Simple Steps To Better Health And Fitness
Are you tired of carrying around that extra weight? Maybe you’re struggling to get through the day without fighting fatigue and lack of energy. Of course, you might have aspirations of finally getting into that gorgeous bikini this summer or simply finding clothes that look great and actually flatter your figure. There are many reasons to begin taking your health and fitness seriously.
The best place to start when you’re ready to transform your life is with a careful evaluation of your current habits. Many times, people have slowly developed bad habits and are not even aware of how far they’ve let themselves slide. Whether it’s too much snacking, portion sizes that are out of control or it’s foregoing exercise for days or weeks at a time, it’s helpful to get an idea of what your day-to-day life encompasses. Once you’ve finished this step, you’ll be able to make some smart choices on where to begin improving your wellness.
A food journal can be a valuable tool. Get a small notebook or a few sheets of paper, and over two or three days write down everything you eat and drink. Even if it’s just a bite of this or a taste of that, it all adds to your caloric intake, so jot it down. While you’re doing this, also track how much water you drink.
In the same journal, begin writing down every time you exercise. It doesn’t have to be a formal workout session, it could be taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator or a long day of shopping at the mall. Once you’ve tracked your calories and exercise for several days, it’s time to look over what one of your typical days looks like. This can be an eye opener, but it’s crucial in helping you establish your starting point.
First, look at what you’ve been eating. Do you notice areas of concern? For many people, problem areas will be immediately evident. Whether it’s too many sweets or you’re consuming too many calories in a day, you’ll be able to identify places where you can start making some important changes. You don’t have to change everything at the same time, so look for a couple of your biggest problem areas and make a commitment to work on those over the next month.
Now it’s time to do the same with your exercise habits. Look at your journal and honestly evaluate if you’re getting enough physical activity. Make note of your good habits, such as getting extra steps in your day by parking at the back of the lot. Continue with your good habits and try to build on them. You’ll also want to make sure that you add a regular exercise program. Plan on getting about 30 minutes of exercise 5 — 6 times per week. Add in stretches, weight bearing exercises and cardio workouts where necessary.
If drinking enough water is something you struggle with, continue monitoring your hydration habits. As you cut back on calories, and increase physical activity, you’ll be burning more fat. You’ll need good hydration to keep your body functioning properly as well as to flush out the toxins released when fat is burned. Of course, when you’re working out, always have water close at hand and ensure you remain hydrated throughout your session.
As you develop healthier habits, you’ll start to look and feel better. This can help motivate you to continue looking for areas where you can improve. If necessary, go back to your journal and spend a couple of days monitoring your calories and exercise habits, again. This time, you’ll find fewer areas of concern, but you’ll likely find areas where you can improve. These will be your new areas of focus.