Monday, February 2, 2009

12 REAL RICHES in Life (2 of 12)

REAL RICHES #2:Sound Physical Health
It makes sense that we cannot help others or be positive if we don’t have energy or are not healthy. Eating healthier and involving some physical activity into our lives is a great way to keep us healthy and motivated. Write down the foods you eat on a regular week. Make a few categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Desserts, Drinks. Take a look at the foods you eat and if you notice something that looks unhealthy, try to substitute that food with something healthier that you like or something new that you would like to try that is healthier. You don’t need to cut down on the amount of food, just try to find a substitute for one or two unhealthy foods that you eat or drink.

Keep it Simple
Make it a simple and easy transition so that you will be more likely to stick with it. If you drink cola everyday, try to substitute the cola with a diet cola or with a juice. Substitute your pudding dessert with sugar-free pudding or with jello. Find simple and easy alternatives.

Get Moving...Even a Little Bit Counts
Exercise is also very important and you should write down how much you exercise in a regular week. If you don’t do any exercise now, start with something simple and easy. Commit yourself to do 10 push ups a day or 20 jumping jacks or walk for 10 minutes after dinner. This is simple and will become a routine habit if you do it everyday for 30 days. It’s important to start slow and let your body adjust to the changes slowly, that way you are more likely to maintain your new routine. Also, if it is easy, you will motivate yourself to do more to improve. Exercise produces natural stimulants in our body that motivate us and give us energy to accomplish things. Another great way to get exercise is to start an active hobby. Take up golf, tennis, bowling, anything that is fun for you and gets you moving. Sit down today for 20 minutes and evaluate your current diet and exercise routine today.


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