Enjoying the lovely summer with lots of ice cream and barbeques and not so much training and veggies? Or maybe you have had a couple of years with no focus on YOU, because the kids, house, cleaning, job and so on take all your time? No worries! This happens to all of us occasionally. And that is perfectly okay! It’s called living…
It is much more important to look at your health and your lifestyle over the long term. And remember, it is never to late to get back on track.
But what is a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about going to the gym and sticking to a diet all the time. Actually, if you ask me, that isn’t healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that is healthy for YOU! It’s about caring for your body and soul, and taking good decisions for the long haul – so that you can live an active and long life.
Get some regular exercise, but choose something that excites you and makes you laugh. It doesn’t matter if you go to a gym; or train in your garden; or basement. Just get started. And make healthier choices when it comes to your diet. If you eat healthy food most of the time, of course you can indulge in some not so healthy food sometimes as well.
And remember: persistence is key!
6 simple ways to get back on track
- Go for a 30-minute evening walk after dinner every night. It will help your digestion and speed up your metabolism, and the fresh air will make you sleep better afterwards. And remember to bring along your spouse and kids also. They will benefit from it as well…
- Choose a form of exercise that you like. It’s quite simple actually! If you don’t like running, then don’t run. Try swimming instead, or cycling, dancing, walking or whatever you think is fun. Exercise should make you feel good WHEN you do it and not only afterwards.
- Set yourself some goals, but let them be realistic and invigorating. Instead of stressing about losing 5 pounds, try focusing on learning the right technique, improving your movements, trying new exercises, or experimenting with new foods. And make lots of short-term goals, that will help you reach your main goal. This way you will enjoy a lot of small victories on your way to your destination, which will help keep you motivated.
- Ask yourself WHY you want a healthier lifestyle. Then write it down on a piece of paper, and look at it anytime you need a little extra encouragement.
- Involve your family and friends. Tell them that you want a healthier lifestyle – and why. And let them be part of your journey.
- Get a training buddy. If you have somebody waiting for you at the gym (or wherever), it is more difficult to stay on the couch…
Did you know
That a combination of cardio and strength training is the optimum blend if you want to improve your health? Cardio training, such as running, walking, cycling, dancing or swimming improves your cardiovascular system, and strength training improves your muscles, bones and joints.
The SMART way to set goals? They need to be:
Specific - target a specific area for improvement.
Measurable - quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
Assignable - specify who will do it.
Realistic - state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
Time-related - specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
An example of a SMART goal could be: “This week I will run 10 km in total with an average speed of 9 km/h.”
That 30 minutes of exercise every day is enough to significantly improve your overall health?
That music improves your performance? Listening to music while exercising is said to be able to improve your work out performance by up to 15%.