The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - News -

hile most of us know what we need to do to eat well and stay healthy, it is of­ten eas­ier said than done.

The way we view our health and fit­ness on a daily ba­sis has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on whether or not weight con­trol and a healthy life­style is rou­tine or a spo­radic health kick for a few weeks each year.

Fad di­ets, weight-loss chal­lenges and boot camps may all have some short-term ben­e­fits for the mind and the body, but un­til health and fit­ness is viewed as a way of life as op­posed to a short-term com­mit­ment, you are likely to find your­self back where you started, sign­ing up for yet an­other health and fit­ness craze be­fore you re­alise it.

Once you pri­ori­tise looking af­ter your body for good, daily de­ci­sions that im­pact on your health are a whole lot eas­ier to make.

In­stead of pur­chas­ing fresh pro­duce to sup­port your new diet plan, you are set­ting aside time each week to pur­chase the foods your body needs to be at its best. You are not de­priv­ing your­self of your favourite foods, but you no longer have a de­sire to eat them as you have eaten well dur­ing the day and are not crav­ing treats and sweet re­wards.

Such mo­ti­va­tion and fo­cus de­vel­ops grad­u­ally once you ad­mit you are not feel­ing 100 per cent on a daily ba­sis, and know that you would feel and look much bet­ter if you looked af­ter your body a lit­tle more, fu­elling it with good-qual­ity food, mov­ing it reg­u­larly and keep­ing your in­take of high-fat, highly pro­cessed foods to a min­i­mum.

To make changes to your own health and fit­ness mind­set, start by ob­serv­ing your healthre­lated be­hav­iour. Take a look at

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