Today’s guest-post is written by a friend of mine Jess Robinson who is as passionate about health and fitness as I am. It’s got some great advice about how to get started. For most of us who are overweight or have friends or family or a partner who is struggling, it’s getting (us or them) started that’s the hardest part. There is always next week, Monday, next month, next term, next year. Our minds can come up with a million reasons why not to start today, but once you have made the commitment and taken some action it doesn’t take long to reap the rewards. When we eat well and exercise, life is so much more enjoyable than when we eat badly and live a sedentary lifestyle. Focus on getting healthy, and your waist line will reward you. Here are some great tips on how to do just that! I hope you enjoy this great post!
How To Start Living A Healthier Life Today
By Jess Robinson (Lazy Girl Fit)
Whether you’ve got 7kg or 70kg to get rid of, there’s no doubt that losing weight is a daunting task. No wonder it’s so often pushed to the back of your consciousness – a problem for Future You to deal with. But what happens when there’s no more procrastinating, what happens when Future You becomes just You?
The fact is, being overweight is a contributing factor to many chronic illnesses. It can also make it harder to keep up with your kids and more difficult to conceive in the first place, not to mention being downright uncomfortable. I’m sure this is nothing you haven’t heard before, but I say it anyway because I want you to realise that it doesn’t have to be this way – you can stop being overweight, you can feel good about yourself and you can foster healthy habits.
In my opinion, the best way to ensure you get the results you want is to stop focusing on weight loss and start focusing on health gain. Here are a few tips for getting started.
1. Set yourself small, weekly goals.
‘This week I will take five 20-minute walks’; ‘I will eat green, leafy vegetable with dinner each night’; ‘I will workout three times this week’. Make these smaller goals achievable and tick them off the list once they’re done.
2. Set yourself big goals.
In my opinion, these goals shouldn’t be weight related. Think ‘I will be able to run 3km/5km/10km by this particular date’; ‘I will be able to do 5/15/30 toe push ups by this date’; ‘I will finish a fun run by this date’. It doesn’t really matter what the goal is, as long as it’s tangible, and it stretches you outside your comfort zone (but not so far you go running for the hills!)
3. Keep a food diary.
I know – it’s scary. But sometimes you need scary to help you move forward. I would suggest two weeks of diarising all food and drink you consume.
4. Don’t go on a diet; make a lifestyle change.
Spending hours on a treadmill each day and starving yourself for eight weeks will help you lose weight, but it’s not good for your body and chances are you’ll pile the weight back on as soon as you start eating like a normal person (which inevitably you will do).
5. Enlist the help of a professional or two.
Nutritionists, personal trainers, psychologists, doctors – there are plenty of qualified people out there who would relish the idea of helping you. You just need to ask.
6. Drink more water.
Kickstart your metabolism first thing in the morning with a glass of warm water and a squeeze of lemon juice. A glass of water before each meal can also help you to feel satiated.
7. Get the whole family involved.
If you’re trying to make positive changes in your life, it makes sense that your family should be involved. Not only will they benefit from the lifestyle changes you make, it also gives you a live-in support network to discuss any achievements and issues with.
8. Small lapses should not equal large punishments.
Nobody is perfect all the time, and punishing yourself for having ‘bad’ food by binging on more food is not the answer.
The human body is pretty amazing, and being fit, strong and healthy is the best way to show your appreciation for it. To help you kickstart your journey to better health I’ve put together a simple, no-equipment circuit that you can do in the comfort of your own home. I hope you try it out!
At-Home Circuit for Beginners
[30 seconds per exercise]
- Jogging on spot
- Push ups – your choice of wall, incline, knee or regular push ups
- Static lunge – left leg
[Repeat 3-4 times; rest 15-45 seconds between exercises)
About The Author:
Jess Robinson is a certified personal trainer, outdoor fitness instructor, writer and sub-editor, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She created Lazy Girl Fitness in the hopes of building a positive online community where everyone – from the fitness-crazed to the fitness-phobic – can come together for workout ideas, conversation and empowerment. She also needed somewhere to post pictures of her dog.