One of the problems of modern-day living is that most people are stuck in a rut, be it in their jobs or their living patterns. Normally, this shouldn’t be an issue, but the fact is, your health and mental well-being could be compromised by a static or “autopilot” lifestyle.
The following are problems that can happen to you, health-wise, if you are settled-in too much with your lifestyle.
1) Fitness levels go down – part of your health requires that your body be subjected to changing exercise and activity patterns, so that your body can’t create a “metabolic program” for itself. Simply put, it means that if you end up having a steady pattern even in our exercises, your body will soon adapt to it, and you will see the effectivity of our exercise taper off. This can lead to possible weight gain even when you are exercising, injuries due to repetitive actions, and even more serious health conditions.
2) Propensity to stop exercising – when your life goes into autopilot, there is a great possibility that you will begin to have a sedentary approach to your life, where you get bored of staying in shape. This can lead to stopping your exercise regimen, and even disregarding your diet. This will wreak havoc with your body if it was healthy to begin with, and it can lead to serious health issues like diabetes and hypertension if you weren’t.
3) Stress – As hard as it may be to believe, a static lifestyle can also carry with it great stress. However, instead of a stress caused by pressure, the mental stress of a static lifestyle is based more on listlessness, and a feeling that “nothing is happening.” The person can end up losing his or her drive to do activities (including jobs), and it can even make a person have sub-par performance in the office or workplace.
4) Depression – people who are stuck in a rut often fall prey to depression, which can only get worse the longer the patterned lifestyle has been in effect.
What can be done?
The fact is, the reason why many people have static lifestyles is financial constraints. The best solution in such cases would be to go for small, cost-effective “new activities,” such as indulging in a new hobby, or assigning a day or night during the week that will be devoted to an activity that can break the monotony, or can provide social interaction with friends.
When it comes to exercise, it’s important that one change the routine every now and then, so that the person won’t be bored with a repeating set of exercise cycles. It may even be important to factor in some rest weeks, so that the person can indulge in other activities that can break the pattern, so to speak.
Therefore, if you’re stuck in a rut, the best way to approach the situation is to find cost-effective solutions, and to keep yourself active by always changing your work, personal, and exercise patterns.