10 Ways To Be A Little Bit Healthier Today

by Kilo on July 6, 2011

Over the last few years I’ve seen a lot of people make fitness resolutions and then fail to keep them. My dad is one habitual offender who is a good example. The reasons for his eventual burnout are always predictable, and I see them in many other people as well.

It is the “all or nothing” attitude. When my dad–in his early 50s–decides to go back to the gym, he goes “super hardcore.” Then he is basically in traction for a month. When he decides to “eat better” it’s “I’m absolutely going to starve myself.”

Results are minimal and typical.

Believe it or not, there is a middle ground. A whole lot of it. Progress is made in increments, and lost in the same way.

Just because the increments are small does not mean they shouldn’t be celebrated. It just takes a lot of small achievements to equal statements like “I lost 50 lbs” or “I put 200 lbs on my powerlifting total” or “I’m now in the 1000 pound club.”

Today, for all of you fitness and strength training nuts, I just want to provide some very simple suggestions. These are tiny actions that you can take. They may not make you healthy or strong right away, but they can make you healthier or stronger than you were yesterday.

Repeat them enough and you’ll reach your goals.

  1. Take the stairs. If you can’t walk a whole flight, walk up a few stairs, then walk back down. Increase when possible.
  2. Walk at lunch. The distance doesn’t matter. If you’re like most people you probably don’t walk much.
  3. Walk with weight when that gets too easy.
  4. Eat smaller portions than you’re used to, even if it’s only for one meal. Start wherever you can. You really don’t need to eat 12″ of anything.
  5. Sit less. Get up and move around.
  6. If you spend all day typing, spend some time in the opposite plane, move your arms around behind your back. It feels good.
  7. Read something health-related. Knowledge doesn’t make you healthy on its own, but it doesn’t hurt.
  8. Watch less TV. How much less? Just less. Start with one minute if you have to.
  9. Sleep a little bit more. Go to bed a little bit earlier or get up later if possible.
  10. Try an exercise you’re unfamiliar with.
  11. (Bonus!) teach someone else what you’re doing.

And if even this list seems like a lot to tackle all at once, don’t tackle it all at once. Pick a few, or one. Do what you can do.

K.

 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris July 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Excellent ideas.

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Patrick Tracy July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

Good stuff. Thanks.

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John Sifferman July 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Every little bit helps!

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