Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/winter_spring13-en.pdf
Don't get caught doing too little too late. Start on the right path today!
Are you stuck in the pattern of breaking your health related resolution couple weeks into the New Year? If so, stop making excuses and take control of your health today! Remember that health is not something you can catch up on immediately after years of neglect. Hence, if you currently live an unhealthy lifestyle, it is critical that you start making small changes in the near future.
In this article, I will talk a bit in regards to diet and exercise on ways to help you stay healthy this year.
Some of my recommended approaches to keeping fit this year are:
1. Educate yourself:
Go out to talk to industry professionals and do your own research. Simply work to have a better understanding of what is healthy and what is not. If you do this, you will be less likely to be influenced by advertisements and will be able to make informed, less emotional choice every time you eat.
Remember that diet and exercise go hand in hand. In fact, it is often said that maintaining a healthy body is roughly 80% diet and 20% exercise. This means that you cannot maintain a healthy body simply by neglecting diet and exercising excessively and vice versa.
A word of caution here in that looks can be deceiving when it comes to defining a “healthy body.” Fat can be on the inside as well as on the outside. In fact fat on the inside, also known as visceral fat can often be more of a health risk than visible fat. Hence, those relatively skinny ones out there, you need to exercise and watch what you eat as well! Remember that you can achieve your short term goals through dieting, but to keep the weight off in the long run you need to exercise and build some muscle that will not only help you stay structurally strong, but will help you burn more calories.
2. Eliminate the causes for excuses
How many times have you not been able to accomplish a task because of some excuse you made? For example, a typical excuse I hear is people having intentions to go to the gym in the evening but once they get home, laziness kicks in and they simply end up sitting on the couch instead. Why not take away these causes for excuses? Take your gym clothing with you to work and go directly after work instead. If you don’t like working out in the gym because it is crowded, try working out outside or take a fitness class instead. The key to note here is that in most cases there are always ways to get around these excuses. Try not to get too emotional about it but treat it more like a task you need to get through in your day before you go to sleep.
3. Keep a log
One of the key things when trying to maintain or rebuild a healthy body is being conscious about what you eat. This means keeping a log of what you eat throughout the day. Once you have done this, try to identify what is actually providing nutrients for your body instead of empty calories. Over time, try to cut out those foods that provide empty calories and replace them with nutrient rich alternatives. You will find that you can actually lose weight by eating more if you do this! Also, keep a log of when you are eating during the day. You may realize that you snack quite often when you are bored. If this is the case, try to eliminate this boredom or find healthier snacks.
4. Be patient
There are many products and procedures out there that advertise that you can lose weight in a short period of time. Most of the time, what they do not show is what happens to these people after the program. There is a saying that the quicker you lose weight, the quicker you are going to re-gain that weight. Hence, a natural, slow but sure way of losing weight is more beneficial in the long run. This is again usually accomplished through the combination of healthy diet choices and exercise.
I know this may be all easier said than done but with a little bit of desire and will, it is possible and sustainable!