Jackie Wright: Get healthy and fit now, Part III
May 13, 2011
Final of a three-part series
This week we complete our three-part series of “Get Healthy and Fit Now” with additional “taking action” guidelines which apply to those of you who have reached the point of maintenance, when health and fitness are an integral part of your life.
While you have achieved health and fitness success, following a few of these guidelines may help you continue along that amazing path for a lifetime. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Taking Action Guidelines
• You may ask, if you have arrived at the maintenance stage, then why would you need “taking action guidelines”. Good question! And, the answer is that life is dynamic. There is no “status quo” at least not for long. So, therefore, prepare for the inevitable changes by anticipating change.
What tends to create lapses is when there is a significant change in your plan or routine. Perhaps you have been running on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays for years and your work schedule changes so you can no longer manage those days. If you plan ahead, and occasionally modify your workout plan/routine while the “old” plan is still in place, you may find that the workout modifications will function quite well with your new work schedule. This may help you avoid any lapses.
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• Speaking of change, boredom is one of the major stumbling blocks of someone in the maintenance stage. For example, you may become bored with your eating regimen, so you take a little vacation from it and then cannot bear the thought of returning to it, so you don’t and really fall off track. To avoid this pitfall, change your eating regimen from time to time and keep it interesting by creating variety. You are far more likely to adhere to your healthy eating habits if you do not feel bored, trapped or deprived.
• Just because you are healthy and fit does not mean you should forego your health examinations such as mammograms and prostate examinations, to name a couple. Continue your healthy path by being your own health advocate. Take your medications when and where prescribed and talk to your physicians when something does not seem quite right with your medications or your body (i.e. changes in body weight, age, diet, activity levels, and work, personal or emotional stressors may be reasons to visit your physician). Listen to your body and your common sense, vigilantly pursuing safe and effective resolutions from your health and fitness professionals.
• Help others who are just beginning their health and fitness journey by being their mentor and encouraging them to work toward the maintenance stage that you enjoy. Not only will this help another human being become healthier and fit, it will create an amazing impact on you by reinforcing the reasons you are in the maintenance stage and why you want to remain there for life!
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net , her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.
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