I have a sad story to tell you today. It has me feeling discouraged and depressed. But it’s worth sharing if it helps even one person.
As you know, I always have the highest hopes for my patients and the people I reach through my newsletters and books. And I know that if you’ve signed up for my newsletters, it’s because you are actively involved in your health.
But I travel around the country and see how people approach (or avoid) their health. So I’m not naïve. I know not everyone is as motivated as you are.
And I also know that even the most motivated among us have our weaknesses. It’s hard to consistently make the right choices, day in and day out. And sometimes even the best of us feel like things are out of our control.
If you relate even just a little bit to those feelings, I hope the study I’m about to tell you about will renew your motivation. To your health — and your knowledge that you can change it with the choices you make each day.
According to this study, even though people acknowledge that they make choices that are bad for their hearts, they don’t think they need to change their health habits.
The researchers used a questionnaire to ask people about their modifiable cardiovascular risk factors. Like not exercising enough, being obese, smoking, eating foods that are bad for their hearts.
But one in five of the people who had the most modifiable risk factors — in other words, risk factors that are entirely within their control — said they didn’t need to improve their habits.
It’s baffling. I mean, how much more information do these people need? Do they think these risk factors will correct themselves? Do they think they’ll just magically get the benefits of exercise without exercising? Or that one day they’ll wake up as nonsmokers…without making the choice to quit smoking?
Or are they just feeling defeated? Does it seem too hard to accept their personal responsibility when it comes to health?
Clearly these people don’t feel like they have the support or information necessary to make the right decisions. Maybe it’s time for more or better government initiatives. (Soda tax, anyone?)
We had a good run for a while with decreases in cardiovascular risk factors. But now there are several risk factors that are on the rise. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension, just to name a few. And those are threatening to reverse the gains we’ve made.
When those surveyed were asked what would get in the way of making changes, they cited lack of willpower, busy work schedule, and family responsibilities.
In other words, they anticipate challenges and give up. What I’m asking you to do — what I ask you to do every day — is to anticipate challenges and do it anyway.
Will it be hard? Sometimes. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.
That said, you don’t have to go into it blindly! There are lots of resources available to help guide and support you. And when it comes to keeping your heart healthy naturally, my report The World’s Easiest Heart Disease Cure gives you all the step-by-step information you need to make the best choices for your heart…and your overall health. You can learn more about it or order a copy today by clicking here.