Getting healthy or in shape does not have to, and should not make you miserable. There is not one “right way” to eat and exercise that will work for everybody. This is partially because every body type is different, but also because every person is unique and has different likes and dislikes.
There are so many healthy foods out there, so if you don’t like broccoli and chicken, that’s ok! You don’t have to eat it to be considered healthy, there are many other vegetables out there that you can eat instead of broccoli, and there are many other sources of protein that you can eat to get its benefits!
Oh… you don’t like vegetables? Salad is for rabbits? Healthy food is “boring”?
Luckily, with healthy being such a ‘trend’ lately there are so many easy, delicious, and health conscious recipes out there, just check the internet.
There are many ways to make healthy eating enjoyable for you; it can be as simple as a different method of preparing certain foods, sneaking them in to other dishes or smoothies, or maybe you need to expand your menu and try some new foods. All you have to do is keep trying new recipes and foods until you find some that you like. Then, once you find which ones you like and don’t like it is very simple, eat more of the ones you like.
Furthermore, once you start eating vegetables and fruit (which are both filled with tonnes of amazing nutrients and vitamins) regularly your body will, and no I’m not making this up, crave those nutrients – which means you will actually start to crave healthy foods.
This means it will become easier and easier for you to eat healthy, and enjoy the process. For most people this also means that they start to enjoy the taste of other vegetables, that they might not have before.
Isn’t it amazing how smart our body is when we fuel it properly.
On to exercise….
“I can’t run.”
“I don’t like to sweat.”
“I wouldn’t even know where to start.”
None of that matters.
You don’t have to do any particular type of exercise for your body to benefit from it.
There are so many different types of exercise. No matter what you have tried before, there will be something that you enjoy doing.
Unfortunately, you will never learn what kind of exercise is right for you if you never get off the couch and try something. This means it may take actually getting up and making an effort to try new things in order for you to find what you like to do, however, once you find it, I promise you will never look back to your old, sedentary ways again.
**Sidenote: this does not mean you will never be tired, or want to have lazy days. Those days are OK, as a matter of fact rest days are actually needed. Making a lifestyle change is all about finding a balance between being active and allowing yourself enough recovery, all while making sure you are not over-indulging in one or the other.
There are many different exercise programs, sports and fitness classes out there, however if you do not enjoy it, if you do not look forward to your workout then what are the chances you will stick with it?
The goal is to find exercise that you enjoy, and that you will want to keep doing in order to stay active as you age. For some people this means cross training, combining different kinds of exercise (strength, cardio, yoga) into their program and doing a little bit of each every week. Other people may love their pilates class (or at home video) and religiously do that workout 3-5 times a week, never becoming bored or even wanting to try something else. For some, their exercise could include their daily walk/ jogs with their dog. Any and all of these examples are great, because all of them get you moving, and any movement is better than no movement. Furthermore, this means that as your goals, likes and needs change, you can continue to change the type of exercise you do, as long as you keep active then you will continue to reap the benefits.
The best “diet” and exercise program is the one that you enjoy and can do for the rest of your life.
So get out there; try new foods, attend a new workout class, dance while you clean your house, find what you love and repeat!
** If you are totally lost or are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, just ask, and let me help you find what will work for you!