The loss of vitality and health can be an insidious process. As children, we were full of energy and rarely stopped moving. We ate when we were hungry and slept when we were tired. We did what our bodies told us to do and then we became grown ups. Statistics show that the average person puts on 1-2 pounds per year from early adulthood through middle age. This occurs mainly because of lifestyle changes that transpire during the same timeframe. We leave school where we may have been involved in athletics. We begin careers that are demanding and result in less time to exercise or prepare meals at home. We resort to convenience foods that are often nutrient deficient and calorie dense on top of becoming sedentary. Next, add in marriage and family pressures to the mix. Time becomes scarce and valuable. Any extra time is spent working or with family not at the gym. If we could see the 50-year-old version of ourselves while we are in our 20’s things might be different. Instead we find ourselves overweight with less mobility and inflamed from our lifestyle choices. We know we need to change but often are confused about how to begin. Most commonly, it goes two ways. We change too many things at once or we change nothing because of indecision.
I want to share an example of making too many changes. Recently my son, who is in his late 20’s, decided he needed to lose weight that he had gained after college. He joined a gym close to his home and started a nutrition program given to him. He was counting calories, entering them into an app and monitored macronutrient percentages. He also started working out 5 days a week. Five big changes at once! I thought to myself this won’ t last and gently tried to lend a helping hand but I am only Mom. The fact of the matter is that a mostly sedentary person with a demanding job can’t stick with exercising 5 days a week, change their diet, count everything they eat and worry about macro percentages. Did he lose weight-yes, but after about 5 months he hated it. He admitted he couldn’t stand it anymore. He specifically mentioned that counting calories, eating the same things and worrying about hitting certain macro percentages was the too time consuming. Luckily, he took my advice and simplified.
There are many ways to make small changes so let’s get started. First pick something that you feel you can easily do consistently. Here are some ideas.
Once you become more physically active and eating better, energy improves and you feel better. Don’t think too hard about it and don’t be paralyzed by indecision. Pick something and be consistent. If you fail after the first week, take the change and make it smaller. Walk 1 flight of steps instead of 2. When you get stuck, hire a knowledgeable coach who can guide you. Small changes will build success and big changes will set you up for failure. Sustainable change is not the quick fix we want it to be, but a string of small changes added up to create success.
If you’re not involved with something that is improving your life and are ready to make a change in your health and vitality, start by setting up your Vitality Strategy Session! Our Pack is here to support you on your journey.