by Greg Landry
Did you know that restaurants sell more salads on Mondays than on any other day of the week? Did you know that more people go to fitness centers on Mondays than on any other day of the week? Do you know why?
You guessed it, they’re “starting over” after a weekend (or perhaps week) of unrestrained eating and no exercise. Most will stay on track for a few days and then maybe eat something (or a bag of something)that in their mind “blows it.” That’s their liscense to quit exercising and once again go back to eating with no restraint.
I’d like to tell you about the key to being healthy and losing weight while avoiding this yo-yo cycle of all or none;
First of all, you have to come to the realization that your eating habits will never be perfect. You goal should be to develop lifelong eating habits that are “healthy” 90% of the time and not to feel like you’ve failed when they aren’t.
Now here’s what’s most important; use daily exercise as your stabilizer. Daily exercise, even if it’s just fifteen minutes some days, is a very effective tool for keeping you in what I call “a healthy frame of mind.”
I’ve seen this work wonders in the people I’ve worked with. It makes it much easier to develop consistent helathy eating habits and to aviod the yo-yo cycle of all or none.
You see, although daily exercise is loaded with physical health and weight loss benefits, it also affects you mentally. It makes you feel good about the healthy lifestyle you’re pursuing and it makes you want more of it.
If daily exercise can help couch potato Becky, it can help you…
“Greg, I took your advice and started doing a little exercise every day. It was actually only three minutes three times per day when I first started. It helped me to start feeling healthy and my eating habits started getting better. Even when my eating wasn’t that great, my daily exercise was my rock. I lost over half my body weight and ran my first marathon last month. Thanks!!!” Becky in Birmingham
Folks, that’s what it’s all about. Your body was made to be active on a daily basis – when you are, it puts you in a healthy frame of mind that affects every aspect of your life, in addition to burning lots of calories and supercharging your metabolism.
By Greg Landry, M.S., Exercise Physiologist www.greglandryfitness.com
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