LIFESTYLE: IT’S NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL PACKAGE

 

Publication2CROPPED400Providing guidance to help people achieve a better quality of life is a noble goal. One of the biggest problems, however, is not knowing what the recipient’s goals and desires are. It is easy to tell people to:

  • eat better

  • exercise more

  • reduce stress

but without clearly understanding an individual’s needs, these recommendations may not meet the requirements necessary to achieve the lifestyle desired.

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It might be more advantageous to view lifestyles like we view cars. The above pictures show eight examples of different cars. Although they are all designed to get a person from point “A” to point “B”, each one does so in a different manner. The “economical” car will likely require less maintenance, less gas, and provide less performance than the “sports” car. The reason for such a variety of cars is to meet the variety of needs for the consumers who drive them.

Determining LIFESTYLE needs is similar. An individual looking to satisfy basic needs (similar to the economical car) doesn’t need to perform daily high intensity exercise and follow a highly specialized dietary program to achieve this. Conversely, those seeking to compete in physically challenging events (ex. Power lifting, Spartan games, Crossfit games, etc…) have increased requirements (similar to the sports car or muscle car) to achieve their desired results.

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When deciding which LIFESTYLE habits best suit your needs, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is my current status of health? (You can use your lab findings, current need for any medication, current ability to perform activities of daily living, current emotional status, current dietary habits, current exercise habits and current quality of sleep)

  2. Am I satisfied where I’m at in Life? If I am, is my current plan of action likely to achieve these results LONG TERM? If not, what am I REALISTICALLY willing to change to accomplish my LONG TERM goals?

  3. Do I want to rely on a doctor to determine whether I’m “HEALTHY,” or do I want to rely onΒ  MYSELF (with the assistance of a professional) to access whether my lifestyle habits are meeting my needs?

  4. Am I willing to alter my LIFESTYLE to the point necessary to minimize the effects of aging (physical and mental?)

  5. Am I willing to view LIFESTYLE changes to improve my quality of life and health as an asset, or will my perception and focus on “sacrifices” outweigh the benefits?

Answering these questions (honestly) can help reduce STRESS by helping guide each of you in a more practical direction to achieving your individual goals. Determine for yourself which CAR/LIFESTYLE “suits your needs” BEST to get you from point “A” to point “B” in life.Β  This LIFESTYLE creates the foundation for your plan of action. This plan of action will help you achieve the level of HEALTH you seek by matching your actual needs with realistic methods for achieving your goals.

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8 comments

  1. A great way to show a comparison Doctor J….I am probably the simple car, in fact, we don’t have a car..we walk or take a bus.. one you can hop on and off where you like, open to the elements. Our food is healthy, locally bought or home grown, simple with the occasional treat and a doctor..Yes, if was really necessary….I average 40/50km a week and my weight is slowly dropping and has been since I lived here. The best thing my tummy is flatter than my daughters…lol but I put that down to the walking. A car……we hire one sometimes and have a trip out or catch a plane…only short trips of an hour in the air and then explore…It suits us in our retirement..Oh and I write…lol But I think it is a great analogy to use the car as an example…shared πŸ™‚

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  2. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    So come on…What car are you????? Simple like me??????

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  3. Very precise title, hits bull’s eye.

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  4. great questions…..something to think about for sure….thanks Jonathan….

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    1. It seems a few questions (without judgement) gets people thinking about their own lives. This is often a precursor needed to help people pursue better/healthier choices.

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      1. It sure helps me….thank you

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  5. I like this !!! Good one Jonathan. Also, very inspirational ….I want to strive for an even better car πŸ™‚

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    1. ..then you will SUCCEED at getting one!… It often comes down to priorities and committed effort. πŸ™‚

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