I. Critical Examination of My Lifestyle
Based on my personal observation, the health assessment issues of mine have many things to do with optimal state of physical and mental well-being. However, some categories of the analysis stated bellow showed a particular need for a relative change in my lifestyle at the moment. Even though, it is vital to examine my current health and its stability. It is hard to talk about it, but some urgent changes in my lifestyle are apparently needful. Some of the categories assessed need special attention, as they are correspondent to other categories as well. Thus, it is quite necessary to pay attention to each one in order to make a change in my life and grow healthier.
Physical Activity Soccer is my passion, and I do not know what else makes me fit other than this game. I play soccer two or three times a week trying to attain firmness of my muscles and a good work of my heart. “A sound mind in a sound body,” as they say. Thus, I also do my morning and attend classes at the gym. It requires swimming, athletics, and fitness as well. The more I wish to get trained, the less time I have for it. My classes and some educational along with everyday duties keep me aside from doing as more physical activities as I want.
Nutrition According to this issue, it is obvious that my problem is that I am underweight as of my height. It is a consequence of an unhealthy diet I took and keeping taking at the moment. There is plenty to talk about, as it concerns a balanced diet with an optimal volume of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. I weight 10 kilos less than I should. Hence, I need some pieces of advice in order to put on weight as soon as possible.
Sleep My sleep hours vary according to the amount of things I should do during a day. It considers home assignments, trainings, communication with friends, having fun somewhere at the parties. In sum, I feel like I need to sleep 7-8 hours per day, but, unfortunately, this rate is 4-5 hours or even lower due to different commitments and the way I perceive my life, as a youngster.
Stress My age is not indicated to have some inclinations to stress. However, at any time I can lose my temper and provoke stress inside. It corresponds to some misbalance in time and energy management that I follow.
Mental Health I have a sound mental health, and it helps me succeed both physically and mentally. My tutors and trainers can prove this as well as my peers could.
Safe Sex With every piece of my heart I never neglect safer sex each time the moment comes. Living in the world put into the vortex of sexually transmitted diseases, I keep a strict eye on practicing safe sex up to keeping up to refrains.
Destructive Habits I am not that oblivious to denote the harmful effect of any among destructive (bad) habits. Which is why, I am keen on living apart from these features of a man’s life.
Informed Consumer Running the way people live now, I am trying to be well-informed. It helps me rally thoughts over the most appropriate decisions on how to choose products and services around. On the other side, you never know where the fallacy lies. Hence, I do not ignore frequent consultations on the issues of quality.
II. Rationale for Change
I believe that my current lifestyle and the way I perceive the environment and people around need some changes. In this respect it is vital to start with more physical activities. To be on the safe side, I have to think more of my health early in life. Thus, the physical load is an inseparable part on the way to perfection. Nowadays, I am trying a new system of exercises at the gym to fit the norms of fitness and wellness, as required for youngsters. To say more, soccer is better to use as an additional measure for strengthening cardiovascular and locomotor systems of my organism. Relatives and closest members of my family are really fit and sound. This makes me motivated for never lagging behind in my physical performance.
The next step of this rationale is to prefer some special diet in order to work out the problem of underweight. My grandpa and my sister are the only people in our family who are struggling from overweight. Thereupon, I need to go through a set of appointments with a nutritionist. It would eliminate all doubts as of my wrong actions in the way I eat and what I eat.
Finally, my sleeping hours should get through appropriate improvements, as my health may go apart from its stable condition. In other words, I have been realizing the use of a good sleep since the childhood. However, as is usual with people of my age, I do not value the need of sleeping well until encounter the problems with health. Having few traumas in the past, I sometimes struggle with insomnia and headaches. This is why both doctors and parents insist on my sleeping for 8 hours a day.
III. Literature Review
Making right choice during the whole life is a prerogative of strong and reliable people who are open-minded and aimed at the positive results. In this respect Hales (2006) outlines that making a healthier choice for change provides juxtaposition between risk and prospect to be rewarded afterwards. This idea goes without saying, as there are too many people who refused to get through an alleged risk of being disciplined and fit. Laziness is the main impediment in this case. To work it out some authors recommend to start with something small with further increase of workload.
Changing personal lifestyle leads toward changes around. It is amazing, but as Estar (2006) admits out of her experience, providing healthier change in lifestyle cannot fail to make people around change as well. It is a so-called etalon that you show to the environment. It cannot be dully criticized, as the wrong side of living, but as an example to follow, of course. It is all about the social context of everything belonging to ways of improving health-related behaviors among individuals. Hence, the more people adhere to the positive health behavior change, the more they become sound and strong against every single obstacle in well-being.
The ethics of lifestyle change is in part referred to personal interventions toward what is less popular within the society and what is evaluated as going hand in hand with healthcare delivery (Shumaker, Ockene, & Riekert, 2008). Thus, improvement in health is a matter of one’s choice. Without mere thinking of the problem and estimation of the consequences thereof one cannot turn to the direct actions aimed at perfection in personal well-being.
