We’re all different, each one of us with his/her own and distinct personality, idiosyncrasies, will power and fears. Some of us are strongly self motivated in our lives, other less. That’s the beauty of being unique individuals, not similar to anyone else besides ourselves.
However, when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle a recent study has assessed that those that are highly self motivation are more likely to succeed.
In other words, a “can do” attitude is key if you want to successfully lead a healthy lifestyle. Which means that if you lack it then you might need to find ways to get motivated!
Researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research analysed data on the diet, exercise and personality type of more than 7,000 people.
The study found those who believe their life can be changed by their own actions ate healthier food, exercised more, smoked less and avoided binge drinking.
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, said those who have a greater faith in ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ are more likely to live an unhealthy life.
“Our research shows a direct link between the type of personality a person has and a healthy lifestyle,“ she said.
Professor Cobb-Clark hoped the study would help inform public health policies on conditions such as obesity.
“The main policy response to the obesity epidemic has been the provision of better information, but information alone is insufficient to change people’s eating habits,” she said.
“Understanding the psychological underpinning of a person’s eating patterns and exercise habits is central to understanding obesity.”
The study also found men and women hold different views on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Men wanted physical results from their healthy choices, while women were more receptive to the everyday enjoyment of leading a healthy lifestyle.
If you lack motivation you should seek a way to find it: friends, family, web, TV, coach, etc. no matter what it is, you should get motivated to make a change in your life: “You can do it!”
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The above story is reprinted from materials provided by The University of Melbourne, via Eurekalert