Many people don't know where to start or what to do when starting a healthy lifestyle. People have been raised their whole life eating foods that have a longer shelf life than ever before. Exercising is not in their vocabulary. The only type of movement in their lives consisted of walking to the kitchen to get more food and plop back down in front of the television.
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I'm going to let you know what helped me start my journey and what I've learned NOT to do.
Rule # 1: This is the rule that matters most. If you don't listen to anything I say at least listen to this rule. Don't start eating healthier and exercising ONLY because you want to fit into your size 2 jeans again. If you only start exercising and eating better solely for appearance reasons, the process will become a horrible, difficult journey for you. It won't be fun at all when it should be.
This is a very exciting time in your life. You'll be transforming your body outside and more importantly inside. Your mentality will change in so many ways. You'll become more optimistic and energized. Every aspect of your life is going to change for the better. Your confidence will be soaring and everyone around you will notice and want to know what you're doing. And by people asking you just that, you'll be able to hopefully spark a change in someone else's life. Possibly even SAVE their life.
Rule # 2: Everything In Moderation. You don't have to eliminate all the bad food in your diet. You can still eat that piece of cheesecake or burger every now and then. I try to be creative and make high fat, processed foods into low calorie/fat, fresh, healthy meals. Instead of eating cheesy spinach dip at a restaurant, I swap out the cheese in the dip for Greek yogurt. In my opinion, the Greek yogurt taste even better.
Reward yourself every now and then. You will start getting used to all the nutritious food that you won't want to go back to unhealthy junk all the time.
Rule # 3: Clean out your kitchen. It's almost spring, perfect timing to get some spring cleaning done! Use this as an excuse to get all that clutter out. Your pantry will most likely have the most processed foods in it. These foods have the longest shelf life, meaning different things have been added to the food to make it last as long as possible. This makes the food very unnatural and not safe as well.
Throw away any food that shouldn't even be classified as a real food! If there aren't unhealthy foods in your house, it will lessen your chances of overeating and be eating the ‘wrong stuff'.
Rule # 4: If you've never exercised before, start off slow. Don't start out with an advanced workout for someone who has been working out on a daily basis for years. It will not only put a strain on your body, but you'll be discouraged because you couldn't finish a workout without stopping repetitively.
YouTube has many workout videos for beginners. By just typing ‘Beginners Workout' on Google, you'll find many workouts to choose from. It's very easy to find a workout where you need absolutely no equipment. These can be done anywhere! I also recently found some workouts involving an office chair. You probably already have workout equipment in your house that you didn't even know about. You're already saving money.
Rule # 5: Be happy. This lifestyle is going to last a lifetime. It doesn't matter if you're starting this at 18 years old or 60 years old. You want it to last the rest of your life. You're done with the yo-yo dieting and fad diets.
Have fun, experience new things. Do things you thought your body wasn't capable of. Start a new physical activity that you never had the courage to start. Don't ever say it's too late to start a new life.
What words of advice would you give others if they were pursuing a healthy lifestyle?
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