We all want to live full and healthy lives, and often this can be much harder to do than we originally think. The truth is that being healthy is a matter of making consistently right decisions – and that alone is hard enough to do for anyone. What also doesn’t help is that there are many misconceptions on the path to health which we are all guilty of accidentally believing in from time to time. It is always worth taking a closer look at them to ensure that we don’t get tripped up by them, as if left unobserved they can actually prove to be particularly damaging and unhelpful. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most common misconceptions now.
Health & Beauty Are The Same Thing
There is a general idea among a lot of people, especially younger people, that health and beauty are ultimately the same thing. But the truth is that you can be perfectly healthy, and it doesn’t’ necessarily mean you will feel beautiful – or vice versa either. Doing away with this particular form of misinformation might be essential for ensuring that we all take a much more enlightened approach to health, and when we separate out these two it means that we are much more likely to do what is right for our health, regardless of whether or not it will help our idea of personal beauty. This might turn out to be incredibly important.
No Fat Is Good
If you are trying to be healthy, and in particular lose weight, then you might be wanting to expunge fat from your diet as much as possible. This might seem like a good idea at first, except for the fact that fat is actually essential in order to be healthy, and is not something you should try to do away with altogether. There are different kinds of fats and different sources, and many fats are good for you to the extent that you should definitely not overlook them in any way or for any length of time. The fat from oily fish like salmon is particularly good for you, as is the fat from fat bombs and other similar products. Remember this when you are trying to sit or just be healthy, as it holds a lot of people back unnecessarily.
Mental Health & Physical Health Are Separate
A particularly prevalent idea in our culture is that the mind and body are two different systems, and that they don’t really integrate. But nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, your mental health and your physical health are closely intertwined, and you need to bear this in mind if you want to give both of them the best possible chance of being as healthy as possible. If you look after one, you are also helping to look after the other. Likewise, if you fail to look after one, it means that the other one will also inevitably suffer the consequences. Remember this if you want to adopt a more holistic approach to your health, as it might prove to be important to focus on both the mind and body as being essentially two parts of the same overall system.
All Exercise Is Equal
When you exercise, you should make sure to choose the one that is right for you in this moment, considering what goals you are trying to achieve and what you want to get out of it. Not all exercise is equal, so it’s vital that you remember that when you are trying to be as healthy as possible. The better you know your exercises and their purposes, the more likely it is that you will be able to make it really work for you as well as possible, and that will mean that you can achieve whatever health goals you might have much more easily and quickly. Get to know exercises of different kinds, and you will find that it really does make an enormous difference.
It Takes Money To Be Healthy
No idea is so prevailing and so unfortunate as this one, the idea that you need to spend money in order to be healthy. There is hardly anything else in the world which requires that you use money as little to get it right, so this is an idea which we should really try to collectively do away with as best as we can. All you need to do to be healthy is eat less, which will cost you less, move around a bit more, which is entirely free of charge, and look after your mind, which can be done for free with meditation and relaxation exercises. You will never have to spend money in order to achieve any health goal, although if you choose to spend money on a gym or something of that sort then it might be a little faster. Money is not a prerequisite for being healthy, so remember that above all if you are finding yourself held back by that notion.
Health Is Not A Choice
One of the biggest lies that people tell themselves is that they don’t really have much say in whether or not they are healthy. Rather than being grounded in any kind of truth, this actually subtly derives from people trying to give themselves an excuse as to why they cannot be healthy, or as healthy as they would hope to be. The truth is that being healthy is a choice, and one which you need to make consistently again and again if you want to make sure you really land it and get it right. It’s worth remembering that and reminding yourself as often as possible, as it will be the single biggest thing that might get in the way of your goals otherwise. Your health is in your hands, so it’s time to stop pretending as though it is not – and instead take action to improve it in whatever way you would like.