‘Can-Do’ People More Likely to Be Healthy, Study Shows
Do you exercise regularly and eat healthy foods? Chances are you’re more likely to exhibit a can-do attitude, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research studied data the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, which included health information on over 7,000 people. According to the team’s analysis, those who believe they can change by their own actions were more likely to eat healthy food, exercise more, and avoid binge drinking.
On the other hand, those who left their destiny up to luck or fate were more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle.
With the amount of passive entertainment and disgusting food options available to the average person, eating healthy and exercising might not seem like the obvious lifestyle choice. When Doritos and Xbox 360 games are so easily accessible, eating yogurt and running don’t even seem like options for many people. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a proactive decision, especially in modern society. Getting in shape and making healthy food choices isn’t something you can hope happens to you. You have to take the initiative and make it happen for you.
Many people expect to lose weight and get in shape without putting the proper amount of effort in. They go to the gym once a month and/or buy As Seen On TV products thinking they can change their habits and transform their body overnight. They leave their physical well-being up to luck. Well, guess that: you can’t wish on a freaking star and wake up with a six-pack. You need to take action.
The results of this study don’t really come as a surprise to me. It only makes sense that successful people (in this case, those successful at eating right and exercising enough) are more likely to be in control of their own destiny. Those who truly want to attain something take the necessary steps to make it happen. Those who want to attain something without working for it sit back and hope they’ll succeed.
Leading a healthy lifestyle or not really boils down to willpower. If you really want to eat healthy and exercise more, you actually need to eat healthy and exercise more! You’ve got to learn how to resist junk food and staying home when you should be at the gym. Those who lack the willpower simply leave their physical well-being up to destiny. They continue to eat junk and barely exercise, thinking they’ll magically become this in-shape, healthy person.
Are you a can-do person or more of a roll-the-dice sort of guy? Well, do you eat healthy food and exercise on a regular basis? Are you more likely to spend an afternoon parked on the sofa eating Buffalo Bills Brownie Blitz or outside playing basketball and eating a turkey wrap?
If you answered the former, you’re likely a dreamer, not a doer. And if that’s the case, it’s time you adopted a can-do attitude.
Lean muscle and a fridge full of veggies and protein-rich foods aren’t just going to appear out of thin air. Stop dreaming, start doing, and take control of your body.
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About John Brhel John Brhel is a freelance writer from upstate New York that enjoys picking apart life's idiosyncrasies and listening to Huey Lewis & the News.