With the days lengthening and February coming to a close, now is a great time to think about your overall health and fitness.
In exactly the same way as the traditional home spring clean, it makes great sense to give yourself a bit of an audit to see if anything could be altered or changed to give a positive benefit and, if there is, how can it be done without too much disruption?
So ask yourself the following questions:
Do I feel I should be a bit fitter?
Could I do with losing some weight?
Am I stressed and tired?
If you’ve answered “Yes” to any or all of the above, then it would probably be very useful to do a quick review of your current lifestyle and see what changes you could make to turn the answer(s) into a “No”.
At first look, this might seem an impossible task. To many people, the above questions only have one answer:
Do I feel I should be a bit fitter? – Go to a gym (don’t have the time, too expensive, put off by the other people, hate them).
Could I do with losing some weight? – Go on a diet (tried that before, too hard, never work, makes me miserable).
Am I stressed and tired? – Get more sleep (too many demands on my time, too much to do).
In truth, all the above issues can actually be addressed in one go…the “being overweight” and “stressed and tired” elements are normally the result of a certain type of lifestyle as opposed to the other way round. People are not necessarily unfit because they are overweight, neither are they unfit because they are stressed or tired.
So the key thing here is to see what changes we can realistically make to have the most impact, within the normal restraints that most of us have in our daily lives. As much as we would like, it’s just a pipe dream to disappear off to a health spa for a month!
Here’s how to start:
Take 5 minutes to write out everything you ate and drank yesterday and then another 5 to detail your activity. Try and be as detailed as possible.
Then take a moment to consider whether or not that was a “normal” day. Given that yesterday was a Sunday, you might have done things that were actually not particularly normal…go out for a Sunday roast meal, or a long walk, for instance. If this is the case, you may want to do the same exercise for today, or last Friday.
The key reason for doing this is to identify any “unhealthy” habits in your day…by this we mean habits that may cause you to eat more than perhaps you need, or be inactive for long periods of time. Examples of this might be meeting up with a friend and always having a muffin and cappuccino, eating processed food on most nights of the week, having numerous snacks throughout the day as well as your normal meals, sitting at a desk for more than a couple of hours at a time, always using the car even for the shortest of trips etc etc.
Try putting a big red circle around any activity which you think may be relatively “unhealthy”. Now look closely at them.
Were they one-offs…or were they regular features of your day to day routines? If the latter, now is the time to make some changes!
Remember, you only have to make small, regular changes to make a really big difference in the long term. That way, you won’t disrupt your overall life, or that of those around you, like your partner or family.
But you’ll know you’re doing something, and after a while, you will notice the difference!
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