Get Fit Friday - Making the Little Things Count

Written by on June 7, 2013 in [, , , ]

It is amazing how often I tend to forget that the little changes that I am making in my life are actually going to make a difference. It is true that it may not make a difference in just a few days but if I keep up with those changes, then it will make a difference for a lifetime. It is hard to make huge changes in my life because then I know that I am going to backslide in my intentions. I know that it isn’t good to be negative about making a change but I know for myself it needs to be small consistent changes for them to stick.

These changes can be as simple as making sure that I actually measure the amount of creamer that I put into my coffee each morning, to the more complicated, for me at least, of making sure that I get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. These are things that should be fairly easy to change but when you have lived a lifetime without doing them on a consistent bases then it is making them that makes a difference.

Would it be amazing if I woke up after making changes only to find that I could run a 5k non-stop or have lost 10 pounds; of course that would be. However, that is not realistic. Even if there was a way to drop the weight without any thought, I know that I would gain it back, and probably more, in no time flat. It is for this reason that I recognize that I need to do things slow and steady and make all those little changes make a difference.

There are quite a few little things that we can all do to make the changes that we so desperately want to see in ourselves. The first thing that we need to do is to make sure that they are changes that are realistic and not farfetched. When they are realistic and small enough then there is a better chance of them actually sticking.

Here are a few things that we can all do to make a difference in our health and well-being:

1. Make sure that you are drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. This is pure water, with nothing added to it, which needs to be drunk each day. If you can get that much water into you each day, you will start to see changes in your body within a week.

2. Get up off the couch and get moving for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week. It is so easy to get stuck in the rut of sitting on the couch and watching TV, especially when it is getting so hot outside. This is why you have to make the decision to get up and get moving. If need be, start walking up and down the hallway three times a day for ten minutes each time. Your body will thank you.

3. Forgo all snacks after dinner. This is a hard one because so many of us are trained that when we are watching TV or a movie that we need to have something to snack on. Instead, get a large glass of ice water and sip it slowly over a half hour. If you still have more of the television show to go or the movie, get up and get some more water.

4. Get others involved. If there is a support system set up, it really helps everyone involved. It is fantastic to get your loved ones whom are within the same house involved but also seek others who may be changing up their lifestyle as well via other methods. I use MyFitnessPal as a way to connect with others.

These things are not that difficult to do, however when done with success you will start to feel better about yourself. There are so many things that a person can do to make a difference that these are just a smattering of things that will make a difference. Is it true that you may need to change up other things in your life to have a higher success rate of weight loss; sure it is but making those little things count will start you off in the right direction.


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