You can continue to go through life feeling tired, sick and disgusted with your body or you can change your lifestyle and by doing that, change your life. The definition of crazy is to continue doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different outcomes. Isn’t it time that you took a look at how you’re living and what you’re doing or not doing for yourself, especially if it brings more satisfaction to your life? It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Changing habits you’ve had for years can be tough.
It all starts with healthy eating.
Even if you were raised eating healthy foods, it doesn’t mean you’ve continued the habit throughout life. There’s too many quick options available today that can lure you away from eating whole foods. You may have developed habits that you once only did on special occasions, like grabbing a quickie burger for a meal when you were rushed and had no other option. Now, you’ve replaced all the healthy meals with quick to fix processed foods. Start going back to foods that come from the garden or meat and animal products that comes from free range, organic or grass fed animals.
Learning how to eat healthy doesn’t happen overnight.
Focusing on the nutrients in food and ways to make your favorite foods more nutritious and less fattening are keys to eating healthy. Some of the changes will be easy, like substituting fresh fruit for a candy bar as a mid afternoon snack. Some will take some learning, such as cooking healthier and making changes like broiling, steaming, grilling or baking food rather than frying them. Making substitutions when baking, such as using applesauce to replace part of the oil or sugar in baked goods is another change. It takes work.
Speaking of changes, how about starting a program of regular exercise.
If you’ve never had a program of regular exercise, you probably don’t know where to start. That’s where personal trainers and boot camps can help. The most important part of this program is consistency. It’s making yourself get into the habit of regular exercise, so you’ll miss it when you don’t do it. Too often we allow our schedules to dictate our workout, where in reality, scheduling in a workout should be top priority.
- Those two changes will reap huge benefits. You’ll start to have more energy, shed unwanted pounds, build more muscle tissue and feel great. It even helps build bone density and boost your immune system.
- When you successfully make changes like this, you boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. That can create positive changes in all areas of your life.
- If you’re overweight, have high blood pressure or pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, you’ll find you can control these conditions, often without the use of medication.
- Always talk to your health care provider before starting a program of exercise. If you have a physical condition or limitation, share it with your personal trainer before you begin.