I believe that learning to balance fitness, nutrition, and stress relief enhances the health and happiness in one's life. Although we all have different definitions of success, I truly think all of us feel the happiest when we are in balance. In my own experience and research, I have found that incorporating these three components – proper nutrition, a personally appropriate level of fitness and stress reduction techniques into almost every day of the week is the biggest and easiest step to achieve balance.
Baby steps are the key to achieving long term goals. Accepting yourself where you are currently and being ready to make changes that build on the positive things you are already doing is the most important step. From there, figuring out the priorities that will enable you to feel empowered to continue onward to your top 3 goals for your own optimal wellness is essential for achieving balance in your life.
Write down dates, times and activities you will do for workouts in your calendar at the beginning of the week so they are as solid as any appointment that you wouldn’t cancel or miss.
Strength training boosts metabolism, fat burning ability, muscle tone, posture, self confidence and immune system. Learning a full body routine you can do even 2 times a week will help you achieve these benefits.
Incorporate protein into every meal and snack you have. It helps your blood sugar stay more level thus decreasing fat storage, diabetes risk and hunger signals throughout the day. Start the day off with a hearty cereal and skim milk – look for a cereal with at least 5gms of protein and fiber. Add cheese, a handful of nuts, soybeans or an egg to a raw fruit or veggie snack in the mid morning and mid afternoon. Include meat or a source of protein with every lunch and dinner.