- Meditate. Take 1-2 minutes every morning and frame your day. Try to find a quiet place and breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Appreciate the oxygen filling your lungs and think about how your going to make healthy choices throughout the day. Make the promise to yourself to follow these choices each day.
- Embrace your motivation. Think about all the reasons why you want to get in shape. Make a list and keep it with you. Every time your tempted look at the list to help keep yourself on track for success.
- Walk and take the stairs whenever possible. Try to avoid the elevator and your car. Over time you’ll look and feel better.
- Dance. Every night when you get home from work if you’re like most people you’re rushing to find the TV remote or get on your computer to veg out. Take 10 min every night, put on your favorite music and shake what ya momma gave ya! If you have kids, they might think your crazy, but they’ll love it and probably join in trust me. Don’t think about anything except moving your body and having fun. You might have a lot to do, but 10 min won’t make a difference in your busy life besides improving your health.
- Eat often. Try to eat every 3 hours. In the ideal situation, you’ll eat 3 healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks everyday. Think of your intestines like a highway. When you put too many cars on the highway there’s a traffic jam. The same goes for us. If we eat small healthy meals often, our digestive system works better so more nutrients are absorbed and more waste is excreted. If we eat less often, we tend to eat larger meals causing traffic jams in our intestines which causes fatigue and impedes our ability to absorb nutrients and excrete waste.
- Strength train. People often neglect strength training because they’re afraid of getting bigger. For every pound of muscle you gain, you will burn approximately 50 extra calories at rest daily. So if you want to speed up your metabolism and lose fat, you need to strength train.
- Be like Popeye. Eat your veggies. Fill half your plate with fruits or veggies every meal and you’ll be more likely to stay full longer, not overeat, and get your necessary nutrients. In the ideal situation you’ll eat your fruits earlier in the day and your veggies in the afternoon and evening.
- Practice portion control. As a general rule if your carbohydrate is the size of your fist and your protein is the size of the palm of your hand you’ll be right on track. Obviously the bigger we are, the larger our hands are , and the more calories we require.
- Make fitness a family affair. If you have a partner or partners supporting you it makes adapting to a fit lifestyle that much easier. There are no better partners than your own family members. There will be less junk food in the house and less temptation. Don’t forget to lead by example, if they fall off the wagon, don’t lose focus. Your good influence can get them back on track instead of the other way around.
- Love yourself. Love yourself enough to know your worth it. Focus on the things you can do, not on the things you can’t. This will help you reach your true potential.
” Be yourself everyone else is taken”