Most of us understand the fundamentals of well-being: sleep eight hours a night, eat nutritious meals, hydrate with water instead of caffeine or sugary drinks, and exercise regularly. It sounds so easy, yet despite our best intentions, many of us struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. How many times have you given up on a wellness goal because it was not only boring, but it felt like punishment?
While deciding to never eat pasta again might be a wonderful health goal, we should think about what that does to our psyche. For most of us, wellness can't be an all-or-nothing proposition, and trying to turn it into one makes us feel restricted and sets us up for failure. Sure, some folks might be able to say no to chocolate for the rest of their lives, but most of us aren't willing to make that sacrifice.
So instead of aiming for short-term, stringent health and fitness goals, let's integrate wellness choices and habits that will last. Here's where the 80/20 rule—80 percent healthy living and 20 percent indulgence can help. If 80 percent of the time you practice a healthy routine, and 20 percent of the time you allow yourself a few indulgences, the net result is a healthier, happier you!