Isn’t it time to kick you wellness program into gear? January 1st is a good date to resolve to adopt of wellness program to get a little healthier every day in 2018.
It’s Time to Kick Off Your New Wellness Program
It’s very easy to ignore our health. Life seems to just take over and we don’t make the time to plan to eat healthy. Then we’re left with unhealthy options that are not part of a good wellness program.
Why not make 2018 your year to kick off a sustainable wellness program?
As we start the new year, I urge you to make 2018 a year in which you prioritize your health. Our health is so important, even more important than the day-to-day tasks that keep us hopping all day. When we’re ill, we are incapable of doing anything and quickly realize that good heath is a valuable gift. Our bodies are quite remarkable and they can take a lot of abuse. But, at some point, your body will break down if you don’t put good food into it and move it on a regular basis.
Prioritize Good Nutrition in Your Wellness Program
As you commit to your new wellness program, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, exercise will not get you there. Do you need to exercise? Yes, it’s absolutely necessary for good health. But, don’t make the common mistake of joining a gym and expecting that you will burn enough calories to achieve your weight loss goals. The fact is that exercise just doesn’t burn that many calories.
Nutritionists subscribe to the 80/20 Rule. This percentage is shorthand for the fact that your weight is determined 80% by what you eat and only 20% by exercise. That’s why making healthier food choices and decreasing potion sizes are the keys to a successful wellness program.
Some Tips for a Good Wellness Program
Here are 12 helpful tips from Jackie Wright, owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness in Granby, Colorado. She is a health and fitness professional who holds a B.S. in Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources from George Mason University and is a certified as a group exercise instructor.
Nutrition Tip #1:
Begin 2018 with a clean slate. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator leaving only the essentials. All of the special treats of the holiday season should be left behind in 2017.
Nutrition Tip #2:
While many of us have ditched the sugary sodas they intake, be aware that many sports and energy drinks are also loaded with sugar. Drink plain water instead. Even if you are exercising for 90 minutes you don’t need anything more. Rigorous exercise exceeding 90 minutes may require electrolyte replacement. Just read the labels carefully to check the sugar content.
Nutrition Tip #3:
Avoid vilifying macronutrients. Often clients will state that they avoid consuming all carbohydrates. Don’t make this mistake. Complex carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of fuel and give us the energy we need to function. Just avoid the white carbs, which are devoid of nutrition.
Nutrition Tip #4:
Concentrate on food portions. Measure a portion, enjoy that portion and then get on with your day. Good rules of thumb are the size of your fist or deck of cards represents a serving of protein such as chicken or fish and the size of a golf ball represents a serving of nuts.
Nutrition Tip #5:
Keep fresh fruit and veggies accessible in a bowl on the kitchen countertop. Or place them front and center in your refrigerator so you see them when you open the door.
Nutrition Tip #6:
Bring your lunch or dinner to work. Healthy portions of leftovers, salads and steamed vegetables are ideal options for meal time at your place of work.
Nutrition Tip #7:
Eat breakfast. Those who eat breakfast tend to maintain their body weight over time and manage their blood sugar levels more effectively throughout the day.
Nutrition Tip #8:
Practice mindful eating. Take your time and truly enjoy your meals. The time you take to leisurely dine may slow down the consumption pace and may allow you to notice when you’re full.
Nutrition Tip #9:
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Keep in mind that one glass of wine consumed daily will add ten pounds in a year.
Nutrition Tip #10:
Consult with a certified nutritionist if you need expert on a healthy diet or outside accountability.
Nutrition Tip #11:
Let the buyer beware is a prudent strategy. There are dozens of bogus food products and quick weight loss programs just waiting to take advantage of an uninformed consumer.
Nutrition Tip #12:
Consume a wide variety of tasty and nutritious foods. Be adventuresome and try new fruits and vegetables and test out some fun recipes.
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