Everyday Is a Health and Fitness Resolution

Keeping physically fit requires resolve! Nothing is more important than deciding to follow a fitness plan. Around the holidays so many of us make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy, but I’m here to tell you that everyday is the time for a health and fitness resolution! Though we often blame outward circumstances for our poor health (e.g. office treats, fast food, “the holidays,”) in reality, the true barrier to preventing us from reaching our fitness goals is our own procrastination.

How often have we told ourselves, “Someday I’ll fit into that dress,” or “I’ll get back to my college weight eventually”? Time and time again we delay our health a fitness resolutions until a future date. It is time to stop this incessant procrastination because all we end up doing is having a perpetual desire… endless wanting. Make the resolution to turn these dreams into a reality. The time for delay has come to an end. As Shakespeare says, “Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.”

The secret to living a healthy life is rooted in the realization that tomorrow never comes! Our tomorrow is nothing but the consequences of decisions that we make today. When we think about it, it becomes obvious that today is all that we have. The past no longer exists. The future has yet to come. The present is all that exists! The person you want to be in the future, therefore, will only come into existence when the person that you actually are resolves to do something… NOW. Again, everyday is a health and fitness resolution!

To reach your long-term fitness goals requires a commitment. There are no short cuts! What this will entail is different for each person. The best way to maximize your time and efforts is to work with a personal trainer. He or she will help determine which exercises and diet is best for your physical make up and life situation. It is much easier to reach your fitness goals when you have an everyday plan directing you how to get there.

Despite the numerous gimmicks, fad diets and fancy exercise plans, reaching your optimal health and fitness goals is really quite simple. It requires two ingredients; 1) an exercise plan that fits your body type and goals, 2) your determination and resolution to follow this plan, each and everyday! I’m not saying you have to train every day, it’s the mentality that you want to be on top of. Armed with this two-pronged attack, physical fitness will lose its mysterious and elusive quality. Exercise and diet plans are out there. Finding a program that works for you is very possible. The real question that you must ask yourself is this; “Do I have the resolution and determination to work towards my goals each and every day?” Do I sincerely desire everyday to be a health and fitness resolution?

The great secret to happiness in life is the realization that today is all that we have. The seeds of the future you are present in the little decisions that you make today. Each and everyday is an opportunity and invitation for you to become the new and improved you. You want to be healthier? You want to increase your level of fitness? Then make the resolution today, and everyday, to do what is required! Make everyday a health and fitness resolution.

You can do it! You really can be the person you desire to be. It all depends on how badly you want it. It’s this very desire, no, this resolve, that will transform your fitness goals into reality!

Realistic Approach to Setting Health and Fitness Goals

What is unique about health and fitness goals is they are never-ending. In the whole scheme of things, if your goal is to enjoy excellent health, possess an abundance of energy and live life to the fullest for the longest possible time, the process is ongoing and will never be complete. As we get older, the variation and intensity may change, but the goal will always be the same.

We can, however, set mini-goals for ourselves to accomplish within a certain timeframe. For example, maybe you need to lose 30 pounds. While this fits into the big picture of achieving your health and fitness objective, setting a goal for losing weight is certainly a target within itself and should be treated as an independent goal. It could be considered a stepping stone toward achieving and maintaining the health and fitness goals we set for ourselves.

While being healthy and fit may seem like an easy set of goals to achieve-eat your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, exercise on a regular basis-it does have its challenges. Although we intuitively know that a nutritious diet and a consistent exercise routine are essential for a healthy lifestyle and our intentions try to match that notion, within a short period of time, this regimen begins to falter and eventually it is kicked to the curb. What went wrong?

Perhaps the health and fitness goals we are setting for ourselves are not realistic and attainable. While setting your goals is essential for keeping you motivated and staying on track, trying to succeed at an unrealistic goal will only hinder the process and deter you from your real purpose. Discouragement sets in and the drive to move forward becomes lost. We can no longer envision ourselves obtaining our goals and we finally give up.

