Before we answering that question let’s look at defining ‘healthy’ first. For many of us ‘healthy’ means being a certain size, and we end up focusing all our attention on our weight, attempting to solve the problem by balancing energy (i.e. calories in vs. calories out). But my newly acquired view of health is so much more about feeling healthy…having energy and a sense of vitality, feeling calm and at peace, being able to focus, feeling a strong connection to my partner and simply feeling mentally good about the choices I make, knowing that every one of them directly impacts every cell of my body (just the thought of doing good).
I think it is hard though to commit to ‘all this effort’ to get there ("healthy") when we, in most cases, don’t remember ever having experiencing ‘it’. Chasing something without fully appreciating what it feels like may be as if chasing a dream. The short-term benefits of consuming whatever it is that is right in front of us (maybe a cookie) is enticing as we know so well what it tastes and feels like when we have it. It’s easy to ignore in that moment the illusion of what may lie ahead if you decide not to have that cookie. But that, in my mind, is the most important part to getting healthier…feeling what it will feel like when you get there.
Why would you bother getting healthy? If you want to have more energy, close your eyes and envision what it feels like to have that energy. What are you doing with all that energy? Where are you at? Who are you with? Besides the fact that you will change billions of chemical reactions in your body making you already healthier, that feeling will help you get through those moment when the cookie is lying right in front of you. That’s what I love so much about Health Coaches - their guidance in this process is so eye opening…
Let’s maybe talk for a minute about getting there. There really is no ‘there’. It always gets better, and better, and better, and better. I’ve been on my journey for six years now and I continue to be amazed about the things I learn and get to experience. I’m constantly evolving, adding new foods and routines into my life to assess if they contribute to the feeling of health and happiness.
With that said, I put the question back to you…why do you bother getting healthy?