As humans, it's our nature to want a quick fix. We want quick meals, speedy weight loss, short but effective workouts, quick remedies for falling asleep (and for waking up), and the fastest technology available. We want food to grow faster, cook more quickly—I think you get the idea, and I'm sure you can think of so many more! Unfortunately, however, getting healthy and staying healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.
So, let me ask you: Has a fast-paced quick-fix lifestyle really given you more time or real energy? Fast-acting medicines provide us with almost immediate relief, but if we watch a commercial or read a "warning label," we might think twice before taking them. We want our food to be convenient and inexpensive. But do our bodies feel good after we eat foods that fit that bill? If we need to lose weight to get healthy, we want it to happen as fast as possible. But a year later, are we really in a better place?
The truth is that living a healthy life long-term isn't quick, fast, cheap, or easy—because quick fixes don’t provide lasting results. So next time you reach for the fastest remedy for your headache, ask yourself if there's another way. And the next time you think about dieting, consider making some life changes that will last longer than 30 days. Here are five great ways to make the change from quick to forever: