ALL YEAR LONG
Important to think about activity, healthy eating 365 day of the year
Important to think about activity, healthy eating 365 days of the year
Sad to say, but summer is about halfway over.
Have you been working on your winter body? I mean to say, have you been eating, drinking and not exercising enough? Have you let your summer body go a little bit. Maybe a lot.
We shouldn’t have to talk in terms of summer or winter bodies. There should just be your body. If you have been adding a little fluff to yourself, it is never too late to turn it around.
If you find yourself constantly struggling between adding body fat in the summer and losing it in the winter, you aren’t alone. If you are the type of person that gains body fat all the time, then you definitely aren’t alone. Don’t panic, I am here to offer some advice. The bad thing about advice is that it only works if you put it in action.
A lot of people look at health and fitness wrong. Most people who aren’t active think that if they can’t commit to working out for an hour of their day, there is no point. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You just need to move more.
It doesn’t matter if you do an hour or you break it up into five to 10 minutes at a time.
Don’t know what to do? The answer is anything. If you are really new to fitness, just start by standing up and sitting down (squats) as many times as you can in a short period of time. Take the stairs up and down for five minutes. Go for a walk. Don’t use not knowing what to do as an excuse. Move more, complain less. It works.
Take the advice from me know instead of your doctor telling you have some lifestyle disease like type 2 diabetes. As you get fitter, then you can make the exercises more challenging.
My second bit of advice would be to then change one behavior — just one. Don’t over commit. So many people try to do too many things at once and they end up giving up on all of them. Pick one thing and focus whatever will power you have at it. If just moving is your one thing, do it.
Some other examples may be focusing on eating healthier. You could also have your motivating music playlist made ahead of time. Try getting your workout clothes laid out the night before you have to get up early to exercise. You could have a healthy pre- or postworkout snack already prepared. You could try getting more sleep. You could even do something as simple as drinking more water. The goal is to focus on one thing at a time until it becomes a habit. Then you can start on the next one.
Healthy eating isn’t always so easy when you are so used to eating unhealthy food. People get addicted to sugar and junk food. In a perfect world, people would severely limit their intake of junk food. Soda pop alone is terrible for you. If soda pop can take rust off of metal, it probably shouldn’t be inside your body.
If you find that you are really struggling to kick the junk food habit, try adding more food to your diet. Yes, I said more food. Not just any food though. The food has to be healthy. If you can’t resist that greasy burger or finger lickin’ bad chicken, eat it. If you are going to eat it anyway, you may as well add some nutrients into your life, too. Add a small salad. Add some fruit. Add some real food.
Your body actually wants real food. It doesn’t want something made in a factory from God knows what, shipped from who knows where and stacked on a shelf forever. Hopefully you can retrain your taste buds to crave the good stuff. Eventually, the goal is to eat more good stuff and push out the bad stuff.
Lastly, becoming a healthier version of you is a journey. That sounds, but it is true. Just look back at your last 10 years. What “quick” fixes have you stuck to? What diets can you say were successful long term? What fitness program got you amazing lasting results? I’ll bet this hits home for a lot of people reading this. Start slow. Take the time to learn to enjoy the process.
This isn’t about getting summer ready. This is about how you choose to live the rest of your life. You can be someone that has life in your years or you can be the person that can’t bend down to tie your shoe laces. It all comes down to decisions. I have seen people who weren’t ever supposed to walk again now able to do back flips. I have seen people with lifestyle diseases completely reverse them. How bad do you want it? It’s not easy, but you also aren’t alone. Ask for help and start your journey.
Ryan Cairns is a certified personal trainer from Charlottetown. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia. You can read his column monthly in the Guardian. You can reach Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on instagram @tattooed_pt.