submitted by Coach Michael St John, Action Karate Jamison, www.fitnessclassesnow.com
The key to maintaining good health is to start creating healthy habits. It only takes 21 days, that’s three weeks, to create a new habit.
It’s important to take control of your own habits. The first step to getting rid of bad habits and creating good ones is to identify them.
A great way to do this is to keep a food journal for a few days or weeks. You might start to notice that the afternoon hunger seems to strike around 3:00 every day when you reach for that bag of chips in your desk, or that you eat takeout two or three times every weekend when you don’t feel like cooking.
Now that you have identified the habits you want to change, it’s easier to create new ones.
Replace the chips with some almonds or fruit. Limit yourself to the number of times you order out and make meals ahead of time that can be easily reheated or eaten cold.
Go through the same process with your exercise habits. Sure, you have a gym membership, but how many times a week do you actually use it? What time do you go?
You might notice that you are more likely to workout if you do it first thing in the morning versus waiting to do it after work when you find it harder to motivate yourself. Make a habit of going the same time each day on the same days of every week.
Stay away from fad diets and quick fixes. You might see results faster with these methods, but they won’t last long.
Whatever changes you make you should be prepared to stick to for life. You aren’t “going on a diet” or “getting in shape;” you’re making a lifestyle change. You are choosing to make healthier choices that will benefit you and your family.