To Your Health
October, 2010 (Vol. 04, Issue 10)
3 Ways to Stick With It
By Editorial Staff
Slow & Steady
When it comes to health, you have to be in it for the long haul. Health is a lifetime pursuit, which is the challenge and the opportunity. Whether you're committing to a better diet, a consistent exercise program, etc., recognize that lasting changes start slow and stay the course. Jump in without proper planning or pacing, and you'll find yourself jumping right back out again.
Your body and your mind both need a rest if you're going to stick with a diet and exercise program for more than few weeks or months. If it's diet, designate a "cheat" day once a week and indulge (don't overload) on one or two of your favorite less-than-healthy foods. With exercise, avoid working out on consecutive days, and take a whole week off every 6-8 weeks and rejuvenate.
Goal in Sight
Without a goal, you can't achieve it, and to achieve lifelong health and wellness, you need short-, medium- and long-term goals. It could be losing 5 pounds this month or 25 pounds this year, improving your cholesterol or body-fat percentage by next year's physical (and the one after that), fitting into a smaller size, running a longer distance; you name it. Set it and then work to achieve it.