I have tried different exercises and diet plans for years, but I find it very hard to stick to something. Why is that? I just want to feel good and be healthy.
It’s easy to come up with a list of a thousand reasons why we can’t lose the last five pounds, or find time to exercise and my advice is to take a practical approach to creating a healthy lifestyle.
In order to make positive changes, you will have to make alterations in your life. For example, you may have to make more time for exercise or change your eating habits to 4 – 5 small meals a day instead of skipping breakfast and eating a big steak dinner at 8 pm (if you have to have it, eat it at 5 pm instead).
You have mastered many other things in your everyday life and in order to be master of your health and wellness, you need to make it a priority.
Your exercise plan must be progressive so that as you become fitter, the exercise you do becomes longer in duration and higher in intensity–most of us do not train hard enough to evoke the positive changes we are looking for in our bodies.
Incorporating random exercises such as jogging, strength-training, or cycling will burn some calories and get the heart working. And why not target exercises specifically to what you encounter during the day, for example, ones that strengthen your arms and help you lift both toddlers and groceries or stretches that will take the pain out of gardening or household chores such as shoveling snow.
The food you eat must provide enough nutrients to maintain cellular health, the energy to perform intense exercise and be specific to your goals. If you constrict your calories too much, eat low fat foods, consume processed foods and artificial sweeteners, don’t eat at regular intervals or skip meals in order to restrict calories, you are robbing your body of the nutrients it needs to perform what you request of it (including weight loss).
Processed foods take a great deal of energy to digest and provide very little energy to the body. Eating small meals throughout the day, consuming whole, fresh foods, and drinking plenty of clean water will supply your body with the nutrients it needs to perform your daily tasks with more energy. I advise the “mind over matter” approach: Think about adding healthy foods, instead of taking away the less desirable foods.
Create a plan that suits your lifestyle; challenge yourself physically; eat healthy foods, and be the master of your health and wellness.
Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at Goodlife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.