Anyone can live a healthier life by making a few simple choices
By Scott Burr, for utahvalley360.com
One general rule to keep in mind when using these tips is to start now. Procrastination is the single biggest killer of success. Make a decision, feel good about your commitment to a better way of living and take the appropriate steps to build a strong belief system. By starting now, when your motivation is high and commitment is strong, you will have the power to build a deep internal belief of the value of fitness and health.
With that in mind, here are nine easy things anyone can do to live a healthier life.
1. EIGHT GLASSES A DAY KEEPS THE FAT AWAY
Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst to losing weight and keeping it off. Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true “magic potion” for permanent weight loss.
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies show that a decrease in water intake can cause fat deposits to increase, while increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits.
2. PARTNER UP
Find a training partner or a workout coach who can help you hone in on your weak areas and push you to deliver perfect workouts every time. But keep in mind that just like a good training partner or workout coach can make a positive difference, an inappropriate one can destroy all you’ve invested. Choose a partner who can make you better and who believes in your quest; this choice can make all the difference.
3. BE CONSISTENT
Success can occur within your transformation when you realize that each day builds upon previous days.
Like building blocks, you obviously can’t be successful putting the fifth block up to create a higher tower if the first four haven’t been successfully placed. Your fifth day of successful and consistent training, eating, journal writing and so forth will be much more rewarding, body changing and life enhancing because your previous days will make the real difference, not just the fifth day.
Keep in mind that every day is a new day and focus on making that day the victory day. Living day by day makes it easier to be victorious, consistent and ultimately successful.
4. TAKE A QUALITY MULTIVITAMIN/MINERAL SUPPLEMENT
Regardless of your exercise goals, a good supplement is essential for meeting nutritional requirements. A multivitamin should give you a balanced amount of essential and nonessential vitamins and minerals, including plenty of antioxidants.
Most multivitamins come in tablets, capsules or gel caps. Whole food base vitamins in liquid or powder form are assimilated better into the body than tablets and are ultimately more effective. Don’t skimp on the price either. A good multivitamin supplement can cost more, but in this case you get what you pay for.
5. WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL
Writing down your goals and visualizing them is not a new idea, yet it has made the difference in the lives of countless successful people. The people who feed the dream long enough until it becomes a part of reality are the people who ultimately make it. Write down what you did today that brought you closer to your goals. Describe the positive feeling associated with it.
6. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
Eating a good breakfast will give your metabolism a good kick start.
7. SUCCESS DOESN’T REQUIRE ABSTINENCE FROM JUNK FOOD
Set aside a reward time during the week to enjoy some of the junk food you enjoy. It’s important to enjoy only some of them. Everything in moderation.
8. PLAN YOUR NUTRITION AHEAD OF TIME
This is a vital part of success. Plan meals up to a week in advance and prepare your meals before each day starts. Take your food with you in portable, microwave-safe containers so it is easy to store and reheat if necessary. Cook large portions and store leftovers to save time on meal preparation.
9. MAKE AND RECORD SHORT-TERM GOALS
No matter what goals you have for yourself, this thought from Michael Jordan’s book, “I Can’t Accept Not Trying” summarizes the importance of goals: “I always set short-term goals. As I look back, each one of those steps of success led me to the next one. Each time I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become, I guess I approached it with the end in mind. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there. As I reached those goals, they built on one another. I gained a little confidence every time I came through. All those steps are like pieces of a puzzle. They all come together to form a picture.”
Editor’s Note:With the holidays coming to a close and New Year’s resolutions in full swing, Scott Burr, owner of Pure Balance Fitness, offers eight suggestions anyone can do for shedding a few pounds. For more information from Pure Balance Fitness, contact the company at (801) 836-5433. Article by Scott Burr.