Why do you want to be healthier, fitter, lose a few pounds?
So often people come to us saying they want to lose weight and get fitter. And when we ask “why?”, often the answer is, because I’ll be happier when I am in size x or weight xkgs. But that’s the wrong way to look at goals. You should never tie your happiness to the end result. People do this with other things too., “I’ll be happy when I earn £x” or “I’ll be happy when I have a new house”
Everyone can be happy NOW. It’s a decision you make. you can literally decide to be happy.
Most people decide to be unhappy all the time. In fact for some people its a competition of whose life is worse. Ever been out with friends when someone says something bad happened, only for someone else to pipe up and be like, “you think thats bad, I had this happen to me”. Why do we do it? Its crazy right.
When it comes to reaching your goals you need to be happy first. There is in fact a whole bunch of research on this from the the world of positive psychology. One book that Chris absolutely RAVES about is a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Go and grab that right now, its a short easy read and actually incredibly eye opening.
When it comes to your health and fitness goals being happy will help you reach your goals.
You may have heard Chris say, “your physiology affects your psychology and your psychology affects your physiology”, and its so true. So lets go grab happiness from both sides then.
It seems that in this day and age sleep is somewhat neglected! Sleep seems to be something that gets in the way of being awake. Being awake allows things like eating, over thinking and working. Again its like a competition for who has slept the least, and people wear it as a badge of honour. I’m sure we have all been guilty of this.
There is nothing that we need more today than a balanced life which includes sleep. Without sleeping, how are you supposed to function? Read THIS BLOG to find out how to get better sleep!
When it comes to losing weight you need to reduce your cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone. If we have too much of that in the body, it won’t get rid of excess fat, in fact it may add on more. Well with good sleep, you can lower those cortisol levels. Lower those cortisol levels and watch your happiness levels increase.
It is physically impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. taking time to think about what you are grateful for has shown to increase happiness over the long term. In fact, writing down just 3 things each day that you are grateful for will do it.
According to a study from researchers in the University of Minnesota and Florida, had participants write down a list of positive events at the end of the day lowered their stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night. So an increase in happiness immediately AND better sleep, which in turns further lowers cortisol levels and increases happiness.
Meditation, yoga and mindfulness can help us in soooo many ways. There is so much research around this topic its crazy. The overriding conclusion… meditation improves just about everything when it comes to your health. I am not talking about meditation for hours each day. In fact all it takes is 10minutes! And there are apps that guide you through the process.
I urge you to unplug, sleep, practice gratitude and meditation or mindfulness. You will be more relaxed, less stressed and reach your goals quicker.
Here is one of my favourite quotes… from John Lennon
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”