Week three is starting in the new year, 2015, and i’m wondering how your Healthy New Choices are going so far. My posts have been about making better choices for ourselves instead of resolutions. Resolutions can be broken, but if you’re consciously making better choices, you’ll keep making them. We’ve discussed substituting some bad foods for better ones, choosing to dress appropriately and in our size to maximize how we look and now how to choose to increase exercise incrementally.
If you haven’t exercised regularly the past year (or ever) don’t fear. I’m not an advocate of the plethora of ‘exercise gurus’ that scream at you from a cd with perfectly fit bodies and others that have blank faces bouncing behind them in rhythm. There is an old saying that I believe: if it took you years to get out of shape, it will take you years to get in shape. Some people are able to get fit faster, I believe genetics have a large part to play, as well as what you choose to put in your body.
Also realizing that medications have serious and everlasting side effects that include weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure that are actively fighting against you, even when you eat right and exercise. Don’t lose hope, keep eating right and exercising! I’ve discussed before in articles, blog posts, social network comments: small changes equal big rewards!
Walking is the best and easiest exercise anyone can do! If you can’t walk, start with simple exercises you can do at home, in your chair. Even raising your legs and feet off the floor while watching tv is better than nothing. Get some canned low-salt tomatoes (those of you following the Simple Healthy Fresh cooking) and do bicep curls, overhead lifts and so on while sitting on the couch.
Your body will thank you.