Its not easy to live a healthy life. For a few lucky ones, it comes naturally. But for many, especially those who are already overweight, it’s really difficult. But don’t fret, it’s not impossible! Here are a few tips to get you started.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
This is probably one of the hardest, yet most important steps. If you are negative, hard on yourself and beat yourself up for any perceived failure, then it’s a lot harder to meet your goals. If you see your slip ups as character failures, then you are less likely to pick yourself back up.
It’s not about finally “getting sick of how you look.” It’s not about your waist line, your clothing size, or how you look in the mirror. What you need to be focusing is on the benefits that you will have in the long term: it’s about loving yourself and wanting to be your healthiest and best you, no matter what that looks like.
You Need To Embrace a New Lifestyle
Being healthy is not a fad and not just a thing that you do to lose a few pounds. Instead you need to adapt a new way of life. Your lifestyle is something that may come gradually and it’s something that you need to see yourself doing for the rest of your life.
You’re not just going to wake up and go on a juice fast and start lifting weights and doing crazy yoga moves all of the sudden. It’s not sustainable! You need to begin training and make small changes at a time, so that you are adopting a new way of life.
Start Off Doing What You Enjoy
You may have the right mind set, but that’s only half the battle. You can’t go at it trying to do things that you absolutely hate. There’s no point in going outside and forcing yourself to run if you hate running! You may go once or twice, or maybe even for a couple of weeks, but you will soon quit.
Instead, try activities that you enjoy. You enjoy being outside? Start going for walks around your neighborhood, beach, riverfront or any other interesting place. Enjoy some competition? Start playing a sport you enjoy like paddle ball, tennis, basketball or volleyball. Or if you enjoy dancing, try taking a dancersize class. If you prefer to swim you can do that. Even if you start off doing such an activity only once a week, that’s ok!
You want to do activities that are rewarding to you physically, mentally and emotionally.
Don’t Focus on Results
When you are starting off, you shouldn’t focus on how many calories you are burning, what you are eating, how much weight you are losing or how much fat or even inches you are cutting. You shouldn’t focus on results, but instead, you should focus on building habits and creating a routine. You should focus on enjoying being active and finding activities that are fun and make you feel good. You should focus on becoming healthier and on learning a new skill.
You don’t even have to focus on working out for an hour a day for the rest of your life. Simply aim to be active more than before. Start off slow and begin a journey that you can enjoy.
Don’t Focus on What You Can’t Do
If you know what you want to do, it’s ok to pursue it. However, remember that you should start off slow and focus on improving the skills you can do slowly. Don’t think about all the things that you can’t do yet. Just work on improving your skills a little at a time. You are not competing with anyone else! You are simply trying to get a little better each day.
Exercising can be difficult when you first start off, especially if you are overweight. Going slowly, improving yourself a little at a time, and focusing on being healthy and happy is the best way to get ahead!