Friday, January 1, 2010

Know That Slow Is The Way To Go

Happy New Year! I'm sure you are just bursting to the seams with resolutions: You're going to lose 40 lbs! Eat better! Exercise more! And you are going to do all of it full force, all at the same time. Yeah, well, good luck with that. I'd love to see you succeed, I really truly would, but making that many broad changes at once is not going to be sustainable.

So, let the foolish ones spout on about their fabulous (and detailed) new exercise programs, watch them shop to get new clothes, new shoes, new food gadgets (that will just gather dust after 2 months), while you smirk, and quietly think to yourself, "Go Fast and It Won't Last"

You need to do something 16-20 times in order to make it a habit. So just focus on these five things, until they become a habit, then add five more.

5 things you can do right now to improve your health:

"Beginners"

1. Eat sitting down, and focus on the smell and taste of everything.

2. Add an extra serving of fruit or vegetables to every meal.

3. Sit up straight when you find yourself slouching.

4. Take 15 minutes every day to decompress. (This could mean lying down in a dark room, thumbing through a magazine, kicking a soccer ball, etc. Do what works best for you.)

5. Know that you are the most important person in your world, and act accordingly.


5 things you can do right now to improve your health:

"Advanced"

1. Up the intensity of your workout by adding more time, more incline, or more weights.

2. Change up your meals: add new vegetables, try new spices and foods.

3. Encourage friends to get together to exercise, rather than just eat.

4. Try new brain boosting activities (Play games, learn a new sport, read a book you wouldn't normally read, learn a new language.)

5. Know that you are the most important person in your world, and act accordingly.

Happy 2010!
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