Every choice adds up in life. Whether you’re working on a goal to be a better trombone player, desiring to be more fit or want to be a better student, the choices you make reflect the end results. If you skip studying for a test one night, but get back on track the next, you’ll miss an opportunity to learn the material better, but can still do well overall. However, if skipping studying becomes chronic, your goal to be a good student will probably fail. The same is true of fitness. Skipping one workout or eating one jelly donut won’t necessarily affect your program, but doing it frequently will destroy it.
Taking the stairs or the elevator.
While it’s easy to see how eating junk food instead of healthy fare or skipping workouts to watch TV can negatively affect your results, there are other decisions you make throughout the day that also can have an effect. If you work on the third floor of a building, but always take the elevator, just switching to the stairs can improve your health and burn extra calories that add up after a week’s work. Parking at the first parking spot and walking a little further to the store also plays a role…and saves you gas at the same time. Consider all the small decisions regarding extra exercise.
Be prepared with a healthy snack.
If you’re an adult, which I presume you are if you’re reading this, you probably already know your own habits and moods. If you chronically get hungry at two in the afternoon, then stop at a gas station on the way home to pig out on the junk food they sell, do something about it. Be prepared with a healthy mid-afternoon snack of fruit. Bring two so you have one to eat on the way home.
Choose your food wisely.
Learn how to make substitutions. While you might love sour cream on your baked potato, Greek yogurt tastes just as good and is lower in calories and higher in nutrition. Eat wild rice or brown rice instead of white rice to boost your nutritional intake, while you reduce calories. Learn how to make simple changes, such as eating a lettuce roll rather than a sandwich with bread or bypassing the fries and ordering a salad. Every choice counts toward a healthier body.
- If you feel like skipping a workout, be a procrastinator. Tell yourself you’ll skip it tomorrow.
- Going out to eat? Don’t order that soft drink or sweetened ice tea. Have water or unsweetened tea with a little lemon instead.
- Decide to “give it your all” for a few exercises to see what a difference it makes. Most people only work at half throttle. You’ll get more out of giving it your all than you will out of working out longer.
- Take the time to plan and prepare a weekly menu and snacks. If your meals and snacks are ready to cook or warm, you’ll be less apt to grab an unhealthy snack to curb your appetite.