When it comes to losing weight and eating healthier diets don’t work for long. This, in large part, is because sweeping changes in eating habits and other lifestyle behaviors require a huge amount of conscious effort, or willpower.
Losing weight or making other healthy lifestyle changes boil down to repeatedly doing the behaviors that support these goals and eliminating those that don't. In other words creating good daily health habits! Diet's and extreme interventions don't work. Making small but effective incremental changes in your daily routine does. Here are five healthy habits that will support weight loss, weight maintenance, and help you to kick ass well into your golden years.
If you are like most women you value the precious time you have to care of yourself. So when you set aside that 30 or 60 minutes to exercise you want to be certain the time you spend is effective and will truly change your body for the better. You don’t want to waste your opportunity flailing around or doing junk cardio.
As a personal trainer, coach, mother, and woman I am very familiar with the tendency of women to put the needs of others first. It is an admirable quality and speaks to the strength and deep caring nature of women. I think, unfortunately, it is also a major stumbling block in the way of women becoming their best selves in the arena of their own health and fitness.
How healthy is your gut? This is NOT a sexy question. It should be of interest, however, if you are trying to lose weight, improve digestion, or simply optimize your overall wellness. Over the last couple decades scientists have been closely studying the bacterial gut environment, or microbiome. What they are learning is that our gut bacteria have critical functions that are key to good health.
I say this to myself and my clients fairly often. For me, at 55, it would be so easy to rationalize my bit of belly flab. I could just chalk it up to childbirth. I could (and did) blame it on the natural metabolic slow down that comes with age. I could keep telling myself there’s not much I can do. It’s not that bad anyway. But, the problem is, that’s a load of crap. And I knew it.