Have you been yo yo dieting for most of your life, lost some weight, put it back on; got really fit then not been to the gym for months rinse and repeat? Then you got fed up of this so you’ve just given up and accepted that you will be unfit and overweight forever?
To be honest I have no problem with people who don’t want to be skinny, or who don’t enjoy the gym. The only thing I think you have a responsibility for is to be healthy-and that encompasses both from a body movement and a nutrition sense.
How you go about that can take many forms.
If you are overweight then there’s a good chance you aren’t eating as healthily as you could be. However if weight loss just stresses you out at the thought of it, why not instead focus on eating more vegetables, drinking more water but still enjoying your treats. This isn’t because it will help you to lose weight but because ensuring you get all the right nutrients into your body will give you the best chance of staying healthy-eating plenty of fruit and veg is the way to do this.
Ok, in terms of fitness you don’t need to be able to run a marathon but you need to be mobile enough to carry out your daily activities pain free, and to hopefully stay independently mobile into old age.
These aren’t about aesthetics they are about looking after your body so that you can hopefully prevent serious illness and remain independent into old age.
So, if it’s not your thing or you’re sick of the pressure; forget the weight loss and super fit and focus instead on adopting healthy habits to do just that-keep you healthy.
- Keep a 1 litre water bottle on your desk and try to get through it twice per day.
- Eat some fruit or vegetables with every meal.
- Do some form of activity 3-5 times per week. That can be anything from a walk, an exercise class or dancing around the kitchen with your kids, whatever you enjoy doing.
These aren’t unachievable things, and if you can try and incorporate them into your life as much as you can I promise you will feel fitter and healthier, you’ll find carrying those bottles of wine easier too…..