I always get flak for bringing kids into the equation, but it’s a simple fact: if you have bad health habits BEFORE you have kids, they’re only going to get worse AFTER you have kids. If for some reason you struggle to find enough time and energy to work out and eat well NOW, it would be extremely foolish to presume you’re going to have the time and energy to work out and eat well AFTER you have kids. If you have kids, they’re going to take up a massive amount of time, energy, and money to raise. Money also takes time and energy to make, so the indirect and direct time required to raise a family is astronomical. If health and wellness are a priority, and you already have a hectic lifestyle combined with bad health habits, having kids MOST LIKELY will hinder your health priorities even further or indeed completely derail them.
Getting in a serious relationship or marrying someone who is not health-conscious is very likely to create huge obstacles for you and your fitness goals (fat pet owners have fat pets. Health-conscious pet owners have fit pets). If you regularly want to be physically active but your partner doesn’t, you’re going to have to compromise, because you want to be a caring partner. This kind of compromise reduces the time dedicated to your health and wellness and COULD lead you down an unhealthy path.
Materialism often times hinders your ability to maintain your physical and mental health. If you have more things (nice car, house, etc.), then naturally you have more bills and more things to maintain and care for. The more bills you have, the more you have to work to continue to pay those bills. The more you work, the less time you have to maintain your physical and mental health.
Long Work Hours:
This goes almost hand and hand with the above statement, but basically, the more hours you have to work, the less likely you are to work out and eat well. It’s not that you’re lazy or mentally weak, it’s simple time economics. If you’re putting in 10-12 hours a day, there is little time left to do anything else in that day.
So if you have kids, are married or dating a person that’s not health-conscious, have a lot of bills, and work very long hours, you’re more likely to find yourself on the road to becoming overweight and unfit.