For the past 37 days, I've been making small lifestyle changes that are adding up to a big positive. I'm sharing this because fitness professionals are human and subject to the same stresses and temptations as anyone else. Sometimes the stresses become too much and we succumb to unhealthy choices that wreak havoc on our bodies, minds and spirits.
All too often I see social media posts from people trying to make major changes all at once like going from inactivity to jumping into an insanely intense exercise program or extreme diet with the idea that they'll beat their body into some kind of submission.
What you don't hear is how they manage to maintain this all or nothing approach for a short time and then revert back to their former lifestyle, losing everything they gained and gaining everything they lost while telling everyone that diet and exercise doesn't work or that it isn't for them.
However, psychologists and exercise scientists have shown that a series of small positive changes implemented slowly over time is much more likely to be maintained indefinitely than trying to tackle too many changes at once or making changes that are too large.
Make a list of all the changes you'd like to implement to reach the lifestyle you'd like to have and then implement one small change each week until you've implemented every change on your list. An example of a small change might be: drink an additional glass of water each day this week. Or: Walk briskly for 20-30 minutes 2-3 times this week.
Small steps add up over time to create positive changes in your spirit, mind and body. Incorporate positive lifestyle changes into your life and your body and mind will follow. Living an active, healthy lifestyle will become a habit and a way of being. You'll get more personal rewards from living well than from making poor nutritional choices or remaining inactive.
You can accomplish amazing progress by making your changes one at a time and it will certainly be less painful. Think of it as nourishment for yourself rather than deprivation. Trust me, your body is worth it.
Lover of dance, dance-fitness and aquatic fitness.