Is a Lazy Attitude Hurting Your Health?
By Genevieve Cunningham
We all have lazy days from time to time. We have those days in which we lay around the house, binge watch TV, eat a little too much, and move only when necessary. When we do this on occasion, it might actually be good for us. It gives us a chance to relax and unwind. But when a lazy attitude takes hold of us and sticks around, it can be incredibly damaging to our health. Of course, it can be hard to tell if we're really being too lazy -- or rather just being too hard on ourselves. If you're unsure whether you need to step up your motivation, take a look at these signs your lazy attitude is harming your health, plus some tips for making change that lasts.
Your Routines are Suffering
When we get lazy, our normal routines definitely suffer. Instead of getting up on time and partaking in a morning routine, we sleep in an extra few minutes. Instead of giving it our all through our workout routine, we go through the motions and cut our effort in half. While this might not seem like much of a problem, these little moments add up. A morning routine that's off leads to stress. A half-effort workout leads to weight gain. If your routines are suffering, focus on shaping up each task in your routine, and the lazy attitude may slowly fade.
You're Not Exercising Enough
One of the first things to go as the result of laziness is your workout. We don't feel like doing it -- and so we just skip today. Pretty soon, today turns into an entire week of missed workouts. And before you know it, you haven't been to the gym in a month. If your workouts have slipped, focus on getting them back one at a time. Commit to one workout this week, two for the two weeks after that, and then continue the pattern until you're back on top of your fitness game.
You Lack the Desire to Meet Goals
It's important to have goals. It's important to continually work toward new, constantly evolving goals. But when we're feeling a little lazy, we tend to let our motivation to meet new goals slide by the wayside. We get comfortable with the status quo. While it's OK to let your goals change over time, it's not OK to give up on them. If you seem to be losing your motivation, adjust your goals until you find one that strikes a chord. Slowly work toward that goal, and you may be able to pull yourself out of the lazy mindset and back toward progress.
It's normal to go through lazy spells. We all have those moments when we don't want to do or accomplish anything at all. But too much laziness can get in the way of our health and well-being. If you notice any of these issues popping up in your life, focus on fighting the lazy feeling, reclaiming your motivation, and you'll get your life back on track in no time at all.
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