It’s 2019 and there are just about as many health trends and miracle diets out there as there are days in the year. You’ve probably seen the meme that goes something like:
Eat lots of protein and avoid carbs. But be sure to carbo load and don’t starve yourself...except when you are intermittently fasting. Don’t drink too much water, and also stay hydrated. Eat five small meals a day. Also, eat two large meals a day and don’t snack….
You get the picture.
It’s impossible to follow all the health advice out there and stay sane. Most of it is contradictory and besides that, human beings don’t usually fall into a “one answer is right for everyone” mold when it comes to health.
Know Thyself: Listen to What Your Body Is Telling You
The first step to setting and achieving health goals is to keep your own counsel.
By all means, listen to your friend’s advice or try out the latest and greatest diet you read about. But keep in mind that what is good for others might not work for you, and that’s ok. The key is to keep experimenting until you find something that works for you.
And don’t give up until you find it.
You’ll know it when you do. Suddenly you start losing weight more rapidly. Or you’ll find that you are actually looking forward to a certain workout instead of dragging yourself through it (or at least experiencing less dread than with all the others.)
Listen to what your body is telling you. Mother Nature doesn’t often screw up. We just don’t usually slow down enough to hear what she has to say.
Moderation in All Things: Setting Yourself Up to Win
Enthusiasm is all well and good. It should be encouraged and supported. But it is a rookie mistake to set a sky-high, overly-ambitious goal in the first rush of health-goal bliss.
You know what I’m talking about:
“I’m going to run two miles every other night and do a 30-minute core workout on the other nights!”
Okay, Ms/Mr hasn’t-exercised-in-months/years, you are going to go from 0 to 60 just like that, huh?
If you can, more power to you! But for the rest of us, try setting a goal like this:
“I’m going to go out for a run twice this week and do at least one core workout.”
You may not be beach-body ready in a week, but you will be two runs and one core workout closer to that goal than you were a week ago, and you’ll be much more likely to stick with your plan. You can always increase the size of the goal as you get stronger and establish a new routine.
And don’t forget: failure to follow through on a goal (like succumbing to that ice cream craving after you swore off sugar) is not the end of the world. It’s a minor setback. Never use something like that as an excuse to just give up entirely. Acknowledge the minor misstep and try again tomorrow. Good health is a marathon, not a sprint.
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