New Year's Day has passed. All the resolutions and goals for the year have been made or already broken. We are only half way through the month of January, but I wanted to emphasize just how important our health is. Not just our bodily health, but our family health as well. Take away either of these and you find yourself in a tail spin. So take a look at the root of what really matters in each of these three areas: time.
We measure time with a clock on the wall, but how should we really measure time when we are trying to not only change the lives of others, but our own? The old question arises, "If you could pick one, would it be quantity or quality?" So here we go.
Spending hours at the gym doesn't mean that each of those hours are worth anything. Yes, you can be exercising while you are there, but typically the longer you spend at the gym, the more socializing and phone-surfing takes place (selfies included). Socializing is fantastic and essential, but we're just talking about the nitty-gritty part of the gym here- working out. If you bust your tail in the gym for 30-45 minutes, you have done more than if you spend 2 hours there slowly moving from machine to machine.
Then you have food. If you just fill up your cart because it is on sale or quick and easy, you're doing it wrong. Quality food with quality prep time is key to keeping your goals. Eating healthy is not that difficult, it just starts in the shopping aisles. Lean meats, quality vegetables and whole grains is an easy way to start. The less processed, the better. The less garbage you buy at the store, the less chance of eating it at home.
Being home with family is not as important as spending time with family. You can be at home, but spend time in separate rooms or constantly busy with some form of housework. The quality of the time spent together is what really matters.
I have a friend who recently welcomed a new baby girl into this world. He yo-yo'd with dieting and losing weight in the past but this new addition to the world changed things completely. He had a new motivation for changing his life and that was his new little girl. He knew that in order to be there when she graduates college and be apart of every aspect of her life, the small little things needed change now instead of later. He saw that quality in diet and lifestyle now would would equal quality time with his loved ones later in life. I applaud him for the changes he has made and how much they say about how much he cares for his family, and himself.
The bottom line: No matter what your motivating factor is inside, give it time, quality time to accomplish. This will not only positively affect your life, but those around you as well.
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Spiritual health is an important factor, perhaps the most important, but we will cover that in another chapter!
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.