A Post on Mindset and Choices by Cape Town Personal Trainer JP Steyl
What do you want?
The choices you make every day are moving you in the direction of a future which you can predict with significant accuracy. And your mindset determines the choices that you make.
According to Dr. Monte Ladner, M.D., it is without dispute that you can reduce the chances that you will be stricken with a major chronic disease by 80%. These major diseases include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.1
Dr. Ladner outlines the four lifestyle habits that determine whether or not you can count yourself in the segment of people that enjoy this protection from disease:
1. Not smoking
2. Exercising at least 30 minutes every day
3. Eating a healthy diet which contains large amounts of vegetables and fruit
4. Keeping your weight down
Do you want this protection?
Do you meet the above criteria?
Your present mindset impacts your future health
Your mindset is a critical component in determining where you fall in the risk of being sick or healthy, strong or frail. Every day, all day, you make decisions that directly impact how healthy you will be now and in the future. Upon what are you focused?
If your mindset is centered upon long-term health and vitality, then you will make decisions that increase the odds that your future will be full of health and strength. You will get off the couch and exercise, you will resist the chips and brownies, you will actively pursue healthy food and you will make sure that your weight is appropriate.
If, on the other hand, your mindset is centered upon instant gratification, you will make decisions that increase the odds that you will follow the path that most Americans are on and have a future that is characterized by painful disease, reduced mobility and dependence upon ever-increasing medication.
Let the future determine your present mindset
Try this. Spend some time thinking about how you want to feel in 10, 20, or 40 years. What kind of 40 year old do you want to be? How do you want to feel physically when you are 50? Would you like to be a 60 year old who runs marathons and feels 20 years younger?
Let that image create your mindset right now. What do you need to change?
Now try this. If you continue on your current course, how do you think you will feel in 10, 20 or 40 years? Consider the rate of disease and debilitation of most upper-middle aged and older people. Is that your trajectory? Every day you make decisions that cement your future health.
Right now is the time to decide to master your mindset and put yourself on a course toward strength, health and vitality. Look over the four components that are necessary for making this kind of life as likely as possible. Take them one at a time, and make a plan. Set your face toward your future and create health.
GREATEST VICTORIES ARE BORN IN THE HEART
JP Steyl- Head Coach at ForeverStrong
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