Furthermore, it is stated that physical activities are good for keeping insulin volumes in the organism unchanged (Kriska, Hanley, Harris, & Zinman, 2001). It is meant that following a healthy lifestyle early in life will compensate better resistance of the organism against diabetes and other age-related diseases.
American Psychological Association deals with the issues of population health. It gives grounds for re-establishing of the innovative treatments of making individuals informed about the easiest ways to improve. In this case it is necessary to follow a set of recommendations:
· Making a plan that will stick
· Starting small
· Changing behavior
· Involving a buddy
· Asking for support (APA, 2010, p. 1)
This set of features would be incomplete if not taking into account strategic planning and a construct for change in the short and in the long run. Moreover, risk in crossing the borderline of healthier choices has been proved to be a helping hand for the most of adolescents and older people living in America and overseas. What is more, the plan for one’s lifestyle is to be specific and relevant to characteristic features of one’s well-being and current obstacles in living a healthier life.
On the other hand, it is really significant that an individual takes a look at the current nutrition and its quality. Even if a person is normal according to height and weight or he/she suffers from obesity, one should remember that “minutes on lips leaves years on hips,” as they say. This is why one is to define the basic goals to be achieved according to the plan that will stick, as was mentioned above.
Healthy lifestyle is a precursor for further environmental impacts in their positive and friendly evaluation (Hickman, 2010). Looking for the most appropriate and innovative features which fasten health improvement is the hope for the rest of the environment. Once an individual reaches out apparent changes in lifestyles with a point on healthier living, it is about time to debate, argue, and “change the minds of those around you” (Hickman, 2010, p. 1). It is not that easy at a glance, as it prescribes one’s readiness to face challenges of beings stronger than laziness and passions.
As far as it might be seen from above, a healthy lifestyle is a process of making decisions every now and then. Hales & Lauzon (2009) point out the following features of a constructive approach toward a weighed decision-making and problem solving inside an individual’s mind. Thus, the author proposes:
§ Setting priorities;
§ Informing oneself;
§ Considering one’s all options;
§ Tuning in to one’s intuitive feelings;
§ Keeping in mind the worst-case scenario (Hales & Lauzon, 2009, p. 16).
This will definitely lead a person to drawing up some important and up-to-date strategies that will produce a change shortly after they are used. This piece of discussion is extremely significant for good planners and people trying to be extra-ordinary in life. Being healthy and apt at providing a change will surely detect a versatility of directions toward success and prosperity.
IV. Developed Strategies to Achieve Lifestyle Change
At this moment I can thoroughly think of the basic and specific strategies to be applied in my life. It promotes a push in my personal self-management of skills and habits to pay special attention to in order to use them for a change. Healthy behaviors are a result of previous long and deep ruminations on how to shift the life for better. There are some modifications which I take as a given in my situation. All of them are aimed at the ideal way to improve, namely:
1. Realizing current state of affairs;
2. Pointing out what impedes toward healthy behaviors;
3. Remarking goals;
4. Thinking of activities to touch upon the schedule;
5. Planning and checking on a daily and weekly base;
6. Drawing attention to successes.
These strategies will do for my faster improvement. Among the list of points I would like to underline setting goals and planning prospects. As far as I am concerned, these two points are milestones for anyone who dares make a change in his/her life. Thereupon, I would like to state my short-term goals. These are to improve physical state of my body by the intensive training program in fitness and using the latest approaches in wellness industry. To say more, I will increase the period of playing soccer up to three hours within two trainings a week. A special diet that contains more hydrocarbons along with fewer amounts of proteins is another step for growing fit and healthier.
The long-term goals are to keep up to healthier behaviors through personal impacts on relatives and closest people around. This is a human goal which is full altruistic coloring. However, I cannot but taking it at my disposal. Moreover, I now motivated to read more sources on healthy way of life and right physical training weighing all pros and cons out of what the experts say. In this I see my enlightenment about the lifestyle where health is paramount.
APA. (2010). Making lifestyle changes that last. Retrieved August 14, 2010, from American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/lifestyle-changes.aspx
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Hales, D. R., & Lauzon, L. (2009). An Invitation to Health (2 ed.). Stanford, CT: Cengage Learning.
Hickman, L. (2010, May 14). What’s the one lifestyle change I could make that would have the most positive environmental impact? Retrieved August 14, 2010, from Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/10/lifestyle-change-environmental-impact
Kriska, A. M., Hanley, A. J., Harris, S. B., ; Zinman, B. (2001). Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, and Insulin and Glucose Concentrations in an Isolated Native Canadian Population Experiencing Rapid Lifestyle Change. American Diabetes Association , 1-24.
Shumaker, S. A., Ockene, J. K., ; Riekert, K. A. (2008). The handbook of health behavior change. Berlin: Springer Publishing Company.