Question: I am pretty set in my ways and I have a hard time changing old habits to benefit my health. Is there some kind of system I can use to help me change for the healthier?
Answer: First you have to identify the health and fitness goals you want to achieve. It helps to write them down. Then, identify the lifestyle changes you need to make to achieve these goals. Be sure that your lifestyle changes are not ones that seem impossible to you. Remember, you want to build success into your program. Here are some examples of clearly defined goals and the lifestyle changes that will help you achieve them.
Goal 1: I want to cut down on the amount of red meat I eat.
Lifestyle change: I will eat red meat only once a week and the rest of the time I will substitute chicken or fish.
Goal 2: I want to exercise more than I do now which is only once or twice a week.
Lifestyle change: I will set aside 3 weekday mornings where I will get up 45 minutes earlier to walk/jog. I will also exercise one hour on the weekend.
Goal 3: I want to cut down on my snacking so I can lose a little extra weight.
Lifestyle change: I especially like to snack during the evening hours so I will switch from potato chips and corn chips to a bowl of fresh fruit and a couple of whole wheat crackers.
Tailor these changes to your own special wants and needs and you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
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