We are not as doomed to the toils of deterioration and damage as our elders might have us believe. Everything that happens to our physical wellbeing is a reflection on the type of person we are and health is a major place where this is represented.
There are 3 major ways that our physical wellbeing is impacted by who we are.
This is obvious. What we choose to put in our body, how much of it, how much we exercise, the quality of rest we get and many more factors are behaviours that impact and influence our health for the better or the worse.
However, our behaviours are more than just us doing stuff. They are the calling cards of our deepest needs, our longings, our voids and our addictions. They also reflect our values and belief. Which is why you can learn a lot about yourself or other people by how you or they take care of themselves in one’s health.
That’s right, your personality has an impact on your health and wellbeing. “How?”, you might ask. Well, again, like behaviour, your personality is a reflection of your values.
Also, your personality controls a lot of how you interact with the world around you. It’s one thing to eat healthy or exercise, but how we approach diet and exercise is drawn upon who we are, what our preferences are, unique quirks we have with specific things and how we associate with certain aspects of health and fitness practices.
This is something worth keeping in mind when adopting healthy eating or exercise. I, myself have taken to eating salads with chopsticks and have designed all of my martial art sessions based on preferences and associations that are a large part of who I am.
Always look for ways to integrate diet or exercise that reflect parts of yourself in order to encourage the long term commitment to the shift.
Your attitude reflects the level and/or type of commitment you put into anything. It’s also a pretty good reflection of your belief system around something.
The relationship between attitude and belief is well represented amongst people in their later stage of life. There are many elderly individuals that use their age as an excuse for not getting in shape or adopting healthier lifestyle choices. On the other hand, there are many individuals in their 60s’, 70s’ and 80s’ + that are aware that their health and wellbeing is the direct result of the conditions they expose their body to, regardless of age. That’s just one example of how attitude affects our health and wellbeing.
Attitude is not only reflective of what you believe but it also reflects what values you are most driven and inspired by. If you care highly about something, your more likely to take on a positive attitude about that thing in order to promote and encourage the outcome you desire. If you care little about something, this will show itself in a negative attitude that is only adopted out of the urge to find reasons or excuses to get out of that activity that you are repelled by.
Based on this distinction, attitude determines the choices you make and how long your are will to stick to them.
No matter who you are, what your personality, what you believe or what your values are, you can leverage these aspects of self to your advantage in health and fitness. All you have to do is align these aspects of self to your genuine reasons for wanting health, fitness and wellbeing.