re over 45, overweight, pregnant or present higher risk for developing diabetes.
You need to change your diet and your lifestyle if you diagnosed with diabetes.
- Cut down the saturated fats
In order to lower the risk for heart diseases, you need to cut down on saturated fats, which is mainly meat and full-fat dairy products.
You need to go for the reduced-fat options and leaner cuts. Stay away from the trans-fats that you find in processed foods, as they increase your “bad” cholesterol level.
If you haven’t had your cholesterol for more than 5 years, you should get it checked ASAP.
- Exercise more
You don’t have to go to the gym daily, as 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise will do. Anything that means you’re moving around and causing a slight sweat may do the trick.
Pay attention to how much time you’re spending sitting, no matter if it’s sitting in your car or at work. You need to cut that time down as much as you can.
Try to break up long periods of sitting and stand up whenever you’re having the chance (talking on your phone or watching TV).
- Do what you love a lot more
Having stress in your life is inevitable, so you need to manage stress in a healthy way. Whether it’s yoga, meditation or exercise, you need to do it as often as you can for reducing stress level in your life.
You should also spend more time with the people you like and love. Confide, share a laugh, talk and enjoy each other as it has great benefits for your emotional health and your heart too.
- Don’t mind the scale that much
Check with your doctor to see if your weight is good for you. If not, you may want to make some changes in your eating habits and be more active too. But it’s not just that as some develop “emotional eating” as their wat to find comfort and relief stress. If you’re having problems getting rid of this type of habits, you may want to check with a counselor to find the solutions for this type of problems.
- Throw away the cigarettes, no matter the type
Everybody knows by now that smoking and secondhand smoke are endangering your heart. If you’re smoking, you’d better stop now and take distance from someone that smokes too.
Even though E-cigarettes are popular, they do come with some concerns too. They may not contain the dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke, but they still include nicotine. Your main goal should be to give up smoking entirely and not only switch to a less toxic option.
- Clean up
Your heart does its best when it runs on clean fuel. You need to give it plant-based foods (veggie, fruits, nuts, and a seeds) and less refined or processed foods (crackers, pasta, cookies, and white bread).
You need to clean up your diet and the easiest way to do it is to cut down on sugary beverages (soda and fruit juice) as they lack the fiber from actual fruits.
We’re drinking too many of our calories that don’t fill us up as real food is. They don’t have any nutritional benefit so you may want to get rid of them today.
- Honor each step of the way
It takes time and will to take all of the steps we just listed. You need to go for the progress and not the perfection. Don’t hesitate to celebrate every good step that you’re taking. You may ask someone in your family or some of your friends to come along, as support is so important in this type of changes.
In a nutshell
Taking care of your body and staying healthy all your life is one important thing you need to do for your personal development. The healthier you are, the better the chances for you to take various job opportunities, to take higher risks in your adventures. A healthy body means also good mental health, thus increasing you the chances for better decision making and exploring all of your inner talents and skills!