Living a healthier lifestyle is a process. It’s both challenging and time consuming. In a world where time seems to be a limited resource, we are all trying to find ways to simplify and make things more convenient. If only the solution were as easy as downloading an app, pressing a button, or drinking some juice.
We said “if only.” It’s not.
Living a healthier lifestyle is something you create for yourself. It’s an intentional process that must fit into your work/life balance. It requires your time, patience, and commitment. While it’s not always an easy process, it is a process where the rewards will always outweigh the work.
Remember, this is about your overall health and wellness. So, with the new year quickly approaching, we want to share with you a few tips to help you simplify your process of making time for your health & fitness.
Consider your overall health & fitness. If you are new to exercise, begin slowly. Start where you are. Remember, everything about creating a healthier lifestyle is a process. We understand you want to feel better & lose weight like yesterday. Again, it’s a process. It will take time. By staying committed to your lifestyle goals, you will not only look better, you will FEEL better.
Consider your lifestyle & schedule. We all lead very busy lives. None of us have time. It’s about making time. Everyone is not able to carve out 45-60 minutes for a continuous workout. However, you are able to carve out 5 minutes throughout the day to get in some sort of activity. Whether you are taking advantage of breaks at work or commercial breaks during your favorite tv program, look for those little opportunities where you can maximize your effort in a small amount of time. Remember, a steady drop fills a bucket.
Manage your calories. It is important to manage your daily caloric intake. Often times, when we discuss managing calories, it is assumed we are only referencing cutting calories. While cutting calories, in general, is key to losing weight, better managing your nutrition is essential to creating a healthier lifestyle & the sustainability of that weight loss. Don’t make the mistake of just zapping calories from your diet. Make sure as you decease your calories, you increase the quality of your intake. It’s creating a balance of both the quantity and quality of your daily intake.
Consistency is key. It’s not magic. It is simply a matter of staying committed to your goals, consistent in your efforts, and in control of your choices.
As always, thank you for time, love & support. We hope what we have shared has helped you. Feel free to share your thoughts with us. Be sure to leave us a comment & share this info with family & friends.
-Eric & Maleka Beal
Eric and Maleka Beal are health coaches and co-founders of BetterChoices, a health & wellness company and social community focused on educating, advocating, and promoting better health and wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness education.