The evidence is indisputable: chronic health problems, obesity, andpremature death are all cite lack of physical exercise and poor diet ascontributors to the problems. Incontrast, numerous studies show that even modest improvements in diet andexercise can stave off these health problems permanently, leading to longer,healthier, more fulfilled lives.
The trouble is healthy habits are hard to establish in a world focusedon quick and easy meals, quick rises up the corporate ladder, and a focus onmonetary or social status rather than health. This leads many pursuing a healthier lifestyle to lean on willpoweralone rather than support from the outside world. But it’s never too late to make habitualchanges, despite how difficult the path may seem.
Coined by Doctor David L Katz in his book “Disease Proof,” he suggests not relying so much on willpower forchange, but invest in “skill power.” Once we know the steps to take, climbing the ladder to better healthseems an easier task with more rungs in place to hold one up.
Katz has some suggestions for developing the “skill power” to makehealthier choices, one of which is retraining your taste buds. While cutting out sugar when switching to aplant-based diet, or reducing fat by switching to skim milk, can seem a hugechore, the key is to stick with it. Studies show that those who transition slowly into a new diet acquirenew tastes more easily, allowing them to add formally unpalatable foods intotheir diet. Using milk as an example,studies have shown it takes no more than two weeks to adjust to the differencein whole and skim, and upon retrying whole those who have switched find theyprefer the lower vat variety.
The same principle can be applied to exercise. Find something enjoyable and engage in itslowly at first, building up the length of time and the body’s endurance levelsover a period of weeks rather than jumping feet first into the fire. Switching physical activities also helpsprevent boredom in those who are easily distracted and require constantstimulation.
The important thing is to keep at it. Changing a lifestyle takes time, and the more time one invests, thebetter their physical and mental health will be because of it.
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