Using Individualized, Maintainable Eating and Exercise Plans to Achieve Greater Health

Posted: December 28th, 2014 | Author: Esta | Filed under: Aging, Body Composition, Ease and Steadiness, Exercise, Fat Burning, Fitness, Group Exercise Classes, Laughter, Lose Weight, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Personal Training, Psychology of Health, Range of Motion, Resistance Training, Serenity, Strength, Thought Process, Weight Loss, Weight Training | Tags: build muscle, burn calories, burn fat, cardiovascular benefit, exercise, fitness, fun, lose body fat, lose weight, muscle, My Health Studio, reduce stress, resistance training |

(Part 1 — A Glimpse Into an Article Written in Connect to Wellbeing Magazine — January 2015 Issue)

January is here, and we’re about to be inundated by media ads and hype with the latest and greatest products and services that will make this our year for fitness success! Americans will spend over $60 billion annually attempting to lose weight and look younger. No matter what methods we embrace, one thing is for sure: ongoing change is imminent.

Before I embark upon the nuts and bolts of some basic fitness additions and modifications, I would be remiss if I did not address the most significant component of achieving physical health — the thought process. In nearly every article I write, I include my conviction that mindset is a critical piece of the good health puzzle. Our input drives our thoughts and beliefs, and what we believe drives our actions. It’s critical that we control our input! New York Times best-selling author, Dave Barry, asserts “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” Once we receive positive input, it’s essential to weave it into a fabric of fitness rather than a fabric of failure.

As a fitness professional, many of my clients are surprised that I don’t believe in “diets” or austere food or movement plans. As a matter of fact, I’ve tried most of these fitness regimens. It’s my sincere belief that the first thing you lose on a diet and crazy exercise program is your sense of humor! How then is it possible to attain improved health without employing extreme fitness programs? As long as you’re not looking for a quick fix, it’s may be easier than you think.

When I start working with a new client, I never prescribe a fitness plan I think they can’t (or won’t) stick to. The first step on the road to improved health for all of us is to take an inventory of what changes we will implement and least 80% of the time, for life. This includes making a list of foods we loathe and movements we’re either afraid of and/or intensely dislike. I’m aware that this is a counter-intuitive approach, but I’ve learned that it’s nearly impossible to make someone do what they hate, especially for the long term. Once we’ve established what we absolutely will NOT do, everything else is fair game. Then, and only then, can we create an individually-tailored program that can be adhered to for a lifetime.

So before you decide to “drink all your meals” or eliminate any one group of foods from your eating plan, remember, strategies for attaining proper weight, body composition and health are not “one size fits all” propositions. It’s important to seek the services of an accredited fitness professional who can assist you with your customized long-term plan.

For specific suggestions, look for the Connect to Wellness magazine — January 2015 edition, or call Esta at My Health Studio.

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