10 Tips to Start Today

Jan 03, 2010
10 Tips to Start Today

Its never too late to take some time to form some new habits

This New Years take some time to...

1. Take A Deep Breath

You’re starting on a great adventure, and your breath gives you energy to keep the momentum going. Plus, oxygen is essential to a healthy body. Breathe deep and let it do its magic.

2. Drink Water—Lots Of Water!

When you’re dehydrated, you limit your body’s natural ability to burn fat. Skip the soda, cut the coffee, and drink at least a gallon of water each day.

3. Stay Away From Fad Diets

When it comes to food, use common sense. Aim for three meals a day containing a moderate portion (about the size of your palm) of lean protein, a moderate portion (about the size of your fist) of carbohydrates, and a small amount (about the size of your thumb nail) of butter or olive oil. In between meals, enjoy two or three small snacks such as an apple, a yogurt, or a handful of carrots.

4. Get Moving

Even small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking for a half an hour after dinner instead of watching TV can change your entire outlook on life.

5. Love Yourself Now

There’s no one else like you in the entire world, and the shape you’re in doesn’t define your value as a person. Learn to respect your uniqueness and enjoy the process of getting fit and healthy as much as the results.

6. Eat Before You Shop

Going to the grocery store while hungry can lead to unhealthy purchases, and, in extreme cases, desperate side trips to the local fast-food drive-thru.

7. Don’t Eat While Watching TV

When watching television, people tend to get distracted and shovel the food in without realizing how much they’re eating. What’s more, the type of convenience foods most people eat in front of the TV are usually not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. You can go through a whole bag of chips by the time your favorite sitcom’s over, so leave the snacks in the kitchen.

8. Give Yourself A Break

Demanding perfection right away can only lead to guilt and frustration. That’s why I recommend the occasional indulgence. Once or twice a week, treat yourself to something special like a slice of pizza or a piece of cake. It will take some of the pressure off in the beginning, and will help you appreciate the fact that you’re following the right lifestyle the rest of the time.

9. Think Of The Three Top Reasons Why You Want To Live Healthier

This will motivate you to keep at it. While your reasons are going to be unique for you, some popular ones include looking good for a spouse, avoiding disease, having more confidence, getting more energy, participating in sports, or attracting attention on the beach. Be sure to write your reasons down and make copies. Post the copies on your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator, near the television set, and next to your bed as constant and public reminders of the commitment you’ve made to yourself.

10. Reaffirm Your Commitment

Each day, reaffirm your commitment to get healthier in your mind and in your heart and remember that you and only you have the ability to achieve your goals.

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