Have you ever heard the saying that what’s on the inside is more important than the outside? That’s a quote that more of us should take to heart instead of obsessing over the outside. A perfect example is a refrigerator. Think about it. When you look at a refrigerator you are more concerned that the items inside are taken care of. Sure it would be nice to have a pretty refrigerator but in the big scheme of things, it’s more important that our food is kept cold or frozen.
You see when you take care of the inside, the outside will be taken care of at the same time. How many times have you seen a beautifully wrapped package only to open it and be disappointed with what’s on the inside? Do I have your attention now? When you focus on a healthy mindset, your self-confidence and esteem increases. Yet when you focus on your perceived flaws, your self esteem plummets.
Let’s break it down into 3 parts that will explain why you should focus on what’s inside versus the wrapper.
- Nutrition. Think of food as fuel for your body just as gasoline is fuel for your car. When you put crappy fuel in your gas tank, your car will run like crap too. The same holds true for your body. Eating junk has your body feeling sluggish. I experienced this over the past weekend after eating things I don’t normally eat while in Savannah. We went to a few fantastic restaurants and the food was amazing but I don’t eat fried foods so my body felt sluggish Sunday. That’s okay though because life is about balance and I got right back on track yesterday and I am feeling pretty great today. Eating clean keeps your body performing like a well tuned Ferrari. Keep a food journal for a few days so you can pinpoint where you need to clean up what you are putting in your body. If you find that you are eating a lot of processed foods, sugar, and other items, getting these items out of your diet will have you quickly on the path to good health.
- Exercise. Just like that commercial on TV tells us – “A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” Again, so true! Folks that work at a desk job are often more exhausted at the end of the day compared to folks that are active all day. Our bodies crave exercise and activity and when we include exercise into our busy days we feel much better. Exercise strengthens our hearts which in turns pumps oxygen throughout our body in our blood. When we are not active, we are not providing our hearts with the exercise it needs. Direct results are weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and so much more. Today, put exercise on your to do list just like all the errands and other tasks you need to get done today.
- Positive thoughts. Thinking positively is just as important as nutrition and exercise. When you continually tell yourself that you’re not worth eating healthy food or you don’t have the time to exercise because everyone else is more important, you are thinking defeatist thoughts. You see, our bodies listen to what our brains tell us and soon you will truly believe that you are not worth the time to exercise. Yet once you do tick exercise off your daily to do list, you will find that you feel more positive about every thing in your life. You ARE worth the 30 minutes it takes to get a good workout in. You ARE worth the few pennies it will take to buy healthier foods than those in a can or package loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce. You ARE an amazing person inside and out.
Most importantly, remember you are more than the wrapper. Focusing on what’s inside will directly effect how you perceive your outside. You got this!
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com