There’s a saying which has mostly been doing the rounds in the realms of personal financial management and I suppose business as well, which is that if you “Show me your friends, I’ll show you who you are.” Perhaps one which is closely related to this one and is even more directly applicable to the personal finances is that of how it’s believed that “If you hang out with five broke people, you’ll be the sixth broke person in your little group” and the same is true of the effects of hanging out with rich people.
Does this suggest that you should get new friends though? I mean the people whom you call your closest friends didn’t get that way by some Mickey-Mouse chance!
Since this is indeed a blog which deals more with health, fitness and lifestyle issues, I beg to apply the above mentioned principles accordingly to the health and fitness areas of our lifestyles. If you have five obese friends, you’ll likely be the sixth obese friend in your group and if you have five friends who have healthy hearts because they occasionally play some kind of team sports to a competitive degree, guess who’s going to be the sixth person in the group with a healthy heart?
It’s you, isn’t it?
Friends, peers, family members, colleagues, relatives, etc, – any group of people with whom you spend most of your time will have a huge bearing on your lifestyle and your life, so there’s no getting away from the fact that it will definitely make for a challenge if you want to lead a much healthier lifestyle surrounded by loved-ones who are very far down the other way.
In the beginning, you might find yourself going alone, whether it’s to a dentist in Cave Creek, AZ (or elsewhere) for regular oral checkups or hitting the gym every day after work. However, these actions can eventually have a positive impact on your loved ones and may even inspire and encourage them to do the same.
That said, change is hard, and resistance to change comes as naturally as the sun rises and sets within a period of 24 hours. So if you have to dedicate an hour a day to some hard labour in the gym for example, be prepared to have to break away from the group temporarily and sometimes for longer periods of time as you pursue your positive, healthy-living lifestyle change.
Embracing a healthier lifestyle also involves gradually shedding detrimental habits, such as alcohol consumption and smoking. These habits often act as barriers to our overall well-being, affecting not only our physical health but also our mental and emotional states. Instead of attempting abrupt and drastic changes, consider a more gradual approach. Switch to non-alcoholic beverages when you go out with friends or look up disposable bars on DIY Vape Wholesale and similar stores and give them a try instead of cigarettes. Small increments and adjustments like that can have a big impact. By setting realistic goals and allowing yourself the time to adjust, you can incrementally reduce your reliance on these substances.
Vaping is often viewed as a superior choice to traditional smoking for several key reasons. Firstly, vaping eliminates the combustion process inherent in smoking, which is the primary source of the harmful chemicals and toxins present in cigarette smoke. Rather than burning tobacco, vaping devices heat a liquid (e-juice) to generate an aerosol for inhalation. This fundamental difference results in a significant reduction in harmful byproducts, including tar and carbon monoxide, which are responsible for many of the health issues linked to smoking. Users also prefer the rechargeable aspect of some vapes, like the Flerbar Baymax, which makes it last longer. Secondly, vaping offers a harm reduction aspect when compared to smoking. Users have greater control over the nicotine content in e-liquids, enabling them to gradually decrease their nicotine intake and potentially facilitate smoking cessation. While vaping is not devoid of health concerns, such as possible risks to lung and cardiovascular health, it is generally considered a less harmful alternative for individuals who may find it challenging to quit nicotine use entirely.
This method can help ease the transition, making it more manageable and sustainable, while allowing you to replace these habits with healthier alternatives that nurture your body and mind. Remember, the path to a healthier life is about progress, not perfection, and each small step towards letting go of harmful habits is a significant stride in leading the healthy-living revolution.
The pressure is on you to deliver because your closest friends and loved ones are naturally forward like that, justifiably so too. They will ask you questions like “So Megan, you spend so much time at the gym but I don’t see your tummy flattening. Is the gym a metaphor for a secret boyfriend or something?”
That’s some great pressure to be under because it’ll only serve to motivate you. If they see the results then it’ll be much easier to rope them in to join you on a journey that will only be of good to all of you.
Practice healthy-living in all areas of your life, from healthy gift ideas to give to all your friends and family when their special occasions come around, right up to something like signing the lot of you up to some fun physical activity whose health benefits are inherent and perhaps subtly hidden.