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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Make yourself a slave to good habits!


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I can hear the groans now. Scott's gone off on another unrealistic tangent that "regular people" can't do. I know, I know, you don't have the time. When the day is done you are just a shell of your former self...totally devoid of energy. Let's face it...we are all slaves to our routines and habits. These daily rituals help us get through the day. Make sure that you are a slave to healthy habits, not unhealthy ones. Here are some healthy activities that you should do each day:

  • Eat breakfast - I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it again, "Don't skip breakfast". A good breakfast sets the stage for a great day.
  • Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables - Few people eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. These foods provide the essential nutrients that our bodies need to be healthy and strong. They also tend to be very low calorie dense foods so they are great weapons in your weight loss arsenal.
  • 30 minutes of exercise - Someone a lot busier than you is taking the time to exercise, right now. No excuses. I know you're busy. Take 30 minutes each day to do something. Go for a walk. Stretch. Do some quick strength training. Go for a run. Take a yoga class. Try cardio kick boxing. Whatever floats your boat, but make sure you do something each day.
  • Drink more water - Water is necessary for each and every biological function. Don't shortchange yourself by being dehydrated. Aim to drink one gallon of water per day.
Remember, it's hard to start a new habit, but once it becomes a habit it will just be an everyday thing like brushing your teeth. Start making changes that will benefit your health and life, today!

"I am here out of habit."

Make sure "here" is where you want to be.

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Jason said...

I like the point you make about breakfast. I remember a friend complaining to me about being overweight. He said it wasn't fair. He explained that he never ate breakfast and had only a lite lunch. At the time, I figured that he just had unfortunate genetics.

Now I know better. Putting your body into survival mode is one of the best ways to encourage fat storage for the next famine.