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6 Tips on becoming Healthy and Fit
Spring is here and as the warm weather quickly approaches, we are thrown into reality that we might have to lose a few pounds to fit into our summer attire. Maybe, you're one of the million of people that made the resolution that you wanted to get healthier and you are fighting an uphill battle and don't know where to start; or you already started and you aren't seeing the results and you're about to throw in the towel.
The big question is, how do we turn that determination and want into action and results you can sustain. There are hundreds of ways out there that will teach you how to be more effective with your workouts and eating; but I'm going to give you my top tips that I think will be the most effective for you. Although, I would love to come over to your house and help you get moving, at some point you have to do it yourself. Only you, can make the change, no one else can do it for you.
GET A GOAL:
Set a realistic goal. Get a picture of what you want to be and when you want to be that way. Make sure to write this down and be specific! Write down your goal in a journal or you make a chart, you can do this old school on paper or cardboard; I personally, like to make mine on the computer and chart it out with graphs so I can see my progress.
Make an appointment with yourself:
The hardest part of working out is doing it. Everyone, even the biggest athletes, have times in their life when they don't want to get up and go to the gym. DO IT ANYWAY! You will love how you feel afterwards and you will be happy and proud of yourself for it. The trick is, make an appointment with yourself. Put your workout in your calendar, and keep the appointment. Just like you wouldn't cancel your hair or nail appointment, don't cancel this. Remember, this is one of the main factors in attaining your goal.
ENJOY YOUR ACTIVITY:
Find an activity you like doing, experiment. You are not required to go to the gym for your workout and workouts are not created equally. Explore what's out there. There are a variety of classes and places you can go to workout. If you know that you need other people to push you, then join a class that you would love. If you know that you need to be outdoors, join a group in your local park or a local running or biking group. There are always others looking for the same thing you are, and multiple groups and clubs that you can join. Have fun, because if you are enjoying what you're doing, the odds are in your favor.
NEVER COMPARE YOURSELF:
Never compare yourself to others. I can't stress this point enough. Yes, its human nature to see someone or something and desire what they have or where they are in their life. What you don't realize at the time, they have been working on those results, possibly for years. We look at others in the gym or in the magazines and we want their toned legs and chiseled abs. You will get yours! Please know that you do have something in common with them; you all made the conscience decision to get fit and healthy, and now you just have to come back every day and work on it. Remember the old saying, Practice makes Perfect!
BE CONSCIENCE OF YOU'RE EATING:
Having a healthy eating habit is the other main factor in attaining your goal. In order to be successful; you don't want to make huge radical changes all at once, this will definitely set you up to fail. Make small steady changes to ensure your success. The first and most beneficial change you should make, choose slower digesting carbs. Carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa provide more sustained energy throughout the day. Secondly, try eating as clean as possible. Choosing to eat less processed food will ensure that you are avoiding the harmful chemicals and sugars hidden in food today. Thirdly, try adding a new veggie to your diet every week. This will keep things interesting for you, and you never know, you might find something you love. Fourth, limit the time you spend eating out. Try and keep this to once a week or make this a reward for yourself. Lastly, limit your sugar and late night snacking. This is where many people lose their battle with weight-loss and getting healthy. Late-night snacking and eating sugar will foil all of your hard work from the day. If you are craving something sweet, try reaching for some cottage cheese, yogurt, or a piece of fruit. My personal favorite snack at night, frozen grapes and sometimes dipped in yogurt. You can make these yourself, dip your favorite grape in plain unsweetened yogurt and lay them on a sheet pan in the freezer. When frozen, put them in a zip-lock bag. When you have that sweet craving, reach for 3-5 of your frozen grapes and that craving is sent packing.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION:
All of us have different things that motivate us. For some, it may be how you look or feel, fitting in that special piece of clothing and for others it may be getting your blood sugar or cholesterol numbers lower. Whatever it may be, find it and focus on it. Post pictures of your progress. Connect with others on social media and draw from their journey and experiences. Do what works for you, just find that inspiration and keep your eyes set on your goal.