I hear it all the time and it baffles me every time:

  • “I don’t want to exercise and eat healthy.”
  • “Everyone dies of something, I’d rather eat what I want and die happy.”
  • “I’ve tried eating healthy, it doesn’t do any good.”

So many people think only of the here and now.  They don’t want to plan for the long term.  They want immediate gratification.  If they don’t see immediate results, they give up.  Many people want to eat what they want and don’t want to “waste” time exercising.  Short term thinkers don’t think about the long term effects of not eating healthy and not exercising.

Those that choose not to exercise and eat healthy don’t consider that by not eating healthy or exercising their health will deteriorate and could cause them pain.  Some common health issues that could be prevented by exercising and eating healthy include;

  • Heart disease
  • Joint problems
  • Back problems
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis

All of these health issues can cause pain or limit a person’s quality of life.  A stroke or Alzheimer’s can limit your mental capacity.  Heart disease, joint problems, back problems, diabetes, cancer and arthritis can severely limit your physical abilities potentially making you dependent on your family or unable to take care of yourself.

So many people would rather be prescribed a pill for high blood pressure or high cholesterol instead of eating right or exercising.  If people could see into the future and realize what health issues they may have to deal with, they would be more likely to try to prevent them.  Healthcare costs have skyrocketed and will continue to increase because people don’t want to take responsibility for their own health.  What can each of us do to help change this mindset?