One’s understanding and motivation of physical activities and nutrition can determine one’s health. Yet obstacles like little time to work out and lack of money to buy healthy foods can impede an individual’s healthy habits. Often, where you live and work influences your activities and eating habits. Plus, an individual’s genetic makeup and abilities/disabilities can greatly impact one’s health.
Let’s be real, one can be captive to these obstacles or inspired to overcome through discovering what is important and valued in serving. For example, if you were 10 pounds lighter, how would walking up stairs or moving classroom chairs feel different? How would you feel if you did not experience your typical winter sinus infection or flu symptoms? What about possessing the physical and motivational energy you need to connect with someone needing spiritual support? Are these and other healthy side effects worth the time and effort needed to be healthy?
So what are some options? Pick one or two of these ideas to fit into your schedule.
- cook and store several nutritional meals at one time, to be used for lunches, snacks and dinners.
- if you snack, store you office desk with healthy carbohydrates to give you energy rather than fatty, sweet or salty that leave you wanting more.
- after eating several limited calorie meals in a row, have a “cheat” meal that you enjoy.
- the next time you cook, add up the calories you plan to consume and remember it takes 10 minutes of aerobics to burn 100 calories.
- when under pressure or stress, drink 1/2 glass of water and/or take a brief walk to cope rather than eating.
- break up exercise sessions into two 15 minute sessions, such as before you shower, after lunch or walking the dog.
- exercise with a friend, meet a friend at a gym and/or consider activities you did in your early twenties.
- purposefully talk to others about their activities they find helpful and try them out one at a time.
- at night, set out your exercise clothes near your bed as a reminder and motivator.
What health obstacles will you overcome today?