With the holiday season recently ended, the sense of urgency – even frenzy – that sometimes goes with it can wind down, too. That applies to those New Year’s resolutions. Let’s keep the good intentions and let the elite images and tight deadlines go. When a fitness resolution is not realistic, it can take the good down with it when it falls away.
The resolutions that help us, that extend our lives and expand our enjoyment of them, those resolutions are backed with steadiness and compassion, rather than intensity. A moderate fitness routine that stays with you is far more beneficial than a rigorous routine that lasts only a few weeks. Adopting some activities that become a way of life, that’s the ticket. You see, most of the greatest health threats we face today have a behavioral component. Heart attack, stroke and diabetes are just a few of the “top-ten” that we can protect ourselves from, when we make diet and exercise an easy path to follow.
Get There with Company
A walking buddy or a gym buddy can help us make sure we keep our commitments. Even if you prefer the quiet and concentration of exercising solo, you can still find a way to share the joy of what you’re doing. Meet a friend after the gym, or after that walk. You might be surprised how your outlook is sunnier, your ideas more creative, your conversation more engaging. Your friends or family can share that glow and enjoy the difference you are creating in your life.
And speaking of enjoying, even though your goal should be long-term, you don’t have to wait until you achieve it to enjoy it. Notice that you’re standing straighter in the checkout line and feeling your stomach muscles’ embrace. Your feet feel more solidly connected to the floor and the power of the earth seems to flow up through your legs. If you pay close attention, this might be a feeling you get after days, not months, of practicing a safe and moderate regimen.
Eat More Often
Often, people find that losing weight includes eating more often. Having breakfast is shown to help prevent undisciplined eating later in the day. Going many hours between meals can cause blood sugar to crater and lead to cravings for things that aren’t good for you. So, a well-planned snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon can be a step toward lower numbers on the scale.
More occasions and wiser choices go together in planning a diet that supports your fitness initiatives. And don’t be too concerned if you feel hungrier at first. Be satisfied, be happy, and your appetite will adjust.
Be Your Own Fan-Base
Loving the results is one of the strongest motivations of all for your new fitness lifestyle. That’s why the experience of even one success on your fitness path – just one – can be the breakthrough you need. No matter what fitness regimen you choose – from walking to pool aerobics to running to weight training – there is progress you can notice all along the way if you pay close attention. In fact, awareness of the body is one of the benefits itself.
Setting an achievable, short-term goal, such as exercising moderately four days this week, and then meeting that goal, gives you more than muscle strength and aerobic exchange. Knowing that you can do what you set out to do puts power on your side.
We can help you select the right fitness path for you, and make sure you’re prepared to enjoy it safely. To schedule an appointment with us at Global Family Medicine, call us at 843-815-6468.