Small Steps On A Big Journey

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Jane Kilkenny reports on how to step up on Global Wellness Day 2021

The words of Neil Armstrong “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” have echoed around the world for decades.  Taking that very first step on your journey to good health holds equal significance for your future health and happiness.  Our global community needs to pay more attention to health, the health of humans, animals and our planet to help create a future where we can all thrive.

Global Wellness Day, created in 2012, is a significant reminder of the importance of living a life focused on good health.  Whether you are taking your first step or well down the road on your journey, commitment and perseverance are the keys to success.  Your personal journey is not time specific, it is the act of continuing to travel down the path, acknowledging setbacks, but remaining focused on the big picture.

The power to make positive choices is within all of us. It is estimated that adults make approximately 35,000 decisions per day.  Imagine if we shift the focus to more healthy outcomes on just some of these, the results could be amazing.

Research shows us that the fatigue is one of the biggest influencers in making poor choices. When we are tired we are less inclined to exercise and more inclined to reach for snacks and higher calorie foods.  So maybe this GWD you can choose to focus on getting more quality sleep.  Choose to turn of the screen and go to bed 30 minutes earlier, a simple process that can lead to long term benefits.

We often feel that tackling our big health issues is such a huge task, and that’s why we constantly look for “quick fixes” and “miracle diets” that will solve the problem.  But here’s the thing, none of these work for long term health.  Now I know that’s not what you want to hear, but it is the stark reality.  We have billion dollar industries trying to keep us on these roller coasters, promising the solution, praying on our vulnerabilities and anxieties. 

The real solution to this problem lies within us.  It is the decision to take that first positive step.  And each and every day when you move in the right direction you will reach your destination.  Acknowledge that there will be days when you slip back a little, that’s only human, but think of it as a sideways step or a pause, and continue moving forward the next day.

Shifting our mindset to more positive choices for our health is all about taking small steps.  Imagine if you start with a single step each day, getting up and moving your body for some exercise, and the next day you can go a little further.  You will start to feel the physical and mental benefits of this and feeling better helps you keep going.

If you are struggling with improving your health I encourage you to get up on Global Wellness Day and take that very first step, I know you can do it!  Open up your mind to the endless possibilities of improving your health and leading your best life. Be well.    

You can find out more about Jane Kilkenny here: https://www.fitnessenergy.com.au/

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