Today, people are more conscious of fitness and health. Media and online sties today are full on info on the healthy lifestyle, the right kinds of food to eat, and whatever you need to know on achieving this kind of lifestyle. However, although many people desire to have this kind of life, a lot fail to achieve it. Despite the warnings and despite our understanding of the warnings, there are still a lot of people who eat high-calorie diets and engage in harmful behaviors like taking drugs and drinking alcohol. There are those that have given their best to do these things but have utterly failed. What this shows us is that, for many people, it is a difficult task to achieve a healthy lifestyle and also the reason why sicknesses still prevail today. What could be the cause of this failure?
The difficulty in adopting healthy behaviors lie in the psychological influence of gratification. We are people who are impatient to see results instead of waiting until we see one. A lot of people today, if asked to choose between an instant reward over a better one promised in the future, will quickly choose the instant one. The problem with people is that they want everything now and they can’t wait for something that will still happen in the future even it is a far better reward than what you can have now.
If we apply this to being healthy, the reality is that you cannot immediately feel the effects or the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. People know what is good for them; the problem is that they don’t want to give up on the nice things which will only results in an unhealthy lifestyle. Because of the absence of immediate results, people stop dieting and exercising even though they know it is good for them. This is the reason why doing what is best you’re your health is so hard.
Applying instant gratification to your health problem can be a solution to this problem. We all have the ability to gain benefits from a healthy lifestyle and to lay aside instant gratification. Overcoming the problem of instant gratification can be done in several ways. You can try some methods to do this. One of the ways you can do it is by adding a bit of instant gratification to your health plan. Motive yourself by gibing yourself a reward whenever your health goal is achieved. As you get used to your new habits, you can start reducing your rewards.
Don’t make a mistake of rewarding yourself with food items that will go against your health goals. These things can get you past the need for instant gratification.