WHY… do you wake up early to hit the gym before work? Do you make healthy food options at home instead of eating out? Do you give up soda and other sugary beverages? Have you dedicated at least 30 minutes a day to being active?
WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
WHY… are you making the decision to lead a healthy life?
Is it to be thinner? Is it because your doctor has recommended weight loss or exercise? Is it because you have a family history of diabetes or heart disease? Is it to look good in a bikini? Is it because you feel better when you workout regularly and eat well?
Let me give you a few statistics…
Chronic diseases, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are widespread and rising dramatically in the United States. Preventable factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, as well as lack of access or emphasis on preventative care, have led to a dramatic increase in chronic diseases in the last three decades. Chronic disease is defined as an illness or health condition that persists for a year or more, resulting in functional limitations and the need for ongoing medical care. Despite widespread knowledge that most chronic diseases are preventable and manageable through early detection, treatment, and healthy living, chronic disease usually leads to some degree of permanent physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more activities of daily living in many of those diagnosed with a chronic health condition.
Does that change your WHY?
Does that make you more committed to your WHY?
If that doesn’t help let me give you a few more statistics…
Another chronic condition is obesity. Obesity is the condition of being considerably overweight, and refers to a person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or who is at least 30 pounds over the recommended weight for their height.1 Approximately 66% of adult Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, and approximately 34% of Americans are obese, which equates to nearly 72 million Americans.1 Excessive body weight is associated to an array of health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, pregnancy complications, shortened life expectancy and decreased quality of life.
There are several BMI calculators available online that facilitate the process, but essentially, your BMI is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters, squared.
BMI = weight (kg) ÷ [height (m)]2
Does THAT change your WHY?
Does THAT make you more committed to your WHY?
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are more than just a “get thin” tool. They give you the ability to live a long and healthy life. So, start thinking about your WHY and what it means to you. You might find out that having a why that means more than fitting in your skinny jeans will change your fad diet and workout of the week into a healthy lifestyle, one which you can lead for the rest of your life, instead of for the next 30 days.
Find the time in your schedule.
The best way to start is to map out when you will workout. Whether that is making it to the gym, going to a studio for classes, meeting with a personal trainer, or working out at home. Planning when and where you will workout is key to successfully starting and maintaining a fitness program.
Find your places to workout.
Working out is on trend right now, from large national-chain gyms to small, local boutique gyms, to online workout plans you can do at home. Finding out what works the best for you will help you set and reach your fitness goals. For example, if you are someone who travels often, you may find it hard to commit to a gym.
Determine what your goals are and create a timeline.
I like to have my clients create 5 goals, based on the following timeline:
1- month goal
Begin with your long term goal, or broadest goal. For example: Lose 10 pounds. Now, each goal after that should be something that helps you reach that long term goal. Try to base your smaller goals on lifestyle changes vs weight loss goals. This means working on goals that create healthy habits, like cooking at home more often, drinking more water, getting 8 hours of sleep each night, saying something positive about yourself every time you pass a mirror, etc, instead of goals associated with numbers or measurements.
Hire a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist.
Most of us can afford 3-6 sessions with a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist. Let a fitness professional know exactly what you are looking for and ask them to help you get started. Ask them to show you articles and give you information on how you can be using the equipment and resources your gym has to the fullest.
Find a fitness buddy.
Find a friend, coworker, or family member that is interested in getting into a fitness routine. Plan workouts together, including group fitness classes, or personal training sessions. You can workout at home, take turns at each other’s houses using a workout video, or get outside and walk. The options are endless. The goal is to use your buddy for motivation and accountability and maybe some fun!
Throw out the junk food.
I’m someone who loves chips! I am someone who can sit down and eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting. I am someone who does NOT keep chips in my house. Self control is a great thing to have, and I have it when I meet a friend for lunch and order a side of vegetables instead of french fries. But self control at home, alone, when no one is watching? That is hard! And you are being mean to yourself by keeping unhealthy snacks around. Get rid of the things you know you’ll eat, that you know you shouldn’t eat. Crave salty things like me? Roast veggies and lightly salt with sea salt. More of a sweets fan? Freeze your fruit or make a smoothie.
For more information on getting started with a new fitness program contact Tami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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