Post Date: Saturday, November 02, 2019
Are you thinking about being more active? Have
you been trying to cut back on less healthy foods? Are you starting to eat
better and move more but having a hard time sticking with these changes?
Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a
process that involves several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes
become new habits. And, you may face roadblocks along the way.
Adopting new, healthier habits may protect you
from serious health problems like obesity and diabetes. New habits, like healthy eating and regular physical activity,
may also help you manage your weight and have more energy. After a while, if
you stick with these changes, they may become part of your daily routine.
New habits may help you look better
and have more energy.
Contemplation: Are you
thinking of making changes?
Making the leap from thinking about change to
taking action can be hard and may take time. Asking yourself about the pros
(benefits) and cons (things that get in the way) of changing your habits may be
helpful. How would life be better if you made some changes?
Think about how the benefits of healthy eating
or regular physical activity might relate to your overall health. For example,
suppose your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is a bit high and you have
a parent, brother, or sister who has type 2 diabetes. This
means you also may develop type 2 diabetes. You may find that it is easier to
be physically active and eat healthy knowing that it may help control blood
glucose and protect you from a serious disease.
also find tips to help you improve your eating, physical activity habits, and
Look at the lists of pros and cons below. Find
the items you believe are true for you. Think about factors that are important
Preparation: Have you made up your mind?
Once you have made up your mind to change your habits, make
a plan and set goals for taking action. Here are some ideas for making your
more about healthy
eating and food portions
more about being physically
-healthy foods that
you like or may need to eat more of—or more often
-foods you love that
you may need to eat less often
-things you could do
to be more physically active
activities you like and could do more often, such as dancing
After making your plan, start setting goals for putting your
plan into action. Start with small changes. For example, “I’m going to walk for
10 minutes, three times a week.” What is the one step you can take right away? If you are looking for guidance in changing your habits, The Bridges Sports Centre can help you with your exercise and nutritious goals. Call us today at 858-759-6075!