Common Challenges to Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

problemsA lot of people like to stay fit and healthy. But most of the time, it’s very hard to put into reality something that you imagined. I mean, let’s face it. Wanting to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t as easy as how most health bloggers suggest. It’s not as simple as cleaning out your kitchen for unhealthy food and waking up the next day to find it enjoyable to eat green leafy vegetables in replacement to your usual oily eggs and bacon for breakfast.

Here are some of the things I find really difficult when attempting to get into a healthy lifestyle.

It’s expensive.

A change in lifestyle isn’t cheap. Opting for healthier meals in replacement to the cheap, instant and unhealthy food we’ve come to get used to is hard. You’ve been buying a cup of noodles or a box of Mac and Cheese for the a fourth of the price of a decent meal cooked with vegetables and meat. Switching from full fat milk to zero fat milk doesn’t seem to affect anything, but in reality, zero fat milk is more expensive. Milk is just one thing, consider other foods that should be replaced with zero fat.

It takes time.

Healthy food takes time to get used to. Imagine removing sugar in your diet, or minimizing your sugar intake. I mean, sure. The benefits of taking less sugar are so profound, I’m not even sure why we started taking too much of it in the first place. But, it’s an acquired taste. Drinking tea without sugar can take some time to get used to if you’ve been drinking it with a lot of sugar before. Replacing it with healthier options makes it a challenge to get healthy. Why? Because sugar is more easily available than most healthy options.

We are embarrassed.

I’m not sure if this applies to everyone. But, when I go to the gym, I see people who know what they’re doing. Being a newbie in the gym can be so embarrassing. You have no idea what equipment to use. You have no idea what to do first. Of course, that is the use of a trainer. Getting one adds to your expenses. A good suggestion of a friend however is to set up your own home gym. Getting equipment, though expensive, can be a good investment. I’ve read a few pages of review sites to get an idea of what I should spend on and I’m considering the treadmill or the elliptical.

The treadmill seems to be more practical considering I don’t need special instructions to run. But in any case, here’s the link to a very resourceful site., read on and find what works for you.

As for the ellipticals, I’m not so thrilled about it but if you’re interested, here’s the page and more to come soon! As soon as I figure out how to start getting healthy.