We all know that diet and exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Yet few of us are able to incorporate them into our busy schedules. How do we do this? Here is a simple program that will help you.
#1 Use your mind
The process starts with the right mind set. That means adopting healthy mind habits. The key is that nothing gets done unless you make it a habit to do something. Stop watching TV and get up and do something. Wash the car. Cook a meal. Clean the house. Do the washing. In other words change your sedentary habits. This will burn calories and shut down your lazy mind channel. Shut down your computer, tablet or smartphone for a while. You can easily get in the habit of checking your emails, text messages and tweets constantly. Make a conscious decision to spend more time in face-to-face contact. You will be able to express your “feelings” more fully. Computers and tech gadgets are fine but they lack the feeling of satisfaction that you get from personal contacts. The written word is fixed and does not convey what you are truly feeling.
You must make a conscious decision to exercise daily, even if only a short walk. Join an exercise class. This is an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. You get out and get moving on a fixed schedule. You are able to meet new friends who have the same goals. You can share ideas, socialize, and all at the same time while you are doing your exercises. Exercise will keep your bones healthy, your muscles toned and your body movements flexible. For people over 35, it is recommended to have a consultation with your doctor every 6 months. Even, if you cannot visit your doctor in person, you should atleast have an online doctor consultation to make sure you are on track.
Here again you need to get tough with your eating habits. It’s all too easy to stop and get that extra coffee and muffin each morning, or that sweet to top off a meal. Pick and choose what you eat carefully. Eat all the major food groups, protein, fats and carbs but in moderation. Try to figure out how many calories you need to maintain you ideal weight, then set your mind to follow this regimen.
You can start this program today taking a few baby steps. Pick one or more of these ideas and stick to it. Repetition will eventually make it a habit. Over the next few months you will begin to “feel” the change in you body and mind.
Natasha Dogre is a health consultant with Icliniq, bringing affordable healthcare solutions to the rural population in India, and would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.