Slowing Down for Better Health
By Donna Stark
One important piece of advice my mother gave me about life was to take it slow, but that can be hard, can't it? It is so easy to get caught up in the fast-paced world we live in today. It seems that everyone is keeping themselves busy just for the sake of staying busy, doesn't it? We are all racing against the clock and instant gratification is at an all-time high, but just because that's the new normal for so many people, it doesn't mean we should automatically subscribe to that type of lifestyle. Not every situation needs to be rushed. Sometimes, taking your time is the right approach and this couldn't be truer than when you are trying to find success with all of your health and fitness goals.
Patience for Optimal Health and Fitness
The path to optimal health and fitness isn't going to be a short walk from the sidewalk to your front door. Instead, you are looking at miles of road to cover, so don't be in such a rush! Barring any emergency medical treatments, you can't rush good health and optimal fitness anyway, so you may as well enjoy the process and acknowledge that it could take longer than what you expected! Here are a few examples of how a slower journey may be more beneficial.
- Achieving goals - Changes to your overall fitness level or weight won't happen overnight. In fact, they probably won't even happen in a couple of days, either! It's important to set realistic goals when it comes to major changes and to give yourself plenty of time to reach them. And if you are unsure of how to get the results you want, ask for help.
- Working out - No matter what your motivation is, if you want to maintain consistent and ongoing results, you are going to need more than a couple of weeks of exercise. Progression requires an increase in intensity, and that takes time to achieve. It's important to keep your body challenged throughout the entire process, which you can do by increasing the weight you lift, the distance you run, or the number of sets you complete.
- Eating clean - If your eating habits mimic the busy lifestyle you lead, you may be doing yourself and your goals a huge disservice, so skip the fast food and slow down when it comes to your diet. Take the time to shop for whole, natural foods and get creative in the kitchen! Make a healthy breakfast every morning, pack your lunches, and sit down with the family for some homemade dinners.
You shouldn't rush things when it comes to your overall health and wellness, but you should start slowing down as quick as you can. So don't delay. It may end up being one of the best decisions you can make!
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