Are you the Tortoise or the Hare?

shutterstock_146748335(1)I’ve been sharing my 5 Be’s to Healthy Living – and so far we have covered three of the five. If you’ve missed them, don’t worry. You can get all caught up by going to the following links.

Be Aware – The 5 Be’s to Healthy Living
Be Curious – Did Curiosity Really Kill the Cat?
Be Relentless – Does it pay to Be Relentless? A lesson from the Sensei

Let’s talk about the fourth BE – Be Consistent.

I am sure you remember the childhood fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. After the Hare realizes he has been beaten by the Tortoise, he reminds himself, “Don’t brag about your lightening pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!” The Tortoise was consistent.

This same principle holds true for achieving and maintaining optimal health. The tricky part about being consistent is its cumulative effect. And therein lies the rub because the cumulative effect either works for you or against you depending on what you are consistently doing.

How does it work against you? A perfect example is the continued rise in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. What these diseases indicate is a society making bad food and lifestyle choices. You decide everyday what you are going to eat. When you consistently choose fast food, junk food or processed readymade meals over more healthy options such as a nutritious salad or a plate with lean protein and lots of vegetables, that cumulative effect is going to work against you – weight gain, weakened immune system, low energy and a vast array of other health conditions. On the other hand, when you consistently strive to eat healthy, the cumulative effect will work for you. You can even reverse some of the more serious health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, because eating cleaner allows your body to heal from the inside out.

Exercise is another example. We all know the beautiful cumulative effect of exercise. The more you do it the stronger you are going to be both mentally and physically. The best part is that you don’t have to do an intense two hour workout every day. You will gain tremendous benefits with moderate exercise. A brisk 30 minute walk does wonders. Consider this. It takes the average person approximately 2000 steps to walk a mile. If you walk a mile every day that is 730,000 steps in a year. Who is going to feel better in a year – someone who walks a mile everyday or someone who sits on the couch?

Whether your goal is to get healthy, get that promotion at work, improve your relationships, or develop a spiritual practice, consistency is your silver bullet.

Be Consistent…..it’s how the Tortoise won the race.

What about you? Are you the Tortoise or the Hare?