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Earning the body you want (and deserve) through sweat and graft sounds a lot better on paper then in practise!
Most of us have been sucked into the empty promises of fad diets at some point in our lives. Promises that may as well consist of magical unicorns being ridden by nutritionists in rainbow print ponchos.
The kind of diet that encourages you to dramatically decrease the amount you eat or that requires you to cut out certain foods will not only lead you to the land of the YoYo dieter but could really damage your long term health.
Your best bet is to educate yourself in the realms of food and fitness and embark on a lifelong eating plan that allows you to enjoy the odd treat but cuts out the daily rubbish!
Set yourself a goal for the year – and stick to it. That doesn’t mean embarking on a life changing health regime, it could simply mean tidying up your diet and going for a couple of extra walks a week. After all, your body is the only place you have to live – take care of it!
Physically fit –
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar
Getting fit has to be done in stages – lay some solid foundations and you can build from there.
If you haven’t run more than a bath in the last 5 years, its best to take some baby steps and go from there. Start off with a brisk walk for up to half an hour 3 times per week. As you feel your fitness levels increase, start to challenge yourself with increased distance or even a gentle jog.
As you get braver sign up for some local exercise classes, join a gym or even invest in a bike or other Sports Equipment.
You may find that your adventures are worth recording.
The more you mix up the types of exercise you do the more you will strengthen your core muscles and start to strip the winter warmer around the middle.
And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Dehydration can be the cause of your tiredness, lack of motivation and general feelings of bleurghhh. Taking a water bottle with you while out and about or having one your desk while you work can help you stay on top of the fluids game – especially important when you start to increase your activity levels.
You are what you eat!
…so don’t spend your life as a greasy, fat filled snack!
Munching your way through a spectrum of foods is actually a lot easier than you would think. Take a typical evening meal (pretty reasonably priced to buy and easy to prepare) salmon fillet with sweetcorn and green beans. Picture the colours on your plate and know you are enriching your temple with a whole lot of goodness – YUM!
The key to healthy eating isn’t hard – just combine lean proteins with plenty of fruits and vegetables with some complex carbs thrown in for good measure. Say no to ready meals, processed sauces, crisps and foods that contain loads of sugar. Don’t deprive yourself though, if you fancy a treat once a week then have one – just try and eat wisely for the rest of the week!
Make one big change or lots of little ones but do something, because starting now and not tomorrow, means that your healthy future starts today! Your body will be a temple before you know it.