5 ways to kick-start your healthier lifestyle

Published On: Aug 13 2012 09:51:54 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2012 10:54:29 AM CDT
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By Pure Matters

Trying to wrap your head around making a lifestyle change can be overwhelming. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lot of time waiting for the perfect moment to get started. When will you have more time? When will it be more convenient? Why not enjoy that big buffet on vacation and then get started? These are all roadblock questions that prevent us from getting to the real solution: starting now.

Here are five easy tips to get you going on your healthy lifestyle change right now:

Start Tracking
When it comes to weight loss and fitness gains, knowledge is power. Begin a food and exercise journal to keep track of what you put in your body and what you’re doing on a daily basis to get your heart rate up. Even if you don’t make a change right away, tracking gives you the insight into what you may be doing wrong. Use good old-fashioned pen and paper or one of the many online/application programs like MapMyRun.com to log everything.

Plan Ahead
Missing meals or picking what to eat based on what may be most convenient can sometimes leave you with low blood sugar levels or feeling regretful after the fact. Avoid those “Why did I eat that?” feelings by setting aside time at the beginning of every week to plan your meals and exercise routines for the next seven days. You’ll be amazed at how effective it is to be prepared.

Take Your Vitamins
There are a lot of supplements out there and knowing which ones to take might leave you confused before even getting started. Keep things simple by taking a high-quality multi-vitamin like the Pure Matters Multi-Vitamin Essentials to prepare your body with the proper nutrition and immune system boost you need to get going in the right direction.

Set Goals
Whether they are big or small, competitive, short-term or long-term, having goals to focus on and strive towards helps align the mind and body. Visual progress in the form of weight loss, faster mile times, or even that little bit of muscle definition peeking through, are all the encouragement we need to stay committed to healthy lifestyle changes (not to mention they make things fun!).

Get Your Rest
Feeling healthy and being energized to train hard both start with a good night’s rest. Discipline around the dinner table or on the treadmill is one thing, but knowing when to turn off your phone and unplug is another. Listen to your body when it’s tired and get a full night’s sleep all week to keep feeling energized each day.

As you get started, remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day–and neither was your body. Be fair with your expectations at first and with a little patience and discipline, you’ll notice you’re on your way to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

–Tom Caruso

Source: http://blog.purematters.com/fitness/5-ways-to-kick-start-your-fitness-makeover-guest-post

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