How many times have you thought to yourself “I really need to do something about my health?” or “I need to make time to exercise.” or “I need to do something about losing weight.” Then just as soon as you think about what you NEED to do, you quickly forget it and nothing changes? Those that are successful in improving their health do what needs to be done. Those that are not successful, never start.I am not pointing fingers at anyone. What I am trying to do is to get those that truly want to improve their health and fitness to take the first step. Let’s start by looking at what you are currently doing each day:
- Do you smoke or use tobacco? This is one habit you should really try to break as soon as possible. I’m a former smoker and from me to you – it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it. It’s as much addiction as it is part of how you move through your day. I used to smoke to manage stress and during the day I would smoke on the way to work, on lunch, on the way home from work and when I would sit down for the evening. That’s how I relaxed but I finally replaced the bad habit of smoking with healthier habits. For example, I would take a walk on lunch or I would hit the gym after work. The exercise replaced my need to smoke. Smoking in the car was more difficult to replace. I put Tootsie Pops in my car and when the craving became too much to bear, I would unwrap a Tootsie Pop. In the evening to keep my hands busy I would cross stitch, crochet and quilt. It took quite some time before I stopped reaching for a cigarette out of habit but eventually it happened. If you are smoker, start here and work to break the smoking habit.
- Limit alcohol. Alcohol is another stress reliever for many. Unfortunately it also causes my illnesses. Limit your alcohol to no more than one drink a day.
- Eating clean is eating healthy. Besides quitting smoking, eating clean has been just as important in helping me get healthy and fit. Eating clean means to eat REAL food. Start by removing processed foods from your diet and increase the number of fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins you consume daily. Just eating clean will have you quickly feeling better.
- Exercise. It’s proven that even 10 minutes of activity daily improves your fitness levels. Start by taking a walk then build from there and just get moving.
Make 2015 YOUR year for health and fitness. No one can do it for you so it’s up to Y-O-U to take the first step. Believe you can and you will.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.