Many of us have set resolutions to improve our health and fitness as the new year has begun. While having clear health and fitness objectives in mind is great, many people go above and above to achieve these objectives. They experiment with the newest fad diet or exercise craze and frequently end up using all of their physical and mental energies.
Burnout, failure, or injury are common outcomes of this, as are complete quitting or achieving these goals but being unable to maintain them. So instead of setting wildly improbable goals, I advise you to try to alter your way of life.
You create practices that will enhance many aspects of your life when you begin to see health and fitness as a lifestyle choice rather than a passing interest or 30-day goal.
A healthy way of living can foster creativity and give you self-control, flexibility, and balance.
You’ll not only look and feel better as a result of doing this, but you’ll also present a better version of yourself to the people in your life who matter most.
IT IS NOT JUST AESTHETICS
More than just how you appear, what you eat, or how much weight you can lift at the gym, health and fitness are important. They concern:
how you are feeling.
your standard of living
your level of attention at work.
your range of motion.
your emotional state.
When you are actually healthy, your attitude is better and your physical capabilities are greater. You may go trekking, paddleboard, or take your dog for a walk. Your experiences and quality of life can be severely impacted if you are unable to do these activities.
CHOOSING A REFERENCE
You not only help yourself by choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle, but you also set a great example for everyone else. The healthy decisions you make have an impact on your friends, family, and kids, who frequently feel motivated to make changes in their own life as a result.
Better relationships, a lower chance of sickness, and an all-around healthier and happier planet are the results of this. Simply choosing healthier options can have a positive ripple effect on everyone in your immediate vicinity.
Set the transformation in motion by yourself.
Additionally, you may lead by example by training to be a Lifestyle Coach with NASM!
YOU LEARN EXACT CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR
I’ve discovered that “diets” or “exercise challenges” have a limited lifespan. To constantly travel at 100 mph is unrealistic. All of us are human. Life occurs, the tension comes and goes, and plans might be disturbed.
We learn to ADAPT when we make the decision to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Because you have cultivated the habits and abilities to lead a healthy lifestyle wherever you are, you learn to enjoy life when you are on vacation and away from your kitchen and gym. You can indulge without going overboard if you consistently practice moderation and balance. You develop the habit of carrying your resistance bands with you when you travel, making a bodyweight circuit, or working out on adjacent benches and stairs if you don’t have access to a gym for one week. When your routine is disrupted, you learn to adapt rather than self-destruct.
Yes, those who engage in excessive diets or
taking part in physical challenges. The proportion of people who actually adhere to those plans, however, is very low. These tasks are frequently finished quickly and come with tight criteria for success and failure, neither of which are beneficial to your mental or emotional well-being. Here are some pointers to help you start living a healthy and active lifestyle right away:
You are more likely to experience defeat if you establish extreme goals. You are more likely to remain consistent and enjoy your path when the expectations aren’t as high. You don’t demand perfection of yourself in this way. You wake up the next day and get straight back on track if you eat something “poor” or skip a workout since it’s become a habit. This strategy is considerably more doable and produces greater consistency over time.
Here are some pointers to help you start living a healthy and active lifestyle right away:
1. CHOOSE AN ACTIVITY YOU ENJOY
When it comes to maintaining consistency with your workouts, this is crucial. It will only last so long if you consistently engage in unpleasant physical activity that drains both your physical and emotional energy. Even if they are not the most intense, it is better to pick exercises that you enjoy and can stick with long term. Always prefer consistent low-intensity exercise over inconsistent high-intensity activity.
2. Have patience as you work toward achieving your physical goals.
Recall that progress takes time. Forgive yourself.
Nothing worthwhile is simple. Learn to embrace the journey, the people you meet along the way, and the process.
3. DO NOT QUIT EATING THE FOODS YOU LOVE.
I firmly think that you should never stop eating the foods you enjoy. Find a healthier method to prepare your favorite foods. Keep eating pizza if it’s your favorite food. You will feel deprived as a result. To create your healthy version, get inventive and use pure ingredients.
4. NEITHER COMPETE NOR WITH ANYONE
Your life and your adventure are right here. It would help if you never compared yourself to others because no two people are the same. You are on the right track as long as you strive to improve each day when you wake up.
5. ADOPT NEW THINGS
Push yourself past your comfort zone. Explore various foods and join a friend in a new exercise class. A simple method to start experimenting with new meals and exposing yourself to a wide range of fruits and vegetables is to do your grocery shopping according to what’s in season. If you’ve never tried meal planning, give it a shot! It will keep things interesting and keep you motivated and inspired to make this way of living a permanent way of life. So get out of your comfort zone and mix things up.
Check out the NASM Behavior Change Specialization if you’re interested in assisting clients with implementing beneficial behavioral changes (NASM-BCS).