If you read the title, you might be thinking, “Yeah right,” followed by a whole list of reasons why this doesn’t or won’t happen. Take a second, tell your first instincts and your brain to “shut up” for a minute and read the rest of this article, then make your conclusion.
STEP 1: What does healthier mean to you?
This is the first question you need to ask yourself. Don’t get caught up in the billion dollar health & wellness industries’ ideas of what health is. You will overload your mind, you will go cross eyed and most like say, “Forget this,” and go back to your regular habits. If you look at the picture posted at the top of this blog, you will see just a small fraction of Health and Wellness books at one of the local book stores. The actual section was videoed and came out to a 10 second video at a moderate pace.
STEP 2: Make a plan?
You have to write some ideas on paper and get a plan together. MAKE IT SIMPLE!!! People do not fail because they are not motivated; they failure because they fail to plan or make their plan too complicated. People also process ideas and concepts most effectively in blocks of 3. Start with a 3 step approach that is easy. Work on step 1 only at first or make 3 really easy steps to follow and stay with those until they are a habit.
STEP 3: Be Prepared There Will Be Challenges.
There will be a transition and it will be challenging at first. For example, if you are a soda or diet soda person and know you need to cut that out of your lifestyle; there is going to be a transition period where you will have headaches and feel lousy for a few days to a week. It will pass. Some things there are no way around them.
STEP 4: Make Things Super Convenient!
Why do you think people grab chips or cookies for snacks? It is super convenient. They sell them everywhere, you can buy small servings for one person, no refrigeration is necessary and the list could go on. The problem is these types of snacks are full of simple sugars and poor carbohydrates that spike your blood sugar levels making you more and more hungry as the day progresses and provide almost ZERO nutritional benefit.
Put a bowl of fruit on your counter or breakfast table where your entire family can grab and go. Don’t put it in the fruit drawer tucked in the refrigerator to be lost and forgotten. The next time someone wants a snack, tell them to grab a piece of fruit. Most likely it will quickly become a habit because the fruits are convenient and accessible.
Follow these basic steps to get started and then look for other ways to continue your path to a healthier life. Also remember you cannot out work nutrition. Exercise is important, but it is not a substitute for making better food choices. Good luck, you can do it and keep things simple and convenient!
If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, an Optavia Health Coach and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama.