Getting Started is Easy!
It shocks me how so many people do absolutely no exercise and pay no attention to their diet eating whatever they want whenever they want. One thing all these people have in common is a desire to be healthy, which is natural as is exercising and eating well.
Changing habits can be very daunting, I know many people who want to start a new healthier life but have no idea where/when or how to start. This article aims to be a guide on becoming a new healthier you without giving up the things you love.
this is in some senses the easiest and most satisfying part of becoming healthy. Our bodies are primed to eat certain foods that we have evolved to eat over thousands of years, this involves fresh real food. Head to the Supermarket and pickup a few days supplies of the following foods;
- Lean cuts of Steak/Lamb, Poultry and Fish (turkey, chicken, cod, tuna, shrimps etc) and Eggs
- Salad and Vegetables of your choice (no tubers like potatoes)
- Fruits (Stick to fruits from your own country and in season if possible)
- Nuts, Seeds and some good quality Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar and condiments.
- Organic Yoghurt
- Ground Coffee
This is all you need to eat well, avoid the bread isle, and all the other sugars and learn to enjoy real wholesome food. Its amazing how good a tray of seasoned, roasted vegetables with a good steak tastes….. feel free to enjoy with a light beer or glass of wine. When was the last time you had an omelette and some fruit for breakfast?
-Great recipes using real food
Save all other foods for special occasions like dining at a restaurant with friends or visiting a relatives house for dinner. At these times feel free to have some pizza, a slice of cake or over indulge in anything that you desire. Just make sure you get back on track eating real wholesome foods once your done.
Listen to your hunger
Eat when your body is calling for food. If you feel like something crunchy and juicy grab an apple, if your not hungry at lunch time don’t eat just because its 1PM doesn’t mean you have to eat. Get on with your day and do what you have to do, eating wholesome foods when your body asks for them.
You will be amazed how quickly your body and taste buds adapt to this style of eating. We have beautiful fruits like blueberries and figs why are we eating muffins and croissants for breakfast.
Exercise Plan of Action
Sometimes you just gotta hit the road. I am a firm believer that those of us who have not done any fitness work in years should start by just going for a run. Put on some shorts/trainers and a t-shirt and hit the road even if you struggle after 5 minutes just slow down to a walk (try to do some pushups) and then run again when your ready, just make your goal to break a sweat. You don’t need anyone or any approval to do this workout just your own desire.
You will be shocked at how quickly your body adapts and in no time I am confident you will be running for 20 minutes plus within a few weeks. Once you have attained a basic level of fitness you should start looking into buying a basic dumbbell set or learning how to do body weight exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, dips and pushups allowing you to start effective circuit type training in order to boost your metabolism. Once your fitness level is adequete consider:
- Go to a gym and learn for yourself basic resistance training movements like
- Bench Press (Video)
- squats (Video)
- Dead-lifts (Video)
- Pull-ups (Video)
- Look into a local Crossfit affiliate to workout a few times a week.
- Start Trail Running
- Start playing more sports
- Do Bodyweight circuits
I hope this can serve as a plan of action or starting point for those who are daunted by an exercise and nutrition. It really comes down to doing what we have evolved to do which is eat good real food and move around. Simple
I had the folowing comment on this article and thought it would be worth sticking in at the bottom. Some great advice from Pay Now Live Later:
Since we are talking about ‘getting started’, I think it’s worth recognising that some people are not able to make an immediate transition to the diet you describe (which is pretty much what I eat BTW!)
For some, a slow build-up is the only way it can be achieved. My advice to them would be to pick off the things they need to give up one by one. Treat each one as a challenge to be beaten in isolation. I watched my girlfriend struggle for months against each ‘vice’ (sugar, then bread, then french fries) but each time she beat one of them it seemed to stick. Before that, when I was trying to persuade her to totally switch to my diet, she was unwilling/unable to do so because the change was too daunting…
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