I worked as a personal trainer throughout college.
That job taught me that the absolute one thing everyone should do is take charge of his or her health.
Every single one of my personal training clients would always not only lose weight, but gain control of their lives as well. They’d be happier, confident enough to do things they loved, and every now and again were making more money because of the first two.
Now, I’m not saying you have to run and go join a gym right now (although I’m not saying you shouldn’t either), I’m just saying there are small changes you can make in your life to gain control of your health.
Too many people leave their families far too early due to preventable health complications. It’s a tragedy.
Here’s the secret though: health and fitness isn’t a huge thing. You don’t have to start working out for two hours a day. Jillian Michaels only does 30 minutes of a hard workout.
Some of the best changes are small ones.
Action steps today:
- Most people sit WAY too much. Every hour or so you should stretch. Get up, walk around, raise your hands to the ceiling, touch your toes, whatever works for you.
Here are some great ideas: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/08/05/undo-thedamage-of-sitting/
- Pre-cook your meals. The only way to combat the ease of fast food and restaurants is to make your meals in advance. There are thousands of recipes online you can make on Sundays, wrap up, and have food all week. I work at home and I do this all the time. When I’m hungry, it’s far too easy to just order some food, but having pre-cooked meals helps both my health and my wallet.
- Make quick decisions. Studies have shown that we only have a set amount of willpower in the day and the more decisions we have to make, the faster we deplete our willpower. This is why so many people struggle to go to the gym or eat a healthy dinner by the time the afternoon comes around. Automation is KEY. Don’t dwell on decisions: “What should I eat? Should I go to the gym? Where are my clean gym clothes?” Make these automated.
- Mentally purge every night. Write out EVERYTHING bothering you. Things that are bothering us will disturb our sleep, so tell your brain to purge them out.
- Mentioning sleep, you need more of it. Most people do not get enough sleep. I know, it can be hard with our hectic lives, but do everything possible to be in bed at a certain time.
Here are some more ideas: https://medium.com/swlh/nightly-routines-and-howto-sleep-hack-your-way-to-a-productive-morningd341d58f3c3c
- Get off the yoyo diets and focus on habits. The most common problem I encountered with most of my personal training clients when I worked at a gym, was keeping people from chasing the new shiny diet.
Sticking to one thing for a few months almost always brings more results than starting a new diet/routine, stopping it the next week, seeing some new TV show and starting a new diet.
Want to read the other daily tips? They can all be found here: https://rethinktherulebook.com/category/15-days-to-a-simpler-life/