Jessica Waytashek, Omada Health
Starting the process of living a healthier lifestyle can seem like an overwhelming task. You might find yourself wondering if you are eating the right things, exercising enough, eating too much, eating too little, what about that party next weekend or the camping trip coming up. Our minds have the incredible ability to be our best friend or our worst enemy. We can be mentally defeated before we even start. This is why it is important to have a support system in place when we decide that we are finally going to take action and move forward with putting our health first. If you are joining one of the many groups of the Crow Wing Energized – Your Energized Year Challenge, you have a support system in place right away. Your group shares a similar bond – you all want to improve your health through changing your lifestyle.
If you are not able to attend the sessions offered, you can always take action at home to change your lifestyle. If you are wondering what the difference is between a diet and a lifestyle, it is simple! You can quit a diet at any point, but you can’t quit a lifestyle. We continually try to improve our choices and actions. It is natural to have slips along the way, that is what makes us human.
Start with small changes and keep moving forward with new healthy habits as you master each one. Here are some ideas to get you started:
-Plan meals around produce and protein
-Track your food with an app such as MyFitnessPal or LoseIt!
-Reduce your reliance on fast and processed foods
-Pass on high carb options, added sugars and unhealthy fats
-Work up to at least 150 min of moderate to vigorous activity every week
-Put a high priority on your eating and activity plans, nobody will do this for you
-Connect with a friend, family member or support group that you can rely on during tough times
The journey to good health can be compared to a road trip. On a road trip you will have detours, pit stops, a flat tire here or there but you don’t just give up on the trip. You take a closer look at the map, make route corrections, do some routine maintenance, repair any broken parts and get right back on the road. That is the important thing – you keep on going. The same has to be true of our journey to improved health.