It has been about 4 months since we welcomed in the year 2012, so that means it’s been about 4 months since a large number of people decided that for their New Year’s Resolution they wanted to resolve to lose weight, start working out, eat better or something else health/fitness related. This time is also when of lot of those same individuals come to the realization that they are going to have to make the same resolution this coming New Years too.
There is nothing wrong with making a resolution to improve your health and fitness, but the problem is most people subject themselves to is that they hit the ground running when they should crawl first. Fitness is a marathon not a sprint. People too often make the mistake of starting out with fitness habits that they can’t possibly maintain and that could also lead to injury. Everyone has a fitness level and not everyone’s fitness level is Shaun T‘s from the start.
People want to get the results as fast as possible, so they hit exercising as hard as they can and often get into unhealthy eating habits. They start off so fast and so hard, that they eventually burn themselves out. Then they backslide into all the things they were doing before that led to the resolution.
A commitment to fitness should be a gradual progression. Rome was not built in a day and neither is a six pack (unless you get it in the
beverage section). An example of this is the Couch to 5K program. Here is a quote from the Couch to 5K website, “The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months.” This goes the same for weight training and pretty much anything else you do fitness wise. Take your time and let your body progress and the results will eventually come and without that pesky thing called injury.
Crash dieting is another common mistake. People do fad diets, restrict their calorie intake to dangerously low levels or just plain barely eat at all. This is recipe for disaster. Beyond the fact they you are putting your health at risk, these eating habits can’t be maintained indefinitely. It is almost guaranteed to lead to putting what weight you might have lost back on once you give up the eating habits. The healthy approach is a change in the way you eat. Be cognizant of what you are putting in your body.
As Hippyfitmom (she has a GREAT blog by the way) always says, go for whole foods instead of processed. Make sure you are getting your proteins to help with muscle building, which will facilitate fat burning. Substitute water for the empty calories that are in soft drinks and other drinks that can sabotage your weight loss goals. Eating smaller meals throughout the day is better than eating 3 large meals. Also remember to watch your calories and to make the calories you do intake each day count by making sure they are good for your body. And last but not least, remember for weight loss, your daily calories should be less then the calories you burn. Here are some good foods for weight loss:
Remember fitness is a marathon not a sprint. Make sure you are setting yourself up for the long haul and not to fizzle out.