I’ve heard this phrase over and over again throughout the years. It’s usually followed up by someone saying they want to shed that stubborn belly fat and wondering what’s the quickest way to lose 10 pounds by next week. There is a reason that most all New Year’s resolutions fail, CHANGE IS HARD! It is too easy to fall back in to our bad habits when things get tough. Whether it is our tub of Bluebell or a binge watching session of Breaking Bad while eating a family sized bag of Doritos. Yes we’ve all done it, or done something similar to it at one time or another.
One thing we have to remember is that everyone is different and that our bodies all change in different ways throughout our life span. Life is a marathon, not a sprint and we have to prepare ourselves to make it the distance. Not by using the latest fat-burning cream or diet pill, but by eating right and exercising regularly. Some diets and pills are effective because they deprive your body of something, whether its carbs, fats, sugars etc. Our bodies don’t need to be deprived, our diets need to be moderated. Too much of anything can be a bad thing.
We also have to remember that we are all human and that we all make mistakes. We are going to slip up and eat those enchiladas with extra cheese, when we should have had the salad. It doesn’t mean that our entire diet is ruined, it just means that we need to get back on track. No one is perfect and no one diet is perfect for everyone.
So when making New Year’s resolutions, be sure to make them realistic. Don’t set the goal too high that you can’t reasonably reach it, only to give up a week later when you don’t look like the latest cover model on a fitness magazine. Set yourself up for success over the long haul by establishing a balanced diet that leans more towards lean meats and vegetables than sugars. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Whether that is riding a bike, power walking, taking an exercise class, hiking or hitting the gym. The better you take care of your body on a daily basis, the better it will perform for you for the remainder of your marathon!
Justin Bickford, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT