Often times, we get so caught up in all the things we should be doing to get healthier. Weight weight/fat loss is our goal, preparing to run a big race, or just wanting to look and feel better, getting caught in the “overwhelm” is keeps up from taking those first steps.
Yes, there are thousands of programs, classes, meal plans, diets, online resources, etc., all claiming to be the quick fix solution, and NO, there is no such thing.
The fact of the matter is, it takes commitment and dedication over time to achieve any sustainable goals.
But that’s what often stops people in their track, how long it will take and how challenging it will be.
But what if it really wasn’t that difficult?
What if you could simply make some small changes as soon as TODAY to get you heading on a better path to your goals?
Well folks, it really can be!
Small daily habits add up for long term success. Yes, you will need to continue to get out of your comfort zone to reach those big goals. But you can start taking action right now and be that much closer than you were yesterday.
So stop overwhelming yourself with all the things you feel like you should be doing, and simply start here…
DRINK MORE WATERI cannot stress the importance of hydration enough! It’s amazing how many people end their day in dehydration and experience the effects with lethargy, mood swings, headaches, etc.
Ideally, you should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water a day. (So if you weight 150lbs, that equates to 75oz of water). Staying hydrated helps with the GI tract (ahem, bloat), brain functioning (focus and mood), muscle performance, energy, skin, and so much more!
START TRACKING YOUR FOODThe first things I ALWAYS have any athletes do when we begin nutritional counseling is start tracking their food. We do so with the MyFitnessPal app, but there are other tools available.
Tracking your food simply brings awareness to what you are putting in your body. Being aware of how much (or how little) you are eating, and the nutritional content, is what helps you move forward in making healthier eating habits.
MOVE MOREVery few of my athletes come to me sedentary, but several of them are simply not moving enough outside of they’re scheduled exercise. Sitting in a car, at a desk and then at your kid’s activities for hours each day can take a toll on your bodily functions (heart, GI, lungs, etc.) but also orthopedic issues, leading to muscular imbalances and joint dysfunction (most common, low back pain).
Simply make it a point to get up out of your chair ever 30-60 min and move around. You can head down to refill your water (see what I did there), walk up and down the halls or stairs, or simply do some small movements right there at your desk like squats, leg swings and toe touches to get the blood flowing, your heart rate slightly elevate and you off your booty for a few moments several times a day.
So you see, it doesn’t have to be that complicated to get started. If you’re not ready to dive in head first to a new training regimen, simply commit so a few small changes each week and you’ll be amazed as to the effect they can have on your over all health and well being.
And if you are ready to take the plunge on your health and fitness goals sooner than later, let me help! Set up your FREE coaching discovery call to learn more about Strength2Run coaching services today,