Getting Healthy Again – Tips on How & Where to Start
It seems like a lot of people these days are getting more and more interested in finding out how to take the first step towards getting healthy again.
The problem is there’s just so much information out there that it’s hard to figure what to believe and what to dismiss.
Here are 5 common sense tips to start working on that you don’t need to have confirmed but a professional to get you on the right path.
1. Cook more at home
Eating out is not only convenient but it’s also a way to be social.
However, the problem is you really don’t truly know what’s going into your foods.
Thought you were going healthy by getting the chicken and veggies? Well unless you asked for it on the side, they’re both probably doused in oil.
Just FYI, 1 TBSP of oil has about 14g of fat. Pray they only used one! (but don’t count on it)
By eating more at home, you have complete control over what goes into your body.
Instead of meeting your friends at your favorite go-to place this weekend, host a pot-luck dinner and have everyone bring a dish.
No, you won’t be perfect, but at least you’ll have more of an idea of your intake and will likely cut back on loads of calories from the extra not-so-necessary oils and sauces.
Proteins are the building blocks to our bodies. Our bodies need protein for:
- Tissue repair/Growth
- Immune system function
- Formation of hormones and enzymes (healthy hair, nails & skin)
- Preservation of lean muscle mass
I’ve found that a lot of people think they’re getting enough protein from foods like peanut butter and quinoa.
Those are “protein packed” foods right? Wrong.
Here’s a big tip, whichever macronutrient has the highest count on a nutrition label, that’s what macro category it goes under.
For example, peanut butter is not a “good source of protein”.
Yes, it has protein in it, but it has more fat in it than anything else which puts it in the fat category.
So you know that apple with peanut butter snack you’ve been having in the afternoons? Yeah, you’re going to need to add some real protein to that meal in order for your metabolism to react to it positively and not just store it as fat.
A main source of protein is essential to have in every single meal, small snacks included.
3. Choose the kind of exercise that you enjoy
If you absolutely despise long distance running, than why on earth are you signing up for that marathon?
By choosing a workout method that you completely dread, you’re already setting yourself up for failure.
Getting into a good habit of a workout routine is hard enough. Don’t make it harder on yourself by choosing the kind that’s going to make it even harder to roll out of bed for in the early mornings.
Choose one that you get excited about and that helps you escape from all the other stresses in your life.
Working out should be a positive experience that makes you feel better about yourself, not an experience that you feel obligated to do and dread every second of.
Plus, how much more likely are you going to stick to something you hate vs something you actually enjoy? You’ll miss that early am wake up call a lot less often if you choose to do the latter.
4. Don’t try to do too much to fast
Ever gotten a huge whim of motivation where you want to go from 0 to 100 in a single week?
Okay maybe not all of you but I know I’ve come across a few of these individuals!
A great example would be when you book your next beach vacation 3 months from now and you decide to make all of these plans to workout every single day starting tomorrow.
Well thats great, and I don’t want to hold you back, but at the same time you have to be realistic.
If you already have a very busy schedule where it’s been the main cause of your latest workout hiatus, than you can’t expect yourself to jump back on board and be 100% perfect for the next 3 months.
What I recommend is to ease yourself into the process by starting off with 2-3 set days a week that you know will work for your schedule.
Once you get into a good habit of making those workouts on a consistent basis, then try increasing your weekly amount later on down the road.
By trying to attempt too much too fast on a new fitness regimen, you’re setting yourself up for some serious disappointment when it doesn’t happen as easily as you’d planned.
5. Log your food
Even if you don’t know how much you should be eating, log your food.
It will be a pretty big reality check to see just exactly how many calories you are or aren’t consuming.
Not exactly tech-savvy or you just prefer the old pin and paper approach?
That’s find too!
Grab a note book and start writing down everything that enters your mouth.
From the bite of your co-workouts donut to the glass of wine at night.
After a few days of this, step back and use your common since.
Maybe you’re eating a healthy & average amount of calories, but take a look at where those calories are coming from.
Are a majority of those calories coming from fats? Does your diet consist of nothing but carbs? Are you getting enough protein in?
Or maybe you’re busy schedule is keeping you from barely getting in a whopping 1,200 calories.
No matter what the outcome is, logging your food will be a healthy reality check to help keep you more conscious with both the types of foods and amounts of foods you’re consuming.