Some need a helping hand to establish healthy habits

DO YOU relish your daily exercise regime or are you in bewilderment when you see those enthusiastic walkers striding past your house at the same time every morning while you add an extra teaspoon of sugar to your coffee?

You stir your potent brew while wondering why it seems so easy for other people to stick with an exercise regime while you struggle.

Scientists are always interested in figuring out what makes some of us make exercise a daily ritual while others only find time a few times a year.

Their interest can only help the rest of us figure out how to stay on track with our exercise and health.

Are you mentally ready for exercise?

Your body might be ready but your mind is having second thoughts.

Starting an exercise program might bring on feelings of dread, confusion, memories of pain, frustration or even disappointment.

It does take mental preparation to commit to health.

Once you know your own mind, setting up an exercise program and participate in things you enjoy.

Are you ready to make a lifestyle change?

"Lifestyle change" is a common phrase in the health industry.

You often hear that people need to make "lifestyle changes" to achieve their goals and reduce the possibility of succumbing to life-threatening diseases.

Did you know though that making lifestyle changes should be a slow and gradual change? Don't make all your changes at once.

The human mind can only deal with a couple of changes at a time so, for instance, don't wake up and decide to stop drinking, give up smoking, cut out all fat, eat more vegies and go to the gym every day, starting now.

Choose a couple of those lifestyle changes and allow yourself to get used to them over a four-to-five-week period then make a couple more.

This will be less shocking, more agreeable and more sustainable to your mind and body.

Is your health a priority?

I bet the health of your loved ones is a priority in your life but what about your own health?

Treat yourself like your best friend and know that exercise for the under 40s is possibly optional but exercise for the over 50s is essential.

Make it as much a daily priority as drinking water.


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