You only get one body in this life, so you need to look after it.
Advice about caring for your body is conflicting and often confusing, hence it’s sometimes hard to know what’s best.
Many people abandon any effort to take care of themselves because it’s just too difficult.
But the application of a little science, and quite a lot more common sense, can go a long way to helping you to work out what’s best for you and your body.
In any aspect of caring for yourself, there are three questions to ask:
- What do I want to do?
- What is best for me?
- What am I going to do?
The first aspect relates to your emotions: it is about how you feel, and what you want to do, whether about what you eat, when you go to sleep, or how much exercise you take.
The second applies reason to the situation, and asks what you think.
Finally, you need to balance those two aspects, and make a decision about what you actually do in any given situation.
There will be many times when what you want to do coincides perfectly with what you know you should do.
You may want to go out for a bike ride because the sun is shining, or go to bed early because you are tired.
At other times, you will find that you are very tempted to do something that you know you would be better avoiding.
You may want to eat another slice of chocolate cake, for example, or not take exercise because you are busy.
It is important to remember that you don’t always have to do the right thing.
Every now and then, it will be fine to follow your instincts and eat chocolate, or laze around in bed all day. But if you do that too often, there will be consequences. For example, if you overeat and do not take enough exercise, you are likely to end up overweight, which can lead to the development of various chronic diseases including diabetes.
By all means give yourself a break from time to time, but don’t let bad behaviour become a habit because habits are hard to break.
Empower yourself and step away for disempowering things and situations.