Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What It Takes

After my post on Monday, I feel compelled to talk a little bit about what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle.

As I breifly mentioned...

-It's not about 6 pack abs.
-It's not about being a size 2.
-It's not about starving yourself.
-It's not about working out 3 hours a day.

Being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle has everything to do with the opposite of the things I just mentioned above.

Eating well: lean proteins, fruits, and veggies, some nuts and grains.

Staying Active: exercising 3 times a week (strength training and interval training work great) and being active 2 or 3 other days during the week.

Perspective: having a realistic perspective on what you're trying to achieve, if you're trying to lose weight, it's going to take some time, it didn't take a month to put the extra pounds on so it's going to take longer than a month to take it off.

Consistency: If you 'Yo-Yo' diet as they put it, you'll rarely be successful. If you hit the gym hard for 3 weeks and then take 4 weeks off, you're not going to see results. Start off by implementing a few things and add changes ever two weeks. Cold turkey commitments are hard to stick to.

It's a Lifestyle: This is the most important thing to remember. Don't look at your nutrition as a diet, look at it as Nutrition, fuel your body with nutrients that are good for it. Look at exercise as an activity, not a chore. Change your mindset and your lifestyle will improve.

My final thought: A healthy lifestlye becomes a way of life, you learn about self discovery and what makes you tick. Your mental game is also much greater. You owe it to yourself to treat yourself right.

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