I know what you’re thinking. It’s not that easy and you’ve tried many things that have not worked. You’re right, it’s not that easy. It does takes work. Just like any overwhelming task, if you break it down it doesn’t feel as scary and hard to accomplish.
FIVE WAYS TO BECOME FIT AND HEALTHY:
Understand becoming fit and healthy is a lifelong journey
Even doctors, nurses, dieticians, and fitness experts struggle with becoming fit and healthy and maintaining it. That’s because life is constantly evolving. Our routines that used to work for us may not work anymore due to: pregnancy, new job, marriage, divorce, kids, moving, injury, illness, loss, etc etc. This is why the number one step to becoming healthy and maintaining it is to understand there is no start or end because there is an ebb and flow that we have to be able to go with. If something doesn’t work, try something else until you find something that does. If you’re super successful one week and slacking on the next, cut yourself some slack. Get yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again!
Figure out what you need to improve
Some people need help with nutrition, exercise, stress management, time management, or all of the above! Is it lack of motivation or lack of time that is holding you back? Are you having trouble with going out to eat instead of eating at home? How much do you exercise? The first step to fixing something is understanding what, how, and why it is broken.
Find what you works for you
Some people like hiking, biking, power walking, running, weight training, playing basketball, volleyball, baseball, hockey, walking the dogs, going to the gym, taking fitness classes, yoga, pilates, kayaking, wakeboarding, surfing…you name it! The choices are endless. This is why you need to figure out what you enjoy doing. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to health and fitness. Find a workout that is fun for you that doesn’t feel like a chore and stick with it.
Set Realistic Goals
It can be overwhelming to think about everything you want to accomplish. Start by setting short term goals. It’s important to set realistic goals that are S.M.A.R.T.
- Time Based
In example: I will walk one mile, three times by the end of the week (Sunday October 3rd)
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in the far spot in the parking lot, walk the dogs, offer to do things for people (making dinner, running errands, getting something from the other room, etc.), alternate sitting and standing if you have a desk job, get a pedometer (step tracker like a Fitbit or something like it). These are simple things you can do to get in the groove of being active, not to mention burn extra calories and improve your cardiovascular health!
So, there you have it! There are many ways to get started, maintain, and improve your health! Stay tuned for part TWO of this series titled, “How To Become Fit and Healthy-Part TWO: Keep the Momentum Going” coming soon!
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Until Next Time, Stay Healthy My Freaks!
Your Mind and Body
Will Thank You For It