“Wisely and Slow; They Stumble That Run Fast” -William Shakspeare

Beginning an exercise and diet regimen can be daunting. With the proper motivation and ways to execute these tasks, they don’t have to be.

For me, the motivation was easy. When I was through blaming the clothes dryer, for shrinking all of my pants, and after I caught my own reflection, in the mirror, shoving a chocolate Easter bunny down my throat, is when I decided something needed to be done. I released the bunny and jumped, on the scale. Yep, I had gained almost ten pounds.

Vanity aside, the way the weight gain occurred, is what the problem was. Over indulging in unhealthy, fatty food, and participating in, absolutely, no physical activity were the culprits I let infiltrate my body. I had two choices: Continue living as I was, remain unhealthy and continue gaining weight. Or eat healthier, workout and pay my body the respect it was due. I chose the latter.
When it comes to changing your diet, I advise doing it slowly. Start integrating healthier choices. For example, for those fellow omnivores, rather than ordering a cheeseburger with fries, get a turkey burger, with a salad, or side of steamed vegetables. You’ll still be eating, but you’ll be eating better. Before you know it, you’ll be eating far more roughage and less high calorie, high sodium, fatty foods. You’ll notice that you begin to read nutrition facts and opt for the healthier choice.

My advice to those who would like to begin a workout regimen is the same philosophy; slowly. If you’re lucky enough to have hiking trails, tracks, or a safe neighborhood to go for a walk in, use them. First off, locations like that are free. You won’t be subjected to a monthly fee, deducted, from your checking account, that accompanies a gym membership. Secondly, you’ll be able to increase your workouts, in a sane fashion. Those who attack exercise, typically burn out after a week to a month. If you, gradually, increase your workouts (ie distance, speed and level of exertion), you’ll be more inclined to keep it up, and look forward to physical activity. Lastly, activities, such as hiking or walking, allow you to bring a friend or relationship partner. There is safety in numbers, but more importantly, you’ll be able to talk. You’ll be able to share your downs, and triumphs, while getting your workout in.

Exercising the mind is, also, important. The effects a proper diet and exercise have, on the mind, are incredible. The new found, higher confidence level due to your new, better tuned body just makes you feel good. Anything that makes you sad or angry is made easier to cope with, when that negative energy is released. If you’re having a good day, healthier living just makes that good day better. In a nutshell, you’ll look great and you’ll feel fantastic.

When it comes to working out, a few things must always be observed. First, eat a small meal, about one hour before you work out. This allows your body to digest and keeps you from fainting. Make sure to drink water. You never want to dehydrate the body. Exercise is meant to strain the body, but know your limits. You do not want to over exhaust yourself or cause physical injury. It is, also, a good idea to shower, right after a workout, to prevent face and body acne.

This is just how I began. Now, I workout two to four times a week, prepare my own meals (typically made of organic, low sodium, low fat, and high nutritional values), and hydrate. I hope you find success, too! Be Well.


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