YIKES, I’ve truly fallen off of the wagon and have GAINED again, have basically stopped working out- except for walking Clem around the block twice a day, and am getting a bit stressed. This is NOT Champagne Living! How can I enjoy life if I’m not taking care of myself?
I spoke with Dr. Hardeman, author of “Appears Younger than Stated Age,” a pragmatic guide to looking younger about what I can do to get going again. I explained that I have such a difficult time BEGINNING again.
“Our bodies want to be healthy, and it’s just a matter of getting and staying motivated.”
Don’t fall into the “I don’t have time” trap.
Time is arguably the most precious commodity any individual has – and that means life span. Don’t have time to chop veggies before dinner or work out after work? Then make time! You will almost certainly live longer by following a healthier lifestyle. Need more incentive than a vague sense of health? How about avoiding the lifestyle restrictions imposed by diabetes, or the medical interventions necessitated by a heart attack?
Keep in mind the intake/output principle. Miracle diets don’t exist.
While some people can burn calories more easily than others, it ultimately comes down to what you put into your body and what you do with that energy. If you want to lose or maintain weight, think of a 360-calorie muffin as a loan you have to pay back with 35 to 40 minutes worth of jogging, or a 55-minute walk.
Keep doing fun things!
Remember what it was like to be a little kid? Back then, simply running around during a game of tag was a blast! It’s never too late to turn exercise into play. Try snowboarding, dancing at a club, hiking a beautiful landscape or taking a bicycle ride with the family.
Find the motivator that works for you.
Many people find a partner helps them stay motivated to exercise. If you’re not inclined to walk in the morning, but you don’t want to let down your walking partner, then you’re more likely to walk anyway. Same goes for a dog that needs to be walked. However, the most dependable person to keep you motivated is you. If your routine is getting a dull, mix it up with an mp3 player. Whether it’s Metallica, Manilow or Mozart, you can program a personal adrenalin soundtrack to keep yourself fully amped.
OK, who wants to be my workout buddy and kick me in the derriere to get going? Anyone?