You Want This To Be a “Lifestyle Change”?May 14, 2020
Eat veggies, drink water, workout.
So what happens when you can’t get to the gym?
Or you chose margaritas over more water on Tuesday?
Typically 👉 feel guilty, indulge further, “what the hell” effect ensues, give up…
“I can never stick to it”
“I always do this…”
“I’m just not the type of person for this stuff.”
Here’s the problem: you’re focusing on the wrong things.
We’re led to believe that #HEALTHANDFITNESS is all about exercise and eating.
OF COURSE these things are V important.
Your exercise and eating behaviors can quite literally determine the length of your life.
But when it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle (p.s. that means, like, things you do every day) it’s so much more than laying out the perfect workout plan and shopping the perimeters of the grocery store.
🔺 FIRST AND FOREMOST:
Do you ACTUALLY believe you can change your lifestyle?
How do you define healthy? Consistency? Success?
Why do you value healthy behaviors? (spoiler alert: “to fit into my bridesmaid dress” ain’t gonna cut it)
Are you aware of what triggers your current habits and behaviors?
How often do you take the time to be fully present in your life?
🔺 AND THEN:
I hate to break it to you, but that 1hr workout makes the smallest impact on your daily caloric burn.
TBH if that 1hr of exercise is the only time you’re not sitting & lounging… that’s not a healthy lifestyle, that’s a break from your unhealthy lifestyle.
Movement throughout your day…. walking, playing, dancing, gardening is MASSIVELY important for both your physical and mental health.
Health bonus points for time spent outdoors ☀️
Hone in on nutrition (higher protein, lots of greens, healthy fats, occasional treats, etc) and formal exercise (strength training with supplementary cardio ftw)
Alllllll 🔺 of these aspects are crucial (and there’s even more to it)
But, I’d encourage you to first consider the base & build up from there.
Once you have a strong foundation, the rest will not only be more enjoyable, but easier to stick with.
👆👆 THAT is how to create a healthy lifestyle.