If you’re feeling unfit and you want to change that, you’ll no doubt want to change things as quickly as possible. In reality big changes take time, but there are plenty of smaller things you can do right now to ensure you adopt a positive attitude to what you are doing.
Start eating more fruits and vegetables
How many of those five a day are you getting at the moment? If you are struggling to reach the magic five, start introducing those portions into every meal if you can. Snack on a banana when you’re hungry. Whizz up three fruits in a nice cool smoothie and top it up with soya milk. That’s three of your five a day in one glass. Cook a well-balanced meal with a couple more portions and that’s your five, done and dusted.
Get a dog
Really? Well, according to research you’re 77% more likely to get more exercise if you have a dog than if you don’t. They need their daily walks after all, and so do you. Dogs give you a reason to get out and about more often, and you’ll feel obliged to take them out even on those days when you don’t feel too bothered to get some exercise. Walking is a great form of exercise anyway so you’re guaranteed to feel good.
Drink more water
Whatever you drink now – unless you’re already up to eight glasses a day – drink more. Start as soon as you get up: a nice cold glass of water first thing really perks you up and encourages you to start the day in the right way. A lack of water in your system can trigger headaches and make you feel very lethargic. Hardly conducive to helping you get fitter and healthier and inspire you to exercise.
Be conscious of what you are eating
How often do you eat without thinking about what you are actually doing? Don’t snack unless you are really hungry – and don’t do anything else while you are eating either. It takes the attention away from what you are doing and you end up eating a lot more than you should as a result. Oh, and if you feel hungry, have a glass of that lovely water we were talking about just now – your stomach rumbles when you’re thirsty as well as hungry.
Pick a form of exercise you love
Come on, what do you really love doing? There is no point going for a run if you’re really not built for it and you hate every minute of it. Keeping up with regular exercise is hard enough without making it worse. Think about the exercise you do love. Is it walking? Maybe swimming is the thing for you. Consider the options and choose the activity that makes you want to get up and get started now. What puts a smile on your face? Do it more often to reap the results you want.