How many times have you thought to yourself “I really need to do something about my health?” or “I need to make time to exercise.” or “I need to do something about losing weight.” Then as soon as you think about what you NEED to do, you quickly forget it and nothing changes? Those that are successful in improving their health actually DO what needs to be done. Those that continue as they are, never start. The secret to getting healthy is looking right back at you in the mirror. It’s Y-O-U.
Let’s start by looking at what you may be doing now and how you can change for a healthier you.
- Do you smoke or use tobacco? This is one habit you should really try to break as soon as possible. I’m a former smoker and from me to you – it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it. Matter of fact, it’s going to be pretty darn hard but tell yourself you are stronger than the craving. It’s as much addiction as it is part of how you move through your day. I used to smoke to manage stress and during the day I would smoke on the way to work, on lunch, on the way home from work and when I would sit down for the evening. That’s how I relaxed but I finally replaced the bad habit of smoking with healthier habits. For example, I would take a walk on lunch or I would hit the gym after work. The exercise replaced my need to smoke. Smoking in the car was more difficult to replace. I put Tootsie Pops in my car and when the craving became too much to bear, I would unwrap a Tootsie Pop. In the evening to keep my hands busy I would cross stitch, crochet and quilt. It took quite some time before I stopped reaching for a cigarette out of habit but eventually it happened. One other thing that helped me quit smoking and has actually helped me break several habits it to tell myself to wait 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes I found myself still wanting whatever it was, I would be able to have it. Do you know what happened? 10 minutes went by without me even realizing it. Most of the time, it would be much longer than 10 minutes before the craving hit me again. If you are smoker, start here and work to break the smoking habit.
- Limit alcohol. Alcohol is another stress reliever for many. Unfortunately it also causes many illnesses and often many not so wise decisions! Limit your alcohol to no more than one drink a day.
- Eating clean is eating healthy. Besides quitting smoking, eating clean has been just as important in helping me get healthy and fit. Eating clean means to eat REAL food. Start by removing processed foods from your diet and increase the number of fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins you consume daily. Just eating clean will have you quickly feeling better.
- Exercise. It’s proven that even 10 minutes of activity daily improves your fitness levels. Start by taking a walk then build from there and just get moving.
Today, make the choice to move forward to becoming a healthier, happier you by putting one foot in front of the other and start moving forward.
To your health,