Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Prepare for change

Change is not always comfortable or easy. Adding physical activity to your life requires both time and energy. Where will the time come from? How will you summon the energy? Make a concrete plan for fitting exercise into your life, then take a critical look at your plan. Is it realistic? People beginning the new year often overestimate their powers, and underestimate the time and energy required to stick to their resolutions. If your goals are too unrealistic (you probably won't lose 30 pounds in 30 days), you will quickly be disappointed.

Set attainable goals. For example, many experts recommend that instead of a weight-loss goal, make your goal the lifestyle change itself: enjoying daily physical activity and eating less junk. If you are successful in achieving these daily goals, the weight loss will gradually follow.

You may wish to get some help as you prepare for change. Find out about opportunities for physical activity in your community and at work. Consider taking an exercise class, joining a fitness center or working with a personal trainer. Ask a friend or family member with similar interests to join you. If you have health concerns, talk to your healthcare provider before increasing your level of vigorous physical activity.

Most of all,remember to have fun on your journey to good health.

Until next time,

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