Usually topping most New Year’s resolutions lists, getting fit is not a bad goal to have. There are endless studies from medical professionals, gym instructors and fitness websites that will attest to the benefits of watching your weight and getting regular exercise. But that is often easier said than done. Staying healthy has to be treated like a job with regularly scheduled workouts and a balanced diet, high in protein.
If you think back to a time when you forgot to take care of something or procrastinated in completing a task, most likely it was something that wasn’t a regular occurrence (a random appointment) or there was no urgency in getting it done. That’s why many only make it a month or so into their ‘getting fit’ goal before falling back into the same routine; telling themselves ‘I’ll go tomorrow when I have more time and energy.’
Whether it’s getting up at 6am to go for a walk or head to the gym for a quick workout, putting yourself on a set schedule will train you to form the ‘good habit’ of getting your body moving. And while it takes a month to form a new habit, in only two weeks, it can be easily broken. That’s why it’s important to stick to your guns for at least 30 days. You’ll have a better chance at success.
Another downfall is not changing your diet to cut back on foods that don’t have a lot of nutritional value. That is not to say that you have to go cold turkey on having your occasional Cheetos, just try to slowly cut back on them and replace them with healthier alternatives. Again, just like you are forming a new habits with your exercise routine and scheduling, you are also molding new eating habits. Replace the barbeque potato chips with a flavorful protein stick (think healthy Slim-Jim) and the ice cream with strawberries and yogurt.
If you can hang with your new activity and push through the next month, you can stay on the road to healthy living. You’ll be surprised at how much more energy you will have for those workouts when your body starts getting the protein and nutrients that it craves. The benefits to your body and your life will greatly outweigh quick satisfaction of eating that extra slice of pie.
Make your health important in 2015. Take advantage of the new year today and accept a 30 challenge to change your life for the better!
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