I hear so many people make complaints about how they look and feel physically. I’ll hear people say, “I wish I looked like that,” “I’m just so tired all the time,” or “my job just takes it out of me.” Well here’s the thing – if it’s that important to you, then let’s make the change.
For the record, you don’t need to adhere to America’s standard of beauty. You are enough. To be clear, what we’re really talking about here is your physical well-being and how you feel.
It’s really easy to to point to outside factors as the culprit of your physical unhappiness. Making a change to feel good about yourself – however that takes shape – starts with you.
What can you change? Where do you start? Here are a few tips that are easy to apply to your life… starting today!
1) Water. Water changes everything. You don’t need that soda to make it through the day, and don’t trick your body into thinking you do. Unrefined sugar doesn’t do anything for your nutrition. You may have a couple tough days adjusting, but you’ll find that water will help your physical state at work.
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2) Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to eat it. You’re a strong person, so practice a little self-restraint when you walk by that bowl of chocolates. Plan out your meals for the day, and if that snickers isn’t part of the plan, don’t pick it up.
3) Are you really hungry, or are you just bored? Yes, there is a difference. If you’re at a desk, reach for the water bottle instead. Even better – if you can, go for a walk around your building instead of walking to that refrigerator.
4) Calories in vs. calories out. You can mess with any fab diet you want, but at the end of the day, burning more calories than you take in will make you lose weight. Gain a general awareness of how many calories are in the foods you eat and how many calories are burned during various activities. If you can do that simple math, then you are in full control.
If you’re interested in finding an app to help you keep track of your food and calorie intake, simply search “calorie tracker”. My Fitness Pal is a popular one: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
5) 20 minutes is enough. You don’t need to get a personal trainer or max yourself out on a two hour run to burn calories. If 20 minutes is all you have, then 20 minutes is enough. Just because you only have 20 minutes shouldn’t keep you from getting that little workout in. Some exercise is better than no exercise.
The little things matter. If your physical well-being is a focus for you, start with some baby steps and take action. There is no time better than today!