Many people start working out either to look better, or for health reasons. Very few people do it for internal reasons. SO what’s your reason for working out?? Is it so you can “eat whatever you want, look better in your jeans, and attract a mate; then you might reconsider why you are going.
When you start an exercise program or change your diet, it may seem like you’re giving up so much – your time, your favorite foods and the life you’ve always known.
Some of the main ways to encourage yourself to workout is to focus on the positive. Here are some positive aspects of working out.
- You feel more energized when you are done.
- You are doing something for YOURSELF
- You are more mentally stable when working out regularly.
” Exercise doesn’t take time out of your life it adds life to your time.”
Eating healthy is a huge part of health and fitness. It’s also the hardest part about changing your body.
Can You Enjoy Healthy Foods?
Here’s what will happen if you keep maintaining that healthy diet:
- Your priorities change. The way your body feels after a healthy meal will become more important to you than the instant pleasure of having something loaded with fat or sugar.
- You’ll enjoy healthy food. Take it from the Junk Food Queen I used to be, you can live without chips and Cokes and you’ll gladly give those things up once you experience how your body feels after healthier meals.
- You’ll still enjoy your favorite foods. The only difference is the frequency. Now, instead of having it several times a week, you might indulge once or twice a month.
- You’ll get rid of the guilt. By not indulging every time you want a treat, you’ll savor it even more.
- You’ll see food in a different light. Food becomes fuel rather than something that controls your life. If you exercise, you’ll learn very quickly how food affects your workouts. Eating a heavy, fatty meal makes you tired and your workouts suffer. Soon, you’ll want better workouts which will motivate you to eat better.
- You’ll become more adventurous. Eating healthy often opens the door to more options than you usually give yourself. You’ll try new vegetables and grains and experiment with herbs and flavors you’ve never tried.
- Your friends and family will benefit. Even if you’re the only one eating healthy, those habits rub off on others. Being a good role model for your kids or co-workers is one way to teach them how to live healthy.
- You’ll have tools to deal with temptation. Healthy eaters are much better at avoiding the usual pitfalls like party foods or overloaded buffets. They make an effort to eat regular meals so they’re not starving, fill up on healthy foods first to eat less of the bad stuff, and choose a few quality treats to enjoy instead of everything in front of them.
These changes come over time, sometimes weeks, months or years of slowly working on your habits and choices. Allowing yourself this time is crucial for permanently changing how you look at food and healthy eating (source).
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)