I was listening to a commercial on the radio this morning about instant, painless and permanent fat loss. I was struck by the fact that their sales pitch was probably pretty successful which broke my heart. It seems that nothing is worth working towards any more which is so sad to me. Pretty soon we'll have the ability to swing by a fast food restaurant and get liposuction at the drive thru. What people fail to realize is that unless the behavior changes that caused the fat to accumulate in the first place the fat will come back. It's a scientific fact. It is by changing our habits that we will be able to get rid of that unwanted fat forever. When we become like the Tortoise and make changes over time and stay the course that we will win the race. The hare will bounce out in front but will ultimately lose in the end.
I know that it is hard to make changes - we feel like we're giving up our right to have fun or be comforted by old friends. However it is by changing the old behaviors that we will literally be set free from the prisons our bodies have become. Try focusing on moving more and increasing activity - this is the best way that I've found to fit fitness into a persons life. If a person has to create time in their hectic life to get to the gym for a work out 2-3 times a week that can seem unachievable AND unrealistic. However by focusing on getting your heart rate up for 10 minutes three times a day 2-3 days a week that may seems down right doable! As I always say it's the small changes over time that will yield huge benefits.
Another example is what we chose to eat. If you love cookies and eat a pack a week and I told you that you could never have another cookie again as long as you lived it would be almost impossible but if I asked if you could eat 1 or 2 less cookies a day you could be successful. It is by making small gradual changes that we will be the most successful. Anyone can do anything for a finite amount of time but in the end a person can only go to an extreme for a limited amount of time.
Two great things that you can do to get started is by making a decision to reduce the amount of those foods that you know are unhealthy for you and get your heart rate up for an extra 10 minutes every single day. In fact I give you permission to go for broke and get in 3 sessions of getting your heart rate up 10 minutes!
I know that within a few short weeks you will begin to notice a difference in how you look and feel and the best part is that you won't have to create extra time to go to the gym OR go on any special diet to get the benfits. I would love to hear about your successes and the small changes that you make that others might benefit from.
Here's to You in Health!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of FUN at Wuhoo Fitness