New Years Exercise Resolution: New Year New You?
Do you get on the New Years Resolution bandwagon? I think in theory it's a good concept, but I also think it promotes an "all or nothing" strategy for those who are trying to meet fitness or weight loss goals. As I've said before: good health is a journey, not a destination. If your overweight, you need to make permanent adjustments to your eating and exercise habits, that's simply the bottom line (if you don't want to simply snap back to your prior weight once your done with your "diet") The idea of going on a diet is really ridiculous if you think about it; your going to temporarily adjust your intake or exercise so you lose weight, that's great, but what about when your done? Are you going to stop doing the things that got you there and just "keep an eye on your weight"? That's been proven not to work.
The problem is that people don't want to have to "change there lives", well, I suggest you don't look at it in such herculean terms. On "reality" TV shows they show people who are morbidly obese literally killing themselves while obsessively fit "beautiful people" berate them and drown them in platitudes…this is how we view weight loss and fitness. I'm here to tell you (as a competitive athlete who's cut weight for competition) it doesn't need to be like that. Baby steps will get you there too, maybe not in a month, but not only does slow and steady win the race, it also give you lifelong habits. Here's a list of "baby steps" for you to incorporate into your routine, and they're all minor changes that won't cause ripples into the rest of your lives.
- Workout on a treadmill, elliptical or bike for 30 minutes a day
- Reduce your sugar intake (use splenda in your coffee, find a soft drink with less sugar than soda, reward your self with only one "treat" a day)
- Drink more water
- Snack on vegetables, always keep them handy and you can't go wrong
- Make rice and pasta a side item rather than a main course
- Eat slower, it takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell you your full
- Don't go for "seconds" establish your portion the first time around, when you eat it…your done (and if you put an enormous pile on your plate, you'll be painfully aware that your going overboard
- Find someone to do it with you, a support group makes it A LOT easier
- Find low-fat substitutes for butter, mayo, cheese, salad dressing, etc (but watch the sugar, what they take away in fat, they sometimes replace with sugar)
Well, there's the prescription. Nothing too severe, but it is a routine that you can stick to. Just remember, your not on a "diet", your just making a few "adjustments". Be sure to let me know how things are going, I'd be glad to help along the way.