What motivates you toward a healthier lifestyle? Is it the emotion of not being able to fit in your favorite jeans; being uncomfortable in an airplane seat; or maybe someone asking if you have a baby in your belly, but you don’t? Or is it worry of heart disease? Whatever it is you must maintain your motivation, or else you will slip back as you have many times before. Identify any behaviors that you believe can lead to failure and eliminate them. Get a support team and also support yourself. Replace negative words (“I can’t make time in my day to exercise”), with positive statements (“I can set aside 30 minutes a day to exercise”).
Surround yourself with supportive people, write out a very specific outcome (post them and read them often), and make statements in the present tense. Visualize the process in great detail using your senses. If you are serious about change, you must be able to see the change, as well as the outcome, first in mind, then in body.
Identify poor habits and come up with a plan to remove them, change your patterns, and break the destructive habit by replacing it with a new healthy one that initiates change and makes it permanent. Investigate what resources you have to support your compliance, and then follow through with action.
Celebrate your milestones by purchasing a new pair of running shoes, new music to exercise to, a spa treatment, lessons, a personal training session, or a new outfit. Each success will build on the momentum of attaining your results. It’s very challenging to get the results you want on your own, so it is important to surround yourself with a support team.
Create a well-balanced diet by eating fresh and nourishing foods that naturally contain fat, protein, and carbs, instead of processed foods. Become aware of your hunger and fullness so that you eat what you need to thrive and not what you want for pleasure. Do not go back for seconds.
You will feel light and lively, you will be flushing fat and toxins, and you will be nourishing your body. You’ll have excess energy when you eat real foods three times daily.
Living an active lifestyle has numerous benefits that completely reverse the negatives of a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise is essential to help people attain adequate fitness levels for an independent life.