Did you make some New Year’s resolutions? How are those going? If your good intentions have slipped away, don’t let it get you down. It’s not too late to get healthy this year.
You don’t need someone to tell you to eat better and exercise. We all know that! It’s “next level” thinking and creative ideas that will get you where you need to go. Let’s look at getting healthier from a different angle in order to find success for the months ahead.
Start with Your Mental Health
Nearly everyone who is looking to improve their health focuses exclusively on losing weight. But in many instances, they are beginning in the wrong place. Some people make bad health choices simply out of ignorance, while others (and this is likely the majority) do so because of unaddressed mental health issues.
On one end of the spectrum you may have deep-seeded eating disorders, and on the other it may simply be too much stress. While the remedies may vary in difficulty, all mental health issues can have a direct impact on your physical well-being, and thus need to be addressed. If you prioritize mental health first, the obstacles to weight loss may not be so great.
Are you stressed? Consider a meditation regimen to settle your mind. Do you know, or suspect, that you have deeper unresolved mental health issues? Depending on the severity, some level of mental therapy can right your ship before you set sail for towards a healthier you.
Set an Easy First Goal
In order to create a lasting lifestyle change, you need to feel a sense of accomplishment. It’s a great way to build self-confidence. Instead of thinking about long-term goals at first, set your eyes on a fairly easy prize to obtain. For instance, commit yourself to walking for 30 minutes every day for two weeks. Heck, you can even start with one week.
Once you achieve that goal, reward yourself with something that doesn’t have to do with food. A simple challenge followed by a little self-praise is a great ice breaker in your efforts, and can help set the tone moving forward.
Next, follow it up with a slightly greater challenge. Maybe a longer stretch of walking, or an additional 10 minutes for each walk and/or committing to 5 days a week for the next month. When you reach that slightly more challenging goal, reward yourself. And, so on.
Discover a Fun Active Hobby
Nobody wants to do a chore, but that’s the way exercise feels to most non-fitness fanatics. If you can find something you love doing, well, getting fit just got a lot easier! Take up cycling. Consider kayaking. Whatever helps you use your muscles and burn calories that gets you excited is a good thing!
There’s a good chance that you’re not going to love everything you will need to do to get more active. That’s why if it’s at all possible, find a friend who will commit to exercising with you. It’s easy to make excuses to yourself… it’s not so easy with someone who is also depending on you to come through for them and stick to your exercise routine.
This year is going to be your best year ever. You just need to think outside the box, instead of repeating the same old things that have failed you in the past. If you’re interested in weight loss surgery, contact us for more information.