It is imperative that we set realistic goals. With this being said, be true to yourself, as well as your capabilities. It is not about feeling weak if your incapable of more strenuous things, instead it is about challenging yourself and finding things that will work for you.
1. Don’t commit yourself to activities that you will be unable to fulfill. The world we live in may not allow you to go to the gym 7 days a week for three hours at a time (unless you’re training to become an Olympian). A more realistic approach is in fact a three day a week promise. Starting off slow and building up not only builds endurance, it also will push you to want to excel and beat previous trips. Studies show that even a minimum of 30 minutes a day can improve the cardiovascular system. This means strengthening your heart and lungs!
2. The word “diet” is such an ugly and scary word. instantly, your mind travels to all of the things you cannot have. But healthy eating is not about self deprivation. In fact, if you were to become more conscientious about the foods you consume, you wouldn’t be able to get to your local market fast enough. Canned and processed foods fill your body with so many unnecessary sodium and fats. Reading labels is a must! Know how many calories you should consume a day, then subtract 700. If you’re able to stay within these guidelines, you can lose 1-3lbs per week easily. This coupled with minimal exercise will ensure you achieve a slow but healthy weight loss and health regime.
So as of now, we’ve covered both physical and dietary tips. However, I save the best for last. Mental health. During the winter months many people suffer from bouts of seclusion and depression. Not to mention the added stress of the holiday season. Even the best of us fall susceptible, but it does not have to be a funk to remain in. True enough it’s probably less than stellar weather during those winter months. But if you can, do take the opportunity to breathe in some of the crisp winter air. Keep your mind occupied with a book by your favorite author, or curl up with the latest tabloid magazine. Call up a friend and make arrangements to spend some healthy one on one or even group fun. It’s easier to get sucked into a winter funk, but its only hard to get out of if you allow yourself to sink deeper into it.