Oftentimes in life when we want something we don’t currently possess, we must do things we don’t currently do to achieve our goal. Unfortunately, far too many times we just keep doing the same thing expecting for something to magically change.
Unless your name is Alladin and you just rubbed a genie out of a lamp, you may want to reconsider your approach.
Better health, more money, more fulfilling relationships, a greater level of happiness…all require CHANGE on your behalf. There is no one and no thing to do it for you. It has to come from YOU.
That being said, I know many people get paralyzed by not knowing what the next step should be, and end up doing nothing at all. Since my field of expertise is health and fitness, and the overwhelming majority of our population desires weight loss and an increased fitness level, below are some “simple” first steps to facilitating positive change to get the needle moving in the right direction.
Easily the greatest topic of contention and frustration in the health and fitness industry, nutrition is the gate keeper to weight loss. You can work out all you want, but if you’re not willing to do things differently with your diet, your weight and body fat goals will never come to fruition.
Going for the proverbial “low hanging fruit” is typically the best place to start. Instead of approaching things from a restrictive standpoint, I would like to suggest ADDING a few healthy habits instead.
These 3 simple habits can have an enormous impact on your waist line, your overall energy level, and most importantly, your health.
Now let’s use this same “low hanging fruit” approach to help increase your fitness level.
Your actions and behaviors simply can’t remain the same when it’s change you desire. You MUST do things differently, and not get trapped into inaction. Utilize the simple tactics above to begin making small, but measurable steps in the right direction.
If there is anything I can do to help you along your health and fitness journey, please let me know. I’d love to coach you to a happier, healthier existence!
It’s that super dee duper time of year again: Tax Season.
If you’re like many people, you feel increased stress around April 15. Tensions can run high from the pressure of getting the forms filed on time, or coming up with the funds to pay your (hopefully not too big) tax bill.
You owe it to yourself to keep your stress under control as much as possible. When your body is subjected to ongoing stress, unhealthy changes occur at the chemical level, and these changes can lead to food cravings and weight gain.
How does your body react to stress?When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. In small amounts, cortisol does not present a problem. But when the stress is chronic, such as during the weeks surrounding tax season, the concentration of cortisol in your body stays elevated with undesirable results.
For example, you will crave foods that will give you quick energy, such as candy bars and potato chips. Arguably tasty, but the presence of cortisol will cause many of these extra calories to be stored as abdominal fat.
You may also find it hard to eat in moderation while stressed because cortisol can interfere with the chemicals in your body controlling appetite.
Now for the good news…While you can never get away from all stress (nor would you want to), there are several strategies you can implement to keep it under control, thus tempering the effects on your body. Consider the following tips to outsmart stress in your life during tax season.
Use these stress-busting tips to get you through the 2019 tax season unscathed!
Looking aheadWe’ve all heard the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing expecting a different result. If you find yourself stressed about taxes EVERY SINGLE YEAR, here are a few things you can do to stop the madness.
Begin forming a plan to reduce the stress of next year’s tax time. Decide where you will keep the necessary paper work throughout the year, gather phone numbers and addresses you will need, check with your tax preparer to see if your withholdings are optimal, and start a list of notations you will need when tax day rolls around again. Make sure this is the last year that Tax Day causes you anxiety!
What do you do to relieve stress in your life? I’m always interested in new stress-busting tips! Leave a comment below.
In addition to coaching people to better fitness and nutrition, Marc enjoys writing and helping expand people's minds to live their best life.
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