If it has been awhile since you involved yourself in a health fitness program, or even if you have never really been active, it can seem like an almost impossible task to begin. With some hard work and endless motivation, you can work through it and be successful!
Recognize Your Goals
One of the most common reasons for seeking a lifestyle change is that you want, or need to, lose body weight. If you are overweight or obese, you are probably suffering from ill effects of carrying extra pounds. You have also probably tried to lose weight before. Losing pounds can be a challenge, but completely worthwhile and doable with the right program and attitude. You need to develop a plan that includes physical activity and healthy eating, and continuously stick to this regimen.
Maybe it’s not really pounds you need to lose, but you want to gain muscle mass and tone your body. Muscle fitness is an important piece of overall health, and it can prolong your lifespan, as well as guard against some health risks (such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and others).
If it is overall well-being that you seek, then weight management and muscle tone both play a part in that. In fact, physical fitness and well-being work together to form an ideal picture of health.
If you have tried to lose weight before and were unsuccessful, it may seem hopeless, or impossible, to even try again. However, if you now have serious health issues to consider, it is vital that you do try again.
The first step is to talk to your doctor about what options may be available to you (to jump start your process). Depending upon your weight, risks, and current health, you might be eligible for weight stomach reduction surgery. There are a few different types of this procedure, and the two of you would have to figure out what works best for you.
Another option to consider with your doctor is prescription weight loss pills. Again, this will depend on your individual circumstance, but may initiate your weight loss process.
Once you have even a small success, it will be much easier to work through the challenges, because now you have some motivation and encouragement.
If you don’t qualify for surgery or prescription pills, it’s time to look at other ways to achieve some success. This may mean joining a weight loss program that requires some accountability (and also offers lots of support). That support could take the form of weekly meetings and weigh-ins, and include a meal program that makes it easier for you to eat healthy.
You might opt for something less formal, such as enlisting the support of family or friends. It will be important to find someone whom you trust and will also help you to be accountable. This person will motivate you to regularly go to the gym and ensure you stick to a healthy eating regimen.
No matter how you choose to go about improving your health and fitness, it takes commitment, desire, and the belief that you absolutely can make it happen!