I know you want to be fit and healthy – me, too! But don’t you get exhausted sometimes trying to figure out how to do it?
Good grief – there’s so much information available – and much of it contradictory – that I don’t blame any of us for wanting to give up and sit on the couch. I completely understand, because I’ve been there, too.
But guess what? My huge desire to be fit and healthy inspired me to find a simple plan that works, and that cuts through all of the confusion.
When you really think about it, being healthy and fit aren’t that complicated. And once you get into a groove of being healthy, you can throw stress out the window, your head will be more clear, and you’ll start being more efficient in general.
The bottom line is, being fit and healthy is totally worth it in terms of how fabulous you’ll feel – and look.
Ready? Here’s a list of things you can do, starting right now, that will set you on your path to being fit and healthy – without turning your life upside down.
- Set a schedule: Take a few moments to look at your weekly life and your commitments. Once you see where your actual blocks of discretionary time occur, you can then commit to guarding those for fitness pursuits.
- Stay hydrated: Especially when working out, but also all day long. Drinking plenty of water is known to help in many ways, including avoiding over-eating and keeping your body systems flushed and clear.
- Find a fitness buddy: Even if both of your schedules can only gel one day a week, that sense of camaraderie and accountability can spill over and motivate you for the rest of your week.
- Don’t eat after 7pm: Thats when your body begins shutting down for the day, so the last thing you need is for it to be metabolizing calories
- Eat breakfast: You will have more energy and focus for the rest of your day, be less likely to snack on unhealthy foods mid-morning, and jump start your metabolism after 10 hours of “fasting”. Whole oatmeal, eggs, fruit, and nut butters make fast, simple and healthy breakfasts.
- Add “Mini-workouts: It is amazing what a twice daily longer walk from the parking lot, combined with a 15 minute power walk on your breaks and lunches can do throughout your day. Even doing some office workouts will do wonders for keeping your metabolism charged all day long.
- Mindless Eating: Pay attention to those habitual moments when you eat mindlessly. Plan to have healthy options such as popcorn or a boiled egg ready ahead of time so that you don’t reach for crackers.
- Cut back on sugars: Cut out or greatly reduce processed sugars to reduce your glycemic index load, control weight gain, and reduce toxins in your liver, pancreas, muscles, and blood stream.
- Add more leafy greens: In addition to the super nutrients added to your diet, leafy greens also help prevent a variety of aging issues, and produce energy via their high B vitamin content.
- Increase protein sources: lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Adding these simple fitness routines will not only help your body to be more efficient, but as you learn to make them a part of your daily approach, you’ll find that your priorities will change and you’ll become less and less likely to make detrimental health choices.
Talk to me! Share the health and fitness tips that work for you!
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