Excerpt from Charlie Pulsipher
Who doesn’t want to be healthier or fitter? Part of being human is looking for ways to improve ourselves and our lives. There’s plenty of good that come from striving to be more, to be better, to make goals, but these goals need direction, guidance, and maybe even a plan or they will fall apart and fade away. Here are some ideas to get you started on your plan today.
Change Your Attitude ~ Love your body as it is. Embrace the uniqueness of it. Don’t compare it to other people. Be positive about the way you look and then decide to make yourself just a bit better. Negativity is the enemy of change.
Eat Regularly ~ Schedule out your meals with modest portions. Some experts will advise you to eat more often throughout the day, but as long as you stick to a schedule, you will feel better and eat less whether you’re eating 3 or 6 meals a day.
Add Fruits & Vegetables ~ You need carbs, just not as much as you probably get from processed foods. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the better you will feel as your body and brain get the carbohydrates they need without all the refined sugars. Try to vegetables to every meal.
Take The Stairs ~ Anytime you’re presented with a choice between an elevator or escalator and stairs, take the stairs. The more active you are, the more calories you burn.
Park Farther Away ~ Being more active will keep your blood flowing, your heart stronger, and your brain well oxygenated. Park as far away as you can everywhere you go. It adds up.
Drink Plenty of Water ~ Water is what nature gave us to keep us hydrated, quench thirst, and keep everything functioning well. Water also staves off hunger throughout the day and sends you on more trips to the bathroom, so you stay even more active.
Walk More ~ Walk to work if you can. Bike if it’s too far. Get off the bus a stop or two early. Take a walk after dinner to help you digest and unwind from the day. It doesn’t have to be a marathon. Even a few blocks is a good start and will do you worlds of good. Walking is great, but any goal is better with documentation and planning. A pedometer will track all the steps you take throughout the day. Track a regular workday and then build from there. Try to double the steps you take within a week or two and keep it up from there. You can get apps on your phone that do a decent job of tracking your steps too.
Breathe ~ Breathing is an important part of metabolism and it helps move lymphatic fluid through your body. Take time during your day to consciously breathe deeply and oxygenate your cells. This will fuel your metabolism while also reducing stress, removing toxins, and improving your immune system.
Eat at Home ~ Eating out, especially fast, is where you get a lot of the refined sugars and processed foods you should avoid. Eat in as often as possible. Prepare light lunches to take with you to work. It requires a little more planning, but it’s well worth it in regards to the health benefits.
Stand up Straight ~ Standing up straight is a good habit that many of us neglect, but it makes a big difference in how we feel and how we’re perceived by others. Stand up tall and your spine, muscles, and digestive system align properly so you look better, digest food correctly, and feel more confident.
Get Enough Sleep ~ Sleep is when we repair all the damage sustained during the day and recharge. Failing to get adequate sleep leaves us ill-prepared for another day of cellular damage, foreign invaders, toxins, and metabolic functions. Get your eight hours or more each night and take a nap midday, if you need one. A 20-minute nap can help you be more productive, awake, and active the rest of the day.
Eat Organic & Local ~ Less pesticides and pollutants means less toxins, less fat, and less cellular damage. Your body likes to package many toxins away in fat cells where they can’t do any damage, but that means extra fat stores you don’t want or need. It also makes it far harder to lose weight. Hit up farmers markets and local farms or co-ops for fresh, local, and organic foods near you.
Build Muscle ~ Muscle burns fats and boosts metabolism. Start small and work your way toward what you want to look like. Even a few pushups and jumping jacks each day will start building muscle if you haven’t done much before now. You will start seeing a difference in how you look and feel pretty fast. Losing weight without exercise doesn’t usually last either, so the more you can do, the better.
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