If you’re like most health-conscious people, you strive for wellness, and sometimes you do great and sometimes not so great. There is just too much around to distract us, temp us, or inconvenience us, and as a result, achieving wellness can be more difficult than we’d like.
Fortunately, there are ways to overcome the obstacles to wellness! We’ve outlined the top wellness obstacles and our tips for overcoming each one below…
If time is your biggest obstacle, making healthy lifestyle habits a part of your daily life is going to be really important for you. Start by making simple changes to how you do everyday things. For example, instead of looking for the closest parking spot, look for the one farthest away, take the steps instead of the elevator, make play time with your kids more active, and try getting up 15 minutes earlier than normal and going for a brisk walk in the morning. Read the following article for more ideas: 5 Tips For Finding Time To Exercise.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can certainly increase your budget, especially if you want to purchase organic foods and have a gym membership, but there are ways to cut costs. Try purchasing only the dirty dozen for organic foods instead of trying to go fully organic since those foods have been shown to contain the most pesticides. Instead of a gym membership, go for walks around your neighborhood or do a fitness DVD at home. As far as other choices go, consider the fact that healthy choices will likely save you money in the long run because they can help you prevent illness and disease.
If staying motivated is an obstacle for you, you are certainly not alone. This is probably the most difficult and most popular obstacle to overcome. Try hanging out with people who are more motivated than you are when it comes to making healthy choices. Their passion and drive will wear off on you and you’ll feel more motivated. Where can you meet these people? Sign up for a fitness class or a meetup.com group in your area.
Another way to stay motivated is to set long-term and short-term goals. Start by setting a long-term goal, such as losing 10 pounds in 3 months. Then set weekly and daily goals that will help you stay on track. Start each day with the intention of meeting your goal for the day, and track your progress each night. Consider having an accountability partner who can help you stay on track as well.
Injuries and illnesses make keeping up with our health and wellness goals difficult because it gets us off track, and once that happens, it’s even more difficult to get back into the swing of things. The best way to avoid that issue is to not allow yourself to get fully off track to begin with. For example, although you need to rest while you are sick or if you have an injury, you can manage to do some light yoga stretches (as long as they don’t interfere with an injury). This way, your body will still stay somewhat fit so that getting back into your normal routine won’t feel so difficult.
Sometimes doing the same exercise routines or eating the same healthy foods can just get boring. If you struggle with this problem, it is important that you always shake things up. Keep trying new healthy foods, always be changing your workouts, and try new healthy products on your skin. There is certainly enough out there to keep you from getting bored – you just need to find them.
Temptation is everywhere, from the TV to the billboards to the magazines and at restaurants and more. Learning to not give into temptation is a huge part of leading a healthy lifestyle, although it certainly isn’t easy. The best way to avoid temptation is to stay away from it as much as possible. Instead of purchasing junk food (even if you intend not to eat it and are just buying it for the kids) buy healthier options. Your kids don’t need the junk food either so you’ll be setting them up for health success! Other ways to avoid temptation is to go to parties already full, hire someone to make you healthy treats instead of eating packaged cookies, and eat at home more often instead of eating out so much.
Even after all of that, temptation is still something some people struggle with. That’s when your goals become extremely important. Follow the goal plan we suggested in the Motivation section to help you stay on track.
Sometimes, we are just too darn tired to cook a healthy meal or do our exercise routine. That’s when it becomes important to work on the source of the fatigue. It’s so much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when we feel energetic and vibrant, so work on tackling the root cause first. Start by visiting your physician and discussing possible reasons for your fatigue, which might include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lack of sleep, too much stress, an unhealthy diet, and not enough exercise. From there, you and your doctor can develop a plan to gain more energy. You might try taking some supplements, eating less processed foods, getting more sleep, or meditating to reduce your stress.
If laziness is your obstacle, it’s time to wake up. If you don’t have your health, you won’t have much of a life, and even if you feel fine now, unhealthy habits will eventually catch up with you. Here are 7 Ways to Take Control of Your Health, and if you are competitive, try this 21-Day Wellness Recharge Challenge to get you started. Once you start making better choices, you’ll find it easy to continue, especially when you notice the difference it makes in how you feel and look.
Sometimes just believing that A) wellness is possible and B) the healthy choices you make will make a difference is a big obstacle for some people. The fact is, it’s never too late to start transforming your health, and every little thing you do makes a difference. Learn more here: Should You Give Up On Good Health? If you don’t believe you can do it, set out to find people who overcame obstacles to improve their health. There are tons of those kinds of stories available online and they can be a great inspirational tool when you need a little belief booster.