America’s overweight population has been on the rise for many years now. The reason for such a rise in our average weight can be disputed from every angle however the fact is that there is no specific reason for this. There are many contributing factors to this unhealthy trend including lack of sufficient exercise or unhealthy eating habits.
Fast dinners have certainly added their weight to the pressing issue of overweight Americans. These box dinners have about as much nutrition as the box they come in and half the roughage and fiber. Families with two working parents are often relegated to eating unhealthy instant dinners as a staple rather than the exception because it takes a lot of time to create a wholesome meal and time is money.
If you are looking to shave off the pounds and feel the vitality that comes with healthy living, it is vital to take the time to educate yourself on the definition of healthy living. Then see how your personal health habits line up with your standards for healthy living and be prepared to take corrective action.
• Step 1 : Plan a Diet of Healthier Food
The first place to initiate a change is with your eating habits. It can seem like a multiple choice problem trying to decide on one of the myriad of “healthy” diet plans for every reason under the sun. What you want to try is something appropriate to your needs and from a reputable source (fad diets can lead to even worse health conditions).
Don’t be misled by the current fad in diet supplements either. They claim to drop the pounds but are generally ineffective without the support of a strict program of diet and exercise. Supplements should be used to enhance your efforts to lose weight; on their own they lack the power to bring about any physical changes.
• Step 2: Make Time for Regular Exercise
After establishing a heathy nutritional base you will have the fuel to begin a program of regular exercise; do whatever it takes to make that vital time to work out for your personal health and long life. Get some help with the kids (if you have any) and get out to the gym, park or even back yard; so many people would be in far better condition if they only took a bit of time to take a walk.
A buddy system is great idea to keep you focused on your goals. This way both of you will have the support, motivation and even competition to carry on even if it seems the results are so far away. Believe me they are closer than you think; one more step, one more hour – carry on.
• Step 3: Bring Everyone with You
Get your whole family involved in being healthier; nothing is more convincing then commitment and dedication. Perhaps they don’t seem overweight and you may think the problem is all with you; but that is rarely the case. Everyone needs regular exercise and healthier food. Often times it’s the cheapest quickest decisions that are most detrimental to our health; that’s just the way the wicked world is. Struggling families eat out more and economize on food which often means unhealthy food choices.
Make home cooking a family tradition and mealtime a session of family bonding and memories. Come up with things you can all do together to keep in shape; hiking, biking or anything that will get the family moving.
Never forget that you are not alone in your quest for better health. There is a treasure trove of support from your online brethren (and sister-en?) there for your motivational needs; they can help you keep track of your nutrient intake and be the coach in your corner when you need it the most. Support can make all the difference between sticking to the plan and slipping off the path to a healthier life.
You may like some exercise music to motivate you. Here is a great youtube video for just that! Yep I know its a bit older but the music is great for exercising!!