I have been reading a lot about how to get healthy and am feeling a little overwhelmed. Where should I start?
Great question. I have found a lot of people struggle with the same information overload. The hardest part of getting healthy is actually knowing where to start. There is so much information at our fingertips with the internet that it is hard to know what to listen to.
Add in all the self-proclaimed health gurus out there and it can be overwhelming. It seems all the information is conflicting when it comes to nutrition and fitness recommendations that I find a lot of people just give up.
There are two tips I give my coaching clients to follow:
- When it comes to nutrition, focus on eating more plants and cutting out processed food.
- When it comes to fitness, get moving doing whatever you enjoy.
Healthy living really is simple. I get so frustrated when all the “experts” out there try to make it so complicated such as you can’t eat these two foods together or you have to do this cardio exercise. I like to keep things simple and focused on what you do enjoy.
Here are some ways to get you started in my list of 8 sneaky ways to get healthy and fit without trying.
Makeover Your Kitchen
Healthy eating starts in the kitchen. If you continuously stock the unhealthy food, you will find yourself snacking on that more. Focus on stocking your pantry and refrigerator with healthy fruits and vegetables. Wash and cut your produce when you get home from grocery shopping to make the fruits and vegetables easy to grab and go!
Eat at Home
When you focus on eating your meals at home or making a brown bag lunch to take with you for work or school, you will naturally eat healthier. Fast food and even (surprisingly) sit down restaurants contain lots of unhealthy ingredients to make their food more appealing and taste better. When you eat at home, you naturally will be making food that is closer to being whole foods and less processed. You will be well on your way to healthier eating.
Co-op and Farmer’s Markets
These are great options for getting fresh whole foods you know are good for you. You won’t (readily) find processed foods by going through co-ops and farmer’s markets. Don’t be afraid to try something new either. I was so surprised when I started my healthier eating habits at how many vegetables that I thought were nasty, were actually rather yummy. I started out trying one new veggie each week.
We all enjoy the snacking. Make it healthy and combat your sweet tooth by reaching for fruits. When I first started getting rid of my unhealthy snacking habits and dealing with my sweet tooth, I probably went overboard with fruit. However, I felt amazing and now crave fruit over any cookies, cakes, etc.
The easiest way to include more exercise in your daily life, is to find friends who are active. You are influenced by those you keep the most company with. If you have friends that are not on board with your new healthy goals, it will be harder for you to stick with them. By having more active friends, you will find yourself drawn to more activities that will get you off the couch and moving more without realizing it.
Find an Active Hobby
Getting fit does not mean you need a gym membership. It simply means getting up and moving more during the day. The best way to find that healthy and fit lifestyle you love is to try out new active hobbies. Some examples are swimming, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Get creative. There are so many options out there. Don’t limit yourself. By finding activities you enjoy that get you moving, you will find yourself becoming a more active person naturally and having fun doing it! No gym required!
Ever heard of meetup.com? Awesome resource for finding local groups that are interested in activities or healthy eating that might appeal to you. They get together on a regular basis and enjoy getting healthy together. It is a great way to find support for your new healthy behaviors and enjoy your healthy and fit lifestyle!
Change up Your Workout
If you are more the workout type, I encourage you to change up your workout. Try out different types of DVDs or classes at your local gym. There are hundreds of different types of workouts that you can do. No excuse for being bored. Enjoy getting fit by including variety in your routine. Some favorites of mine include Turbokick, pilates, and Bodypump. If you don’t like one, try a different one.
Leave a comment below with one activity you enjoy that keeps you healthy and fit…