As the years go by and with the increasing work, family and life pressures / demands, you may be starting to notice that it’s getting harder and harder to keep your once chiseled body from looking like Jarrod Hayne or Miranda Kerr. What once was tight and toned is now loose and soft. Sound familiar? The good news is that you can actually do something about it! In this 3 part series, we will go over 3 key areas that you must focus on if you want to be the best version of you.
Find Inner Happiness / Peace
When I speak to people about their health and fitness that are in their 40’s and 50’s, the theme is most often all too common, excuse after excuse and a million and one reasons why they can no longer train or excuses for why their body is not in the type of condition it should be for optimal health.
So how do we stop the kilos from piling you ask? Let’s begin to explore what needs to change for you to start to win the battle of life and come out on top, not only to live longer, but to living happier and working towards being the best version of you!
Change Your Internal Language
The first thing that needs to change is your internal language. Your own internal language can be your own biggest enemy as it can be you biggest ally. If you have lots of negative and self defeating talk going on in your head, it is going to be virtually impossible for you to be a better version of you. A practical and great way to change you internal language is to start to develop some “happy habits”.
Happy habits are a way for us to re-program our brains to look for the positive things in life and not the negative things. We are all so well programmed to look at the glass as half empty, to look for what we don’t have. What about what we actually do have? The good things? Having a positive outlook that views that proverbial glass as half full is so powerful in helping you create the life you really want.
Why do I have to focus on being happy?
One of the most primal needs we all share is the need and desire to be happy. When we are unhappy, emotionally unbalanced or not centred with our purpose in life, nothing works and everything suffers as a result. One of the biggest victims often is our health. Research shows that people that are happy and that have a positive internal language experience the following;
- they have fewer strokes
- they experience less pain and inflammation
- they have greater immune function and more resistance to viruses
- they develop more resilient personalities and handle adversity better
- they have better work performance and more professional success
- they have more fulfilling and longer-lasting marriages
- they have larger and more active social lives
- they are more involves in their communities and are more outward focused
- they are more financial successful
- they live longer
…not convinced yet?
My main point is, success doesn’t come before happiness, happiness comes before success and wellness follows.
So what are the happy habits then?
Each morning, write down three things that you’re grateful for. Three different things everyday, this will condition your brain to hunt for positives in your life.
Journal two minutes a day about one positive experience, or a “win” for the day. Be detailed, this will cause your brain to re-experience that event over again
Meditate daily. Nothing crazy or fancy needed, just stop, relax and watch your breathing go in and out of your diaphragm for about two minutes. This gets your brain to focus on the moment, the now and away from negativity.
Do a random act of kindness. A practical way to do this is to write an email to someone you know and thank them for being a good friend or for helping you someway in your life. Showing appreciation is powerful.
Exercise daily. Besides all the powerful health benefits (which we will go over in part 2 of this 3 part article) exercise produces powerful “happy hormones”, those being endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. How much exercise? What type? That really depends on many factors and I will go more in depth with this in part 2 of this series but for now, at least 1 hour a day of dedicated exercise.
Researchers are now starting to believe that there may even be a direct correlation between your attitude towards life and your health. Albert Schweitzer explain it perfectly “Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success”.
So let’s all focus on getting happy, and living this life with a smile from ear to ear as much as is possible.
In the next part of this series, I will be writing about the second key, “Keep your metabolic rate primed!”
I’ll leave you with some final words of wisdom, these from Mahatma Gandhi
“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become YOUR DESTINY.”