What is Your Objective for Reaching Your Goals?

In order to be truly committed to your goals, they must be straightforward, worthy and achievable. We too often fail at following through with a goal because it is simply too vague or unrealistic. Instead of saying I want to lose weight before my high school reunion, be more specific by saying, “I want to lose 30 pounds by the time of my reunion. If I start now and lose two pounds a week by watching my diet and exercising, I will have lost the 30 pounds and will look and feel good at my reunion.” This is a worthy goal with purpose as well as achievable and will inspire motivation to lose the weight.

Make a list of what you specifically want to accomplish from your goal setting. How will you benefit from obtaining your health and fitness goals? Are your goals within a reasonable timeframe to make them achievable? Be realistic about the amount of time you can devote to your goal. And very importantly, realize your fitness level so you can accurately figure that into the equation.

Setting Health and Fitness Goals That are Realistic

Now that you have defined your goals, you can begin the process by setting realistic steps to get you there. Establishing a timeline is essential. For example, if you set an impractical objective of losing 50 pounds in a month, you will most likely fail to reach that goal. Breaking that down to losing five pounds in a month with exercise and diet is more attainable and easier to put into reality. By consciously preventing failures, you will not feel defeated and are more likely to stay on track.

It is important to realize that achieving any health and fitness goal is a commitment which requires a willingness to accept when we are not “in the mood.” There will be days when you might have to force yourself to go on that run or turn your back on that gooey hot fudge sundae, so be prepared to recognize that making certain sacrifices is part of the process of reaching your goal. By all means, acknowledge your accomplishments. Treat each sacrifice as a milestone of progress rather than a loss.

Setting health and fitness goals are important in life and give you something to constantly work towards as you go through life. A fit and toned body, feeling energetic and maintaining a desirable weight is the constant reward when we make a commitment to health and fitness.

Health and Fitness Addiction

Yes…it’s possible! The word “addiction” give us images of people in dark rooms, listening to bad music and sticking needles in their arms, but many addicts can be found in the gym or on the local school track, getting just as addictive a fix. In fact, the positive nature of the word “healthy” makes health and fitness addiction all the more alluring. Despite the positive media, health addicts have done as much damage to their families and lives as any other kind of addict. In this article, we’ll look under the surface of health and fitness addiction and find a path to recovery.

How Can Something So Good Be Bad? In our modern Western culture, those willing to pay the price for fitness are to be applauded. There are just so many temptations to do otherwise. Exercise is mostly boring, painful and smelly, so those who endure it for about an hour, 3-5 days a week, have achieved a level of discipline most only dream of.

Health and fitness addiction is not about health or fitness…it’s about a compulsion to use healthy activities to fill a void we see in ourselves. Addicts are compelled, not disciplined. The addictive chemicals involved in exercise are much the same as those in sex and porn addiction. This may explain why many people suffer from both sexual addictions and health addictions.

Types Of Health And Fitness Addiction: These are addictions to the activities of health and fitness, as opposed to the TV, Internet and shopping addictions which could involve health themes. Health and fitness addictions are compulsions to engage in “healthy” activities, like exercise, dieting, etc. In fact, anorexia and bulimia nervosa have both been described as severe health and fitness addictions. Two key symptoms of these mental disorders are exercise and dietary control to a compulsive and excessive extreme. The specific exercise or diet plan doesn’t matter. It’s an addiction when you feel compelled to do it.

How Do I Know I’m Addicted? We addicts don’t often recognize addiction because a common symptom of addiction is denial, which is even easier to have about health. That’s why it’s easier to find out from a friend or loved one if you have a problem in this area. For health addiction involving eating, see Anorexia Nervosa Quiz. Here are some things to watch out for concerning fitness exercise addiction:

1. Do you regularly spend more than 8 hours a week exercising and is the time you spend increasing?

2. Does your exercise schedule interfere with normal family activities, home or work responsibilities?

3. Do friends or family members complain about the time or money you spend on fitness?

4. Have you wondered if you’re being too compulsive about your fitness program?

5. Have you lied to your family, friends, or employers about the time you spend in fitness activities?

6. Do you often see fitness as a way to gain acceptance or praise from others?

7. Have you ever pushed so hard in your fitness program you hurt yourself?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider yourself at risk of addiction. If you answered yes to 3 or more, you’re probably addicted.

