A lifestyle change is more than just a diet or an exercise plan, it’s a commitment to moving more and eating less. It means that you’ll actually look for ways to increase your activity in your daily routine. These changes can include: taking the stairs instead of the elevator; parking a little further away from the office; walking at lunch; taking an evening stroll with family and friends; and making time for cardiovascular exercise.
Lifestyle change also requires us to take an honest look at our eating habits. When and how much do we eat? Do you know how many calories you need a day to maintain your weight (BMR)? Once you gain a better understanding of what you eat versus what you need, you can gradually change your eating habits to increase the good foods and reduce the bad ones. These changes will have a very positive cumulative effect as months and years go by. For example, if you cut back on doughnuts from 5 per week to 1 per week…you could lose over 30 pounds in a year!! Lifestyle changes are those that we adopt for the long-haul…not just a diet or fad…but a permanent and positive change.
So what do we need to do to succeed in adopting these lifestyle changes? We need to start a fitness plan! You can find all of the free tools that you need to draft and refine a personalized fitness plan on the fitness resources and fitness plan pages. If you take the time and effort to go through this process, you’ll have taken a huge step to getting to where you want to be. Here’s a synopsis of the things that you’ll do:
Adopting a lifestyle change is not as difficult as you think. The hardest part is convincing yourself that you are worth the commitment and hard work. Pretty soon the gradual changes that you make will seem commonplace as they become part of your daily routine. Remember the tale of the tortoise and the hare? The winner got to the finish line through slow and steady progress…not blazing speed. Be patient with yourself and stay committed to the cause!