It happens to everyone. That moment when you realize that you're not operating at the top of your game. Maybe it's time to do something about your weight. Maybe you've neglected a part of your training and you're not moving like you used to.
It may happen when you're looking in the mirror or like recent events with Robin Thicke's Father, on the ice. Some may say 69 is a ripe old age, but when the average life expectancy of Americans is in decline and doctor's are reaching the limit of what they can do about heart disease and obesity, I'd say your personal responsibility over your health should be of concern.
Your first thought is to go on a 'diet' but as quickly as that enters your mind the ghosts of a hundred diets past returns...along with all the frustration.
Then you wonder, why bother?
The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you'll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever.
The answer is not to go on another diet.
The answer is to change your lifestyle.
You've heard this before, and it makes sense, right? So why haven't you done it?
Your Lifestyle Obstacles. Most people resist changing their lifestyle for two reasons.
1. Change is scary. Whether you realize it or not, your life is in a constant state of change. Though you cling to the familiar, it's a futile struggle. Change always wins.
The most consistent thing in life is change. Since you'll never escape it, you might as well channel it. It's time to make the change in your life purposeful and positive.
2. Lifestyle misconception. How many times have you heard the term 'healthy lifestyle' only to picture a health nut with celery sticks in one hand and tofu in the other; hiking up the side of a mountain? The truth is that most people think that changing their lifestyle will be an extreme and unpleasant experience - and that's not true.
Improving your lifestyle does not mean swearing off chocolate or living in the gym. You don't have to eat wheat germ for lunch and you can still enjoy a nice plate of pasta. The key is moderation.
Making the Change. It's time to lose your 'all or nothing' mentality. Kaizen is my philosophy. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. These are your main venues for change:
- What You Eat. Let's face it, most of the foods you eat aren't the healthiest. Some are downright terrible (bacon wrapped pork chops in cheese anyone?). While others are simply excessive (the snacks you eat while watching TV).
The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a 'diet'. In fact, I never want you to go on a 'diet' again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
- Choose popcorn over chips
- Only add grass fed butter to your food (in moderation)
- Eat fresh produce with every meal
- Get off dairy (you're not a baby calf)
- Drink MORE water
- Stop mindlessly buying snacks for the home so you can mindlessly snack
- Drink MORE water (not a typo)
I don't expect your nutrition to be perfect every day of the week - that'd be ludicrous. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
- What You Do. Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you're not getting enough of it. How often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your sneakers? Don't disregard the importance and power of a good workout.
Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week. This may seem tough, but I have the perfect solution - my training programs were created for busy people just like you who only have so much time to dedicate to exercise. I also just launched my Dirty Basics home workout and my 1 on 1 Online Training for those who need a specific and more tailored plan.
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Here are simple ways to move more:
- Watch less TV
- Foam roll and stretch muscles every day
- Play at the park with the kids
- Go for a jog
- Drop out of the bed and do some pushups every morning
Your lifestyle is the balance of all the choices that you make regarding your body. Swing the balance in your favor - make a majority of your choices health conscious.
So the next time you're in front of the mirror you won't worry about your weight. The next time you call upon your body to move (and move well), it'll listen. You don't have to get ready, when you're #alwaysready.
You'll relish it.