Health and Fitness – It’s Not About the Fork

You come across it everywhere. It pops up, streams across your inbox, and bellows out of your TV set in bite size nuggets. Everyone has an answer. But when it comes to your health and fitness, what’s the “right” answer?Where do you find the recipe for a healthy, fit, and fulfilling life?Is the answer the latest craze peddled on those annoying infomercial spots? Not likely. Is the answer a yet undiscovered pumpkin seed diet or miracle weight-loss pill? You know it’s not.Health experts, and most importantly, those that have successfully turned their lives around tell us the answer. And yes, we already know what works. Exercise and eating sensibly is the answer, but it’s not the entire answer.You sense something is missing and your intuition is right. The road to success is a process lined with donut shaped minefields and seemingly unsurpassable barriers. It’s a road you don’t want to travel alone. Those that are succeeding tell us to:
Share the dream. Tell everyone you know your goal. If people in your life don’t support you, you need to seek out those that will. This can be your biggest challenge. Attend functions, seminars, and outings that attract healthy people. For example, you’ll find healthy people walking in the park early in the morning, at the gym, or heading out for a walk during lunch. The key is to start looking today and you’ll find them sooner than you think.
When you go out for lunch or dinner, go with a colleague or friend that is aware of your goals. You’re more likely to order a sensible meal when someone encourages you. Also, choose to go out with healthy people or someone with a similar goal.
Go grocery shopping with a friend when possible. Plan your shopping after a walk or run that includes someone willing to go grocery shopping on the way home. You’re more likely to buy healthy food when someone is with you. Also, don’t go grocery-shopping hungry. Keep a healthy snack in your car or stop on the way for a sensible meal. While shopping, notice the shopping carts of fit people; they almost always contain different items than the unhealthy shoppers. It’s a simple observation. If you’re shopping alone, assume you have a fitness coach waiting at home to help you unpack. Would you buy the same items?
Hire a qualified fitness trainer or coach. It’s far less expensive than most people think and definitely less expensive than hospital visits and medical bills. Hiring someone to help you is a sign of strength, a commitment to do the right thing. Martin Luther King said it best, “The time is always right to do right.” Start looking for qualified professionals right away, just looking will keep you motivated.
Purchase an outfit that is too small, but one you can wear after reaching a milestone goal, but not your long-term goal. Think of it as a small reward along the journey. Plus you’re going to need a few new outfits soon. Keep the outfit in a place where you see it often – visual reminders are powerful motivators.
Yes, drink lots of water and eat four or five small meals per day whenever possible. Always eat breakfast or something before 10 a.m. Studies suggest it helps burn more calories and you’re less likely to eat before going to bed. Simple but effective.
Remember, the art of living a fit and healthy life is a process and not an event. It’s a life long journey that requires a behavior change. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see significant results within the first 30-days. It takes time to change your shopping habits, schedule exercise with others, hire the fitness professional, and inform your friends of your goals.And again, focus on your habits, not the results – you’ll easily achieve the results once you change your habits. A healthy lifestyle requires a little patience; losing a pound per week is over 50 pounds per year. As long as you stay on the right path you have plenty of time. You are on the road to a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Tips for Using Affirmations to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

Why do we start and stop a diet or exercise plan? Even worse why do we never start at all? The secrets to this very common question is likely contained below. So join me as we explore why we do what we do regarding health and fitness goals and what we can do to better achieve results.Best selling author Anthony Robbins states it this way, “Everything you and I do, we either do out of our need to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure.” So why is it that we never get around to achieving health and fitness? Well for most of us the answer appears simple, the sacrifice is not worth it. I know this sounds harsh but that is the way reality is sometimes. My health or your health is not worth it.We make conscious or unconscious choices everyday. Maybe a rude awakening is in order for all of us? How many times a day, a week, a month or a year do we allow our hunger pains to dictate our food choices? Are we seeking nourishment or immediate satisfaction of our taste buds?Could you imagine how much easier achieving health and fitness would be if we could just go to the doctor and have our taste buds surgically removed? OK maybe an extreme example but you get my point.Our approach to our health and wellness goals therefore must begin with more than a wish list. It must begin with an active decision to choose a healthy lifestyle. This is the most important thing anyone can do to achieve any meaningful and lasting results.Once the decision is made the rest will take care of itself. Meaning if the “want to” is strong enough, the “how to” will follow. This principle applies in all aspects of life and is certainly applicable to health and fitness. Positive affirmations are simply reminders to get started, to stay the course and to not allow the word quit to be in the equation or the vocabulary.Understand that pain, fear, time, money, injury, age, physical limitation, children, work, etc. are all excuses. They are limitations all right, limitations we have decided to accept due to the people, circumstances and events that have made you and I who we are today for better or worse. So if we are to change who we are today we must make a decision to do whatever it takes to achieve the health we not only desire but that we deserve.You have chosen to complete this article, congratulations. Feel free to click the blue link below for more on health and wellness strategies. I encourage you to continue learning, planning and most importantly putting into action your health related goals with affirmations to stay focused daily…your fitness, health and overall wellness depend on it. Best Wishes.