According to the CDC, approximately 68 percent of Americans are obese or overweight. Obesity is a contributing factor to type two diabetes, high blood pressure and heart conditions.  Many people know that serious illnesses and conditions are a good reason to stay healthy; however, there are other good reasons why you should maintain good health; here are three great reasons to stay healthy.

For yourself

Beyond your physical health, you should keep your weight under control for your own personal fulfillment. Obesity is a major cause for low self-esteem, and low self-esteem can prevent a person from developing other healthy social behaviors. Also, people who do something beneficial for themselves have a greater outlook on their life, relationships and their well-being. This positive energy can bring other positive things into a person’s life.

As you begin to feel better about yourself, you will naturally be in a good mood and feel like you can take on other tasks. People will admire your new-found sense of purpose.

For an example

Strive to become a good example for other people to follow. People often give up trying to lose weight because they don’t have anyone they can look up to. There is a very good chance that someone in your network looks up to you. Show anyone who looks up to you what it means to be motivated, dedicated and goal orientated.

Your good example and positive energy will help others to be motivated. If you actively show people the many benefits that are associated with good health, they will have more reasons to stay healthy themselves.

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For your loved ones

Your loved ones don’t want to see you with bad health. Sadly, obesity causes many good people to have horrible health. Heart conditions and diabetes are often associated with obesity and a lack of proper dieting.

You may have kids, parents, siblings and friends that all hope you get serious about your health. If you don’t want to stay healthy for yourself, stay healthy for your loved ones. You have to realize how selfish it is to let yourself deteriorate in front of your loved ones and all they want to do is help you.

If you have severe health problems, and your company does not offer health insurance, do yourself a favor and get personal health insurance. You owe it to yourself and others to live a healthy lifestyle, and personal health insurance will help you to consult with doctors about your health.

Since many health problems can be corrected with proper exercise and dieting, start your new healthy lifestyle with those two things. Develop a workout routine and eliminate any unhealthy foods from your normal diet.

These three points should be all the reasons you need to stay healthy. If you still lack any motivation to change your health, ask your friends and family what they think. You may be surprised with what they tell you.