Who has the time to add another chore to their to do list? I just know YOU are raising your hand, right? Yes, I’m talking to you. When it comes to your diet, it’s important that you keep a journal of what’s going into your body. Many financial experts insist that fiscally responsible individuals keep a record of his or her expenses. In a week’s time, this individual is able to take a look at their expenses and see exactly how they spent their money. Most often, they can then determine without making an emotional decision, how necessary that purchase really was. This method can help one realize the error of their financial ways. Since this is such a successful way to take control of your finances, why would your health and wellness be any different?
Many people believe weight gain and loss of fitness are a given part of the aging process. We’re here to tell you that’s not so. So what’s the first thing on your to-do list? Ditch the mindset that it’s “too late” for you to change your lifestyle, your health, and your well-being. Next? Get going! Here are some simple tips to get you started:
Many people disregard the benefits of walking, but recent studies show that regular walks can help reduce blood pressure, keep your cholesterol level in check, burn calories (even in small amounts) and helps you maintain an ideal weight. A brisk walk will have you burning upwards of 100 calories per mile. Most can cover a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, and it can be done anywhere, so no excuses. Everyone can find 15 to 20 minutes somewhere in their day. Find it twice, and you’ve done away with 200 calories! Small steps add up quickly. Start by timing one mile. Each time you walk that route, try to go a little bit further in the same amount of time…the faster the walk, the more calories you burn, the more you are improving your cardiovascular health. Challenge yourself and you’ll find some fun, some stress relief, and a ton of health benefits that can help you get and stay fit at any age.
Wasn’t that just a refreshing thought? Now let’s get back to reality. Most people live with chronic joint or back pain. Much of that pain is being caused by added weight. More weight puts pressure on your joints as well as your back.
I know you’ve heard it all before. Experts tell you all the time how important water is for your body. The girl in the cubical next to you at work is religious about sipping her 8 glasses of water each day. But do you really know how important good old-fashioned H2O is for your body? The human body is made up of about 70% water. In order to maintain metabolic balance, keeping the body hydrated with water is necessary.
There are way too many excuses to not get in shape. There’s no time, the kids have extracurricular activities, you have a headache…geesh, the list can go on and on. You can develop a host of excuses that can easily keep you away from getting in shape but the excess weight will still be there. In addition, as you age, the weight becomes harder and harder to lose. Not to mention the health issues that will creep up on you as time goes by.