How to Go From Couch Potato to Friend of Fitness in 30 Days
Have you made the decision to get off the couch, but just aren’t sure where or how to start? Sometimes the overwhelming number of options can almost cause paralysis and intimidation at the very least. The true experts recommend making the change slowly. There are no rapid fixes in life. Anything that is done in the extreme can only be maintained for a short period of time. If you have the goal of beginning a new lifestyle change, don’t plan on rushing it. Follow these proven recommendations to regain control of your physical and mental health.
- Instead of focusing on the enormous goal of losing fifty+ pounds, break that down into weekly goal and focus on one week at a time. Consider setting a goal of losing 4 pounds your first week. Don’t start off denying yourself all your favorite foods and TVs shows, that’s setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. Consider reducing sugar intake and committing to 30 minutes of movement a day. It can be anything you enjoy. Grab a friend, canine or otherwise, and take a brisk walk in the evening for thirty minutes. Have fun in a zumba class or try a bike ride. Do whatever you enjoy or have always wanted to try. The goal is to get in the habit of moving every day.
- Rethink your consumption – but not in a drastic way. Try to eliminate, or at least reduce, consumption of regular and diet sodas – these are waist busters and time bombs. Ice water with a slice of lemon is always refreshing. Second, find healthy snacks for that evening couch time. Prepare these in advance and have ready to grab. Butter free popcorn, frozen yogurt and something as simple as pickles are great go-to items as long as they’re consumed in moderation. Everyone over the age of 15 knows about the food pyramid and what foods are healthy. Portions tend to be the biggest obstacle for many. Try to avoid seconds and don’t bring the serving bowls to the table. By all means, avoid the drive through!
Celebrate your small success and enjoy the changes you’re making in your new lifestyle. Good luck on your journey.