How Do I Recover From Health And Fitness Addiction? This is caused by a negative self-image, like any other addiction. Instead of alcohol, you use exercise to fill a void you feel in yourself. Since the relief produced by exercise is only temporary and you become conditioned, you need regular increases in the activity to produce the same relief. Unlike alcohol, a certain amount of fitness activity is required for health, so, you can’t just quit. Instead, we have to hold ourselves to no more than an hour a day, 3-5 days a week.

Spend the rest of the time you used to exercise going to AA or other addiction meetings and engaging in self-development activities. You could read, go back to school, join a volunteer group. You could take up a hobby, like gardening or building model airplanes. To help in building yourself up, avoid negative mental inputs, like the news, drama, negative, insulting friends. Replace those with good music or reading or other activities that build you up. Push all the negative, self-defeating, limiting thoughts out of your mind with positive, uplifting, encouraging thoughts.

Because there are risks that health and fitness addiction could develop into full-blown anorexia, if you try and fail to get a handle on your addiction, please see a doctor. Sometimes medical and psychological therapy can prevent a more serious condition from developing, and allow you the mental energies you need to get control of yourself.

Health and fitness addiction can be just as severe as any other addiction. It can imprison us into destructive, compulsive activities. We can place our families, our careers, even, ironically, our health at risk through addiction to exercise and other fitness activities. The good news is, there is hope for anyone willing to live in and work on recovery.

Put Some Effort Into Your Health And Fitness

What do you see when you imagine the “picture of health”? Do you see someone who is laid up in a bed, in the 80s, who cannot fend for themselves? Or do you see that same 80-year-old person living in their own house and doing their own yard work? Many may think the latter is impossible, but it is not. In fact, this is totally within your grasp. Aging is a process we all have to go through, but it does not have to be bad. In fact, it can be quite rewarding if you take your own health and fitness into your own hands.

When it comes to proper health and fitness, there are two main factors – your diet and your exercise routine. Over the years people have been taught that in order to be considered to be “fit” you had to work out – cardiovascular – for hours a day. However, for proper health and fitness, this is not the case. When it comes to good health and fitness you must have one thing – healthy muscle tone and mass.

This is something many people do not think of. Unfortunately we have been trained / taught that proper health and fitness simply means that you are slender and eat like a bird. This is not to say that you need massive muscles like a body builder – leave that to the professionals. It simply means that you work, tone, and build the natural muscles that your body has. Working out 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes a session will push these muscles to their max; you will look good not bulky so don’t fret.

Here’s the cool thing, muscles naturally burn fat too. So, what this means is that as you work and tone your muscles – throughout your life – you shouldn’t really have to worry about fat mass because you will already be working it off. As you can see this is a great start to proper health and fitness. But, remember, make these changes part of your life; if you want them to work they are not temporary.

Okay, so to feed your muscles and your body, and work towards proper health and fitness you must also eat a well-balanced diet. This is to say, stop cutting calories and make sure you are eating enough to fuel your body. The average person should be eating 1500-1800 calories every day. (With a proper strength training routine you will likely be closer to the larger end of the scale.) Over time you will find what works best for you as each person is just a little different.

But, for true health and fitness you need to go back to the basics of the food pyramid; stick with the outer aisles of the grocery store – fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and nuts and grains. If you fill 80% of your diet with these foods you will be the image of health and fitness. The combination of these two lifestyle changes will put you on the path to being that 80-year-old doing your own yard work; you will be the elder person that everyone is either envious of or dreams to be.