It can be very difficult for an overweight person to get started in a new exercise program. Years of a sedentary lifestyle are difficult to overcome. But not impossible.
I have put together a few keys to helping you get started in the right direction, as well as tips to make it a little easier to follow through. Of course, the ultimate end result will be based upon your own character and will to succeed.
1) First, you must set reasonable goals.
Weight-loss tricks and ” Drop Thirty Pounds In Thirty Days ” plans are rarely sustainable. They may allow you to lose weight quickly. But they may also come with consequences dangerous to your health. It is better to find a long-term plan that focuses on losing weight in a gradual and healthy manner.
Which brings us to our second key.
2) Take your health seriously
Losing weight isn’t just about how you look. Most of us understand that there are countless health risks associated with obesity. You don’t need me to tell you what those are. I’m here to let you know there are ways to fix the problem. That you are not without hope.
3) Don’t make a plan, make a lifestyle change
Understanding your goals, and the seriousness of not achieving them, leads you to the knowledge that you don’t need a quick fix. You need a lifestyle change. If you’ve tried the quick fix style before, you know what happened afterwards. Typically, you would have gained whatever you lost back, and maybe more.
The truth of the matter is, taking charge of your health is a key part of taking charge of your life. In order to make a change in your life, you have to change the way you live.
Think about where you were twelve months ago. Do you look and feel better now than you did then? If not, it’s probably because you didn’t make the lifestyle change necessary to improve.
So, if we’ve established there are changes that need to be made, let’s discuss some changes that are easily incorporated into your new lifestyle.
If you are one of the folks who will drive around the parking lot for ten minutes to find the closest parking space, adjust your thinking. Start looking for ” Heart Healthy ” parking spots, a little further away. It will probably save you time, as you can probably walk into the store quicker than you would have driven around looking for the perfect spot.
Walking is a whole lot easier than we like to think. And it can be a very effective weight loss tool. I remember reading years ago that walking an extra 30 minutes a day may mean a difference of 20 pounds after twelve months. That’s a big deal for just walking a few extra minutes.
B- Find a hobby
Working out doesn’t have to be so much like work. The easiest way for me to stay in shape is find active ways to have fun. Find something you enjoy doing and you won’t even know you’re exercising. I use competitive sports like basketball and softball. If you are starting from an extremely overweight point, you may want to start with something a little less intense. Maybe bowling, golf, or something similar.
If you are one who says, ” I just don’t like sports or outdoor activities, ” it’s time to change your likes! It’s like teaching a child to eat veggies. If he grew up eating them from an early age, he’s usually conditioned to enjoy them later on.
It may take a little creativity and a little discipline to find and pursue a new activity. But it’s totally worth it. Just get moving and it will progressively become easier and more fun. Who knows, you may go from bowling, to golf, to basketball as your body sheds weight and you have more energy.
C- Get a little more nutritional knowledge
Let’s begin with a few basics to give you something to build on.
Drink a lot of water.
Eat a few more raw fruits and veggies.
Skip a couple of snacks.
Very often, folks who are overweight don’t realize how much they’re eating.
If you are one of those people, consider why this may be the case. Are you eating to fill time, because you’re bored? Are you a stress eater? Do you have a ” sweet tooth? “
There are a lot of little contributors to the snacking patterns that have become so common. Try dealing with the causes rather than just the symptoms. Maybe you can find a better way to fill the time, a healthier way to relieve stress, or a sweet tooth solution that is lower in calories and simple sugars.
These solutions do exist. It just all comes back to understanding the importance of making a change.
Paint this picture again. Are you looking better and feeling better than you did twelve months ago? If not, what needs to change to make a difference for the next twelve months?
Make that change!