It’s Not Too Late to Get in Shape!

It’s Not Too Late to Get in Shape!

When a new year begins, many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Often, we don’t keep them. Why? It is because we only have ourselves to keep us accountable. We typically fall back into our comfort zones of what has always worked for us. That is why most individuals end up not keeping them. For us to change a habit or behavior, we need to identify what will hold us accountable. With all that said, as we spring forward, here are some tips to spring forward and make steps to better health:

If you need to lose weight do not fall for expensive weight loss gimmicks.

We are bombarded with weight loss gimmicks on the radio, television, and the internet. If you need to lose weight, you need to change your eating habits and move more. Most health insurance plans will pay for you to see a nutritionist or a dietician. They can guide you on proper eating and they know the science behind food and eating. You will also need to move more. When deciding on what form of exercise you might want to do, go back to your childhood. Did you like to play an organized sport? Did you like to ride your bike? Did you walk everywhere. For me, I enjoy walking the most. I try and walk as much as I can when I can. My dogs always motivate me to walk, because they love to walk, and they need to go outside daily. I’m also a fan of personal trainers versus gym memberships in general. Personal trainers are not expensive, and they are an investment in your health.

Stay off social media.

Plain and simple, adults and children spend unhealthy amounts of time on their smart phones and on social media. The data we have is clear. It is not good for us. I challenge you to delete all your social media applications. I am no longer on them as I recognized that they are a source of poor mental and physical health and DRAMA

Buy things based on need, not wants.

Keep track of what you buy, and then ask yourself, did I need this, or did I want it. Buy things based on need not want.

Limit your time on your smart phone.

The amount of time people spend scrolling on their smart phones and texting is unnecessary. In my world as a therapist, it is a constant source of arguments, stress, and anxiety. I keep my phone on do not disturb all the time. Texts from my clients are the only priority. All other texts and phone calls are answered when I make the time.

Limit going out to eat.

Save going out to eat for a special occasion. Eating out expands our waistline. It also is expensive. Set aside once a month to go to your favorite local restaurant. Bring cash and pass on the dessert.

Prepare your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But Diane, I don’t have time. You will once you stay off your smart phone, stop watching the news all the time, and get off social media.

Work less, play more.

We need to take more of our habits from the Europeans. We work way too much in this country. If your job is consuming your life, it’s time to re-evaluate why. Talk with a good therapist who can help you understand why you are working so much.

Connect with nature.

Connect with nature daily. It is good for the mind, body, and soul.

Make your own kind of music.

I would be miserable if I didn’t listen to music and sing every day. I still pretend that Prince, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston are alive. In the mornings, as I get ready, I am a combination of J Lo and Beyonce.

Read books.

Reading makes you smarter all the way around. Reading is good for your brain as well.

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