How to Kick-Start Your Health and Fitness Lifestyle

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If you are anything like me then you understand that a health and fitness lifestyle takes work. For years I wanted to be a healthy eater. I tried so many fad diets, took supplements, exercised, but I wasn’t seeing results I wanted. Even though I ate healthier than the average person, I still had a sugar addiction and my idea of exercise was 30 minutes on the elliptical twice a week. I will give credit to myself, I was trying, but I just didn’t know how to stick with a healthy lifestyle.

After I graduated college, I was an avid juicer but in retrospect was probably not the best decision for my health since I suffer from chronic migraines. I wanted to loose the weight I had gained in college but starving myself by juicing was not the answer. Don’t get me wrong, a juice cleanse can be great for some people, but using juice as a meal replacement on an extended basis is not the right way to loose weight in a healthy way.

Instead of climbing onto the diet fad again, I started eating organic fruits and vegetables and high quality meats. I figured out what foods were causing me to bloat because of an intolerance and cut them out of my diet. Also, I began exercising 4-5 times a week, no matter if I wanted to or not. I used to hate exercising, I mean HATE it. I would come up with every excuse in the book not to exercise. At the time, I was only doing 30 minutes of cardio twice a week, the exercises were not difficult.

Once I started working out with my personal trainer, I couldn’t make an excuse to get out of the workout. After about 3 weeks of working out 3-4 times a week, my body starting craving exercise and I began enjoying the movement. Then when I started seeing a major change in my physique, I really wanted to continue with my workouts and I have been exercising on a regular basis ever since. Now it is not only to keep the shape I want but it is also a great stress reliever. I love nothing more than to sweat as much as possible during a workout.

So here are a few pointers that will help you activate your own health and fitness journey:

  1. Throw away all the unhealthy food in your house (if unhealthy food is not in your house, then you are less likely to eat it).
  2. Buy fruits, vegetables, high quality meats, and healthy snacks that you enjoy eating.
  3. Meal prep – you can read my blog post on how to meal prep here
  4. Find time to exercise at least 3 times a week. If you hate exercising, try an exercise that you prefer and do it for up to 3 weeks regularly. Your body will most likely start to crave movement and then you will want to exercise on a regular basis.

Instead of trying all the many fad diets out there, try these tips. Eating high quality foods and exercise is the best way to stay healthy long term.

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