January is here again and for some people it means a time of regret.
With the November festivities quickly turning into the pressure of finals and the overwhelming excitement of the holidays, it’s soon New Year’s and realization hits. Where did this excess weight come from? Why is this mile harder to run than it was a month ago? What on earth did November and December do?
Most people feel this way. It’s not uncommon for the average person to gain at least two pounds during the holiday season. Stress tends to cause people to overeat, along with the abundance of sugary treats invading most American homes between November and December.
What many people struggle with is the feeling that getting back into shape has to be more complicated than it really is. While there are vast amounts of diets floating around on the internet, multitudes of gym memberships and many Jenny Craig registrations being sold each day, the truth is simple: getting back into shape is something that can be done on the specific terms and particular pace of each individual. Follow these simple steps:
First, realize the body is still in holiday mode. It’s still carrying those holiday treats. Detoxing the body of all those empty calories and the sugar overload is the most productive way to get ones eating habits back on track.
Now, this doesn’t mean an unsafe, no-eating diet or a juice cleanse. It means to stop eating the foods that got the body to where it doesn’t want to be. Try eating most of the daily carbs in the morning and sticking to fruits, vegetables and proteins in the afternoon and evening.
Don’t be unrealistic. Allow a cheat day, or even just a cheat meal if a whole day seems too much. Don’t overload the body, take small steps and work towards a bigger goal. Detoxing the body isn’t about losing weight, it’s about eating right and being healthy.
Exercise is another productive way to get the body back to where it was before. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring; running on a treadmill at the gym isn’t the only way to get that workout in. Find what works. Whether sneaking a quick workout before class or waiting until the evening to train, there is no ‘right’ way to exercise.
Health & Fitness Magazine suggests, “Cut your workout into two. For example, 15 to 20 minutes in the morning and 15 to 20 minutes in the afternoon/evening will keep your metabolism revving.”
Each person has a different body type. While running might not be ideal for specific body types, try to walk to school or work every once in a while. Don’t overwork the body. Start with a couple times a week, and work from there.
Finally, don’t get discouraged. Take at least two months before even evaluating what the change is. If worry is attained based on the number on the scale, or the fit of the pants, backtracking may be inevitable. Stress and anxiety causes more harm to the body than most people realize.
While it’s not preferred, failure can happen. Stay at it, because hard work produces worthwhile outcomes.
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