Every great journey starts with a single small step. Often times I see people who need to completely change every habit and lifestyle choice they make on a daily basis. They eat the wrong foods too often, they rarely if ever work out, and the list goes on and on. The best advice I can give these people when they’re truly ready and committed to making the change toward a healthy lifestyle is, “Begin with small changes.”
I wouldn’t expect a person to learn Chinese in a single sitting. So why would I expect a person to immediately be able to completely change habits that have formed over years and years? If you try this “all or nothing” approach, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Just for the sake of argument, let’s say you fall into the category of a people who don’t exercise and eat the wrong food. Do not, I repeat, do not start going to the gym five, six or seven days a week. You will burn out or worse hurt yourself. Your body needs time to build up to the stress and demands placed on it with exercise. If you’ve never run before, your first jog probably shouldn’t be a marathon. If you struggle with food, then completely overhauling your diet may sound like a good idea at the time, but again you will fail! Make small changes. Start by doing the things you know you’re supposed to; start drinking more water, add fruits and vegetables to each meal, and stay away from fast food! Don’t over think it. Deep down we know the simple tricks to staying healthy; unfortunately it requires a little more work and discipline.
Discipline is the hard work. We’ve all heard the little tricks and secrets to eating healthy a thousand times. I will say it one more time though, eat real food. If it’s frozen or processed, run, run far away. But to wrap up my point, pick one or two simple changes you can make today and don’t add more to your plate until you’ve perfected the first changes and that small step.
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