Physical illness and depression is causes due to inactivity and poor eating habits.
So reverse this statement and you get: You can have good physical condition and happiness with activity and good eating habits.
If your goal is to improve your health and to stop being depressed about your life; increasing your activity level can help achieve your goal. [Goal Setting Key Points]
Did you ever come across the saying “Continue to do the same things and you will continue to receive the same results”?
If you want different results – improvements, you will need to modify your behavior and do different things to achieve different results.
Physical Activity for Self Improvement
You can improve your health with physical activity. Anytime you make a change in your physical activity level as in starting a new exercise program; it is a good idea to check with your physician first, particularly if you are over 60 years of age or have chronic illnesses.
Take a deep breath and get moving once you have the ok from your doctor. Whether your self improvement goal is to trim your waistline, or shed some pounds; increasing your activity level even just a little, gets you started and you will continue to improve and to achieve higher levels of activity over time with a little bit of motivation and encouragement.
Physical activity will cause your body to produce endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel happy. You can even have better sleep by being physically active.
Once you see results from your increased physical activity, you won’t be able to help yourself – you will feel good about yourself. Thus physical activity can improve self-esteem which helps those who suffer from depression.
Here are some activities to choose from:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Jumping rope is fun and can be done in your home (outside or inside)
Walk short distances instead of driving.
Stand while talking on the phone instead of sitting.
When you find yourself in a waiting room, don’t just sit there, walk around.
There are lots of opportunities to walk:
- Walk around your building during your lunch break
- if you are in a situation where you are in an office and you need to speak with someone, instead of picking up the phone to call them, walk to their office instead
- If you take the bus to work, get off a block or two before your usual stop and walk the rest of the way
Invite a friend to so an activity together (bowling, tennis, volleyball, jogging exercise)
Change is generally not easy; so let your goal motivate you. Ensure that your goal is very visible throughout your day. Make a goal list, draw your own picture of your goal, or cut out a magazine picture of your goal and put it in the following places:
- Tape it to your bedroom wall next to the door
- Tape it to the corner of your bathroom mirror
- Tape it to a corner of your computer monitor
- Put it in your briefcase
- Tape it to your refrigerator or next to your coffeemaker
Get the idea? Make your goal very visible in order that you will be reminded about why you are making the changes whether those changes are physical ones or behavior ones they will involve making changes in your behavior.
If the change involves a relationship, you will need to modify how you perceive someone or how you behave towards someone. If you need to change in your eating habits, you will need to change your behavior towards food and how and why you eat.
It requires understand why you need to do so and dedication to achieving your goal for improving oneself through physical activity or by behavior modification. Along with your physical appearance, you can also improve your emotional state with physical activity.