Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Baby Steps

Initiating a change to healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming. There are those that have an all or nothing personality, and it works for them, but for most trying to do too much at one time be can be a recipe for disaster. So, why not take "Baby Steps". What are small, realistic, and manageable goals that you can achieve on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

Maybe an individual isn't a breakfast eater. For that person to sit down to a full breakfast tomorrow morning may be a little much to ask. The time that it may take them to prepare it combined with their stomach not being used to it may cause them to say "the heck with this!" So, lets start small......maybe a yogurt, and some almonds. A slice of toast with peanut butter. As time goes by that individual can build on that. Focusing on one meal, and one snack at a time.

I think many people feel that to improve their overall health and fitness they need to be in the gym 5,6, or 7 days per week at 1 to 2 hours at a time. For someone who hasn't exercised in years to go from nothing to an exercise frequency like that would probably result in that person saying "see ya!" Maybe going from no exercise, to a little, then a little more would be more manageable. After several months the "Baby Steps" accumulate into a "Giant steps"

So, for those of you thinking about starting exercise/dietary changes in your life......ask your self, what is the one thing i can change tomorrow? In time that one change will become two, and that two will become four and so on.

Be determined, be realistic, be patient.....and most important.....have fun!


PS.....this was my first blog so be patient with me. :-)