Small Steps Lead to Healthy Life!


Question: I need to begin to work out, train actually, as you put it, but my time is limited. My stress levels are high; I need to lose weight for my health and I just don’t feel good anymore. How do I make time to take care of myself? I want to make sure I am independent as I grow older.

Answer: Being independent is a huge motivator as we age and since youth is wasted on the young, we don’t realize it, usually, until it is too late. Health-related issues will begin to affect our lives more as we age and too often, it’s too late to do any other than damage control. Being aware that we need to do something is one thing. Actually doing what we need to do is another.

A cardiac specialist observed one of his patients outside smoking as the patient left the office and remarked that people will not change until the discomfort of remaining the same is greater than the discomfort required to change. Politics aside, health care is changing, and taking charge of your health by training, both resistance and cardio, drinking water and making better food choices is the best defense for agerelated illness.

No matter how the medical field decides to spin it, obesity is not a disease; it is usually a choice. Take a hard look at how you actually spend your time. How much of it do you spend in social media? How much time do you spend being entertained, whether it’s sitting watching other people compete in sports, or simply watching any of the hundreds of shows available for viewing at practically any hour?

There is nothing wrong with some entertainment and unwinding, but too often, we plan how we use our time around what we are doing to be entertained.

You can take as little as 10-minute segments in your day and work out. Literally walk up and down the stairs in your building or close the door and do pushups, squats and sit-ups. Stretch, jump rope; it doesn’t matter

 Just Move!

It can begin as activity. It won’t be fun at fi rst, but continue each day and you’ll begin to notice you do feel better. Then you’ll take more time to work out instead of just working a little activity into your day. As you continue to do that, you feel even better. As you alter the intensity of your workouts, it becomes training. At that point, you begin to really question some of the things you eat because so much effort goes into your training. Why deter that effort with a doughnut, fast food, soft drinks or alcohol? Small steps will alter your patterns, and it all begins with a decision to be better. Build on that fi rst step and in less time than you think, you’ll have your health back. Someone with health issues focuses on those issues. Someone with good health focuses on everything else.

God bless and keep training,