Monday, 10 September 2012
As you may know, last month I began my journey on becoming a healthier, fitter person. Last month, my goal was to do at least moderate exercise 30 minutes/4 times a week. I did, for the most part, maybe one week I only did 3 times/week, but I would have to say that is a great improvement to no exercise at all. I am also paying more attention to portion sizes, but I know I am still eating more calories than I should.
I think mostly all inspiration fitness and health-minded people would agree to achieve a health weight and a fit body, you must commit to lifestyle changes to reach your health goals rather than relying on crash diets to lose pounds. I read an article a long time ago that made a lot of sense. It recommended that for each week, I just CHANGE ONE habit. Trying to quit all your vices cold turkey and expecting to work out a certain amount each week is setting yourself up for failure.
This month, my goal is get at least 7 hours of a sleep a night, and increase the exercise to 5 times a week. I know I have to get more than 5 hours of sleep because it is still tough getting up to exercise some days and on the weekend I am pretty sedentary. I think I may need to set a reminder alarm to wind down and go to bed. Most nights, I think I go to bed just too late to get a decent amount of sleep. Lazy weekends coupled with rich foods is not a great way to start on Monday. One day, I hope to do some physical activity on the weekends, too. Maybe hiking with friends.
Future Challenges, no particular order, not limited to the following:
- EDIT: Increase water intake!
- Limit soda to one 12 ounce can/serving a week.
- Decrease consumption of sweets.
- Increase intensity of exercise, and vary the activities.
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into diet, and reducing foods that do not offer much nutritional benefits.
- Do light weight training regularly.
- Sign up and train for a 5K run. I have done a 5K walk and it was doable, but I hope to run one.
Getting a healthy, fit body is no easy feat. What do you do to improve your health/stay healthy? What healthy goals do you hope to achieve?