Want to get back on track but you just don’t know how to start?
Starting is the HARDEST part!
First you have to pick a day. Pick a day that you want to start living and eating healthier.
On this day start first thing in the morning when you wake up.
The best thing to do is to start fresh at the beginning of the week (like Sunday or Monday).
Here are some day-by-day things you can do to help you get on track:
Today try to drink at least 1.5 liters or water. Try to substitute your favorite afternoon sugar drink with a glass of water. Or have your favorite drink BUT also have the extra glass of water. The key is to start incorporating more water into your diet
Make a healthy snack choice. Instead of having chips with your sandwich at lunch try some veggies or a piece of fruit. You want to start making healthier food choices for your meals and snacks
Go for a brisk walk. You want to walk at a pace that is faster than a casual walk and you want to keep up that faster pace for about 30 minutes. You want to get your heart rate up but you also do not want to push yourself too hard starting out.
Regulate your meal choices. You want to try to eat several small meals throughout the day. You want your first meal to be within two hours of you first waking up. Once you have breakfast try to have more small meals (around 400 calories each) every 2-3 hours. This will help kick-start your metabolism and allow you to fuel your body as you are going through the day.
Create your own stretching routine. This routine should be done before AND after you workout. It does not have to be a long drawn out routine, just something that will stretch your major muscle groups and allow you to stretch your muscles.
Try to drink 2 liters of water! If it helps try to get a large water bottle or container that you can monitor how much you are consuming to help you keep track.
Go through your cabinet and collect all of your unhealthy foods. If you still have some food that is unopened donate it to a local food pantry or other type of food service. You will not be as tempted to eat bad foods if you do not buy them or have them at home.
Go for another brisk walk. This time make sure to stretch BEFORE and AFTER your walk. Do not forget to keep up the fast brisk pace for at least 30 minutes. You want to keep your heart rate up to help you start to burn those extra calories.
Go one full day without eating anything “unhealthy”. This means cutting out carbonated beverages, candy bars, greasy foods, chips, or anything else that you know is unhealthy. If you even have a doubt if it is unhealthy or not, do not eat it! Stick to simple things like chicken, fish, beef, turkey, veggies, fruit, whole wheat pasta or bread, etc. This will allow you to dedicate one full day to fueling your body with healthy low processed foods.
Today try to do more physical activities. These following exercises do them for a minute and record how many you can do. A month from now do them all again and see how many more you were able to do in that minute. That should help show you how much you are progressing! Try these exercises: jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, lunges, air squats, and mountain climbers (if you do not know what these exercises are you can type them into Google or YouTube and see how to do them!)
Today try to combine several of the things listed above. Try drinking the 2 liters or water and eating healthy for a full day. Or try the brisk walk and drinking 2 liters of water. Whatever you choose, try to do at least two of the items listed above.
Start a health and fitness journal! Write down what you have been doing and how you feel. You can write down how much you weigh now and also keep track of the exercises you have been doing. There are some great online fitness journals (like myfitnesspal.com) or you can buy a regular journal to write in. Writing down what you do will help you to keep track of what you are doing and will hopefully hold you accountable for the healthy choices that you should/want to make each day.
Today you should drink 2 liters of water, walk briskly for thirty minutes (and do not forget to stretch!!), and lastly you should also have a regulated day of eating every few hours.
By this day you should have already started some healthy habits! Today will be the toughest day! Today you should make sure to drink 2 liters of water, eat healthy ALL day, have regulated eating (every 2-3 hours), go for a brisk walk (with your stretching), and keep track of all of this in your fitness journal.
This is just a sample of some things that you can do to get you stated on living healthier. Most people ask me “where do I start” or “what are some good things to start doing”. These are all some great things that allow you to make your own wise choices. The key is to not completely jump into things head first. You want to gradually start to make positive habits so the will become a good habit and you will stick with them. Try this for fourteen days and then see how ready you are to start living healthier!