This month we are Marching to Wellness. We are already almost 3 months in to this new year and…how are you doing? We’ve been hearing from so many people that they are disappointed with their efforts thus far.
And then come the excuses. “I’m too busy.” “My schedule doesn’t work for getting to the gym.” “I don’t know what to eat!” Here’s a good one: “Once I get my life in order, I’ll focus on taking care of myself.”
If you’re waiting for that day, news flash…it will never come. And, if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Change starts TODAY. Does it have to be earth shattering or perfect? NO. It does not. You can start with just one…one change to get you moving in a forward direction.
There are some very simple lifestyle changes you can make, today:
1) Cut out starches at night. Try capping your carb consumption by 3 or 4 in the afternoon. You don’t have to give up starches altogether. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Just start SOMEWHERE. While you’re at it, try sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, brown rice rather than white, etc. You get the idea. However, this of course, doesn’t mean you can eat as many carbs as you want during the day. Be sure you are still making balanced meal choices.
2) Cut back on sugar. I don’t think we need to put too much time and effort into explaining this one. If you want something sweet, try fruit or dark chocolate with 60% cocoa or higher.
3) Cut back on sodium. Try keeping your daily salt intake to under 2,000 milligrams a day. Which means, pay attention to the big offenders: packaged foods, deli meat, cheeses, and breads.
4) Cut back on alcohol. You don’t have to give up happy hour completely to loose weight, but you will have to watch your alcohol intake. It’s just empty calories. We will be doing a vlog on this in the near future – keep a watch out for this one! Try limiting your drinks to 2-3 per week.
Starting a workout habit is key. You don’t need to spend an hour at the gym everyday to accomplish that goal. Just start. Begin with 30 mins of intense cardio twice a week, alternating it with two 20 min days of strength training.
If you don’t know what to do, or don’t have time to go to the gym, check out our online Groove and Strength formats! Then, continue to challenge yourself as you get stronger.
I’m not going to lie….to truly transform your body you have to PUSH yourself! If your workouts don’t leave you with a feeling of “holy crap I just kicked my own ass,” then you need to take it up a notch. Add 5 more minutes to your run, squat a little deeper in muscle class, dance bigger and more expressive, hold your poses longer in yoga.
That’s where the results come into play. We believe every workout is as hard or easy as you make it. Give 100% and PUSH YOURSELF to TRULY TRANSFORM!!!
xo REB3L Team