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A healthier lifestyle in 5 simple steps

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP – CONFUCIUS

To some people the thought of being healthy, active, and ‘fit’ is so distant from their current reality that it seems nothing more than an abstract idea.

Fitness and healthy lifestyles are becoming more and more popular.  Everyone is getting involved; it’s awesome.  With the increased use of social media, along with typical advertising, the idea of being ‘fit’ can seem extreme.  Some of these ‘fitness fanatics’ take it to a new level and can be intimidating to someone fresh to the scene.  A healthy lifestyle can be frightening to someone new when they assume ‘healthy’ means giving up all of the things they like, drinking kale juice daily, grinding up flax and chia seeds, vegan diets, iron man races, rooms packed to the brim at fly wheel, and expensive daily personal training sessions. It doesn’t need to be that drastic, I promise.

I’m here to tell you it does not take extreme measures to introduce fitness and health into your lifestyle.  You can take small simple steps that will drastically change your life.

“Success is a journey, not a destination”

I’m going to outline some basic steps that ANYONE can take to introduce fitness into their life.  These steps are for the people just getting started; the ones who are hesitant to take the first step and unsure where to start.  Once you can adopt these things into your life you have the power to make the decision to continue your journey and keep improving, striving for more.  Maybe you will end up hiring a trainer, joining some group fitness, or even signing up for a charity 5k. But right now I just want to give you a push start to a healthier lifestyle.

Amelia’s Simple Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

  1. Become Active
    1. This can mean a number of things
      1. Walk daily
      2. Cleaning your house burns about 150-170 an hour
      3. play with your kids or pets outside
      4. group fitness class
      5. workout video in the privacy of your own home
      6. exercise with a friend
  2. Make Healthier Food Choices
    1. Cut out the obvious things from everyday (but still have them as a treat, or you won’t stick to healthy eating)
      1. Candy
      2. Soda
      3. Fried Foods
      4. Desserts
      5. excess alcohol
  3. Eat when you are hungry
    1. Don’t starve yourself, you are only slowing down your metabolism
      1. Chose healthy snacks high in protein, or almonds and raw vegetables if you crave the crunchiness
  4. Sleep
    1.  This is when our body repairs itself and rejuvenates all of the systems in our body
    2. Lack of sleep is linked with obesity along with increased stress and cortisol
      1. consistent sleep and wake times can help create a successful sleep schedule
  5. Drink lots of water!
    1.  Try to drink 8-10 8oz glasses of water daily.  (Coffee and Tea don’t count!!)
    2. As an adult your body is made up of 65% water
    3. Water flushes your system, keeps you hydrated, allows for efficient cellular reactions
    4. Hydration is necessary normal body functions

After adopting these habits into your lifestyle, I know you will feel better and be on your way to reaching your goals. The hardest part is getting started!

*If you are on medication or have a cardiac history always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Last quote, I swear..

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin” – Tony Robins

Amelia Sofis, M.S., ATC/L, PES, CSCSIMG_4987.JPG

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