If you’re out of shape and tired all the time, it almost seems impossible to change that. After all, just getting dressed to workout seems like a chore. Eating healthy seems too hard, too. It takes planning and isn’t nearly as easy as just driving through a quickie burger and grabbing a bite to eat. You don’t have to start all at once. You can take baby steps to build your energy and become stronger. You’ll be loving the fit life the healthier you become. It just feels good, to finally have the energy and spirit that comes from a healthy lifestyle.
If you haven’t started, don’t delay.
Every delay makes it more and more difficult. You can start by making small changes. Switch out that bottle of soda for water or put extra veggies in your meal. Park further from the store and walk more. Take the steps instead of the elevator. If you’re really out of shape, just take them up one flight and work up to more floors as you get fitter. Try a few of the quick workouts you can do anywhere. There’s a four minute Nitric Oxide dump, a seven minute workout from the New York Times and so many more. Dedicate three months to eating healthier and adding exercise to your day. You’ll be amazed at the difference.
If you’ve given yourself months to making changes, you’ll probably be ready for a full program.
Just making small changes each day should have you feeling great enough to start making bigger changes. If you haven’t already given up food with added sugar, do so. It’s one of the toughest things to do, since sugar is addictive and stimulates the same area of the brain that opioids do. It’s worth it. Focus on eating healthier food and giving up processed food entirely. That doesn’t mean that if you eat sugar or processed food all is lost. Just go back to healthier eating the next day. Start a program of regular exercise and try to do something active every day.
You’ll feel fabulous when you eat healthy and exercise regularly, but there are other things to include.
Don’t forget to get adequate sleep. You need from seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function properly. Lack of sleep not only makes you feel horrible, it also stimulates the hormone that makes you hungry and suppresses the hormone that makes you feel full. That increases the potential for weight gain. Drink more water. Dehydration creates many symptoms including making you feel tired. If you still smoke or abuse alcoholic beverages or drugs, now is the best time tackle giving up that habit. You now have the strength and resolve to do it.
- Getting healthy isn’t easy, but as you start coming closer to a healthier lifestyle, you’ll feel more energized and build the determination to do it.
- Eating healthier can actually save you money. It requires some planning ahead, like meal planning for a week, creating a shopping list and cooking for the week, but then all the work is done. You can make extra and have it stored so there’s less work the following week.
- You’ll find you love the healthier way of eating and even notice the difference when you do eat in a restaurant. You’ll make smarter choices.
- Living healthy not only means living longer, but living better. It’s not all about the number of years in your life, but the life in those years.