The biggest problem with exercise and starting on a fitness or health regimen is that it takes commitment. While you may be committed to establishing a healthy life-style by eating healthier or beginning an exercise program, there always seems to be something that gets in the way, and you just don’t make it happen.
Something always comes up. The party that you went to last weekend de-rails the better food options. It doesn’t have to, but it does. The walk you were going to go on at the park was sidelined because it snowed. Your aunt called, and needed a ride to the grocery store, as you were lacing up your sneakers. Life got in the way.
Sadly, in today’s economy, sometimes making healthier food options can come down to the wallet. Eating a healthier diet is more expensive in the short term, but, the overall health benefits has the potential of cutting down on medical expenses.
Shopping at a local fruit stand in the summer months and watching for sales at your local grocer can help you find healthier eating options. Planning your meals and pre-cooking them is also a great help. For instance, you can get a pound of Brussel sprouts, a sweet potato or two, a couple of carrots, and roast them all at the same time. That way you have a nice variety of vegetables that are already prepared and ready to toss into a salad, have with your evening meal, or even add to an egg for breakfast.
Exercise is another place where we can make excuses, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A one mile walk takes less than a half-hour, yet helps to control your blood pressure, builds strength, and boosts your moods.
While it’s easy to come up with reasons to allow ‘life’ to get in the way of good health, it is equally as easy, but takes effort to build a healthy lifestyle to good health.