It’s the new year and most people try to make these crazy resolutions and it goes great for a week or two and then they are back to their old ways. The most common resolutions have to do with health (I have no statistic to back that up. I am totally making it up… it just seems that way.). We say we are going to exercise every day, quit smoking, go on a crazy healthy diet and other things that are too extreme to actually be successful.
I have a solution for you. Do it slowly. Don’t go crazy. ANY positive healthy change you make in your life will be an improvement. So don’t worry about having rock hard abs by the end of January. Unless you are already close to having them, it’s probably not going to happen. I’m sorry if that sounds negative, I just feel it being realistic.
Here are my ideas for you to be a healthier you in 4 weeks:
Week 1: Drink more water
Water is so good for you and people don’t drink enough of it! (including myself) For the first week, drink more water than you do now. When you wake up in the morning, drink a 8 oz. glass of water before you do anything else. Your body is craving it anyway at that time since it hasn’t had it all night long. You’ve now given your body a head start on the day. If you drink other ‘things’ through out the day, then drink a glass of water after each other ‘thing’ you drink. For instance, you drink a cup of coffee, then a glass of water, a coke, then a glass of water. Eventually, you will just cut out the coffee and coke (or whatever your drink of choice is) and water will be the bulk of what you drink, if not the only thing you drink.
To make this successful, try just adding one glass per day. So on day one of the week, drink the glass as soon as you wake up. On day two, drink the glass in the morning and then add a glass at lunch. On day 3, add another glass in the afternoon, and so on.
Week 2: Move your body
Notice I didn’t say, ‘exercise’. Sometimes just that word can do some weird things to your psyche. So, don’t use that word! Whatever you are currently doing to ‘move your body’, this is the week to increase that. If you are not moving your body at all right now, then this is the week to change that. Day one, go outside and walk up and down your street a couple of times. Walk for 5 minutes. If you want to be really hard on yourself, then walk briskly. The idea here is not to totally transform your body overnight. The idea is just to get on the right foot to get healthier. On day 2, go ahead and walk for 10 minutes. On day 3 increase it again. By the end of the week, it would be great if you were walking 30 minutes a day… twice a day if you are feeling spunky!
If you are already on the right track and exercise is already a part of your day/week. This is the perfect time to step it up a notch. Add another exercise to your routine. Increase your weight. Add another day to your workout, if you don’t do it every day. You get the idea, right? Do more. Now, if you are one of the people that do the P90X or Insanity videos, then you can’t really ‘do more’. So, my suggestion for you is to stretch more. Do more easy going movements and stretch out those muscles!
Okay, get started on those two for the first two weeks. I will be back with the last 2 weeks of your 4 weeks to a healthier you. I will post the second half of this post about half way through your second week, so you are ready to go!
Good luck on your health journey, and remember, any changes you make for the better, is a change in the right direction.
Where are you when it comes to these first two steps? How much water do you currently drink? How much do you currently ‘move your body’