Every year you set the same resolution, “I’m going to get fit and exercise,” right? Aren’t you tired of saying the same thing year after year or have you given up on working out totally and decided to accept the fact that you just can’t do it? Forget the use of the word diet, you should just eliminate it from your vocabulary altogether. Make being healthy and fit a lifestyle!
No one said you had to look like a super model in order to be healthy and fit. Sure you may no longer be the slim and trim person you were when you were younger. It starts with the mind set and what you want for yourself. Exercise is a chore for some and like food for others. You must be able to create a level of balance for yourself and start out small. Start a level that you feel comfortable with.
Walking has so many benefits and can increase your heart rate in addition to burning calories. Take the stairs at work instead of using the elevator. On your lunch break walk around the neighborhood or inside your work building. Use the company gym if it is available to employees. That’s what it is there for! Employers recognize the need for their employees to be healthy and have gyms available to their staff at no cost. Start taking the dog out for longer walks as you’re not only doing something relaxing and beneficial for you and your pet you are actually creating more bonding time with them.
You don’t need a gym in order to work out. Your DVD player allows you to use your favorite fitness guru as your personal trainer right in the comfort in your own home. There are many to choose from. If that’s not an option then dance! Everyone loves music, so why not play your favorite CD and dance to the entire CD or at least for 30 minutes. Your cable music channel will provide the same effect!
If you’re not motivated by working out by yourself, join your local gym or recreation center that offers fitness classes at low cost. The YMCA has fitness classes as well and some gyms offer no contract or just a low monthly fee.
Eat smaller portions throughout the day and drink water for hydration. Some great snacks would include apples, nuts, sunflower seeds, bananas and strawberries. Add healthier foods to your normal meals by adding a salad and eating more greens such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach or green beans. Eat less sugar, add more protein and take a daily vitamin supplement.
You have several different options in beginning your new year’s resolution. Recognize that change doesn’t happen overnight and it’s a process! No one is saying to totally give up some of your favorite goodies, but slowly consume less of it. Remember it’s all in the mind and how determined you are to becoming healthier. NO MORE EXCUSES!
Check out Dr.Oz – No Excuses: Chair Workout video http://www.doctoroz.com/
Healthy Recipes- http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating/index.html
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