No matter where you are in your fitness regime, there are always improvements to be made. It may be a small change in diet or adjustments to your exercise plan. In the majority of cases, you don’t need to overhaul your whole way of life. In fact, research shows that doing too much too soon may have a negative impact on motivation down the line. The advice is to start small and make tiny achievable adjustments. Even the smallest changes can have a big impact.
Set Some Goals
The first step when making any changes of this nature is to establish a few goals. If you’re not clear on what you intend to achieve, it will be difficult to create real change. In order to establish your goals, you’ll need to review your current status. Where are you right now? What are the positives in your health and lifestyle? What is working? What are the areas of improvement?
When setting your goals using the SMART acronym can help. This stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed.
Your desk job may seem quite safe. You don’t use dangerous machinery or work with hazardous materials. And you’re not exposed to dangerous people. However, your desk job could be killing you. Sitting down for several hours a day, without periods of activity, can lead to several serious conditions including blood clots, obesity, high blood pressure, etc. However, there are ways to counteract this. Taking regular breaks is one of them. At the absolute minimum, you should take a short break every hour. This should involve standing up and walking around for a few minutes. And if you really want to kickstart your fitness levels, consider asking your boss for a treadmill desk. This will allow you to work while exercising at the same time.
If you work at an office across several floors, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re on the ninth floor, this may seem impossible. After all, you don’t want to arrive at work each morning a panting, sweaty mess. We’re just talking about tiny changes here. So, try getting off the elevator at an earlier floor and walk the rest of the way. It’s surprising how quickly your fitness will improve.
Another simple lifestyle change you can make is to your daily commute. There are several ways you can alter this to allow for more exercise. Depending on distances you could walk or cycle to work rather than taking the car or public transport. If the first option is too much of a jump, try combining the two. Take the bus or train part way and then walk/cycle for the rest of the route. Even getting off one stop earlier will be of value.
Addressing A Bad Habit
If you have unhealthy habits such as eating too much sugar or drinking too much at the weekend, instead of a full-on diet, try making small changes. For example, cutting down the number of alcoholic drinks you consume, rather than stopping completely. Some people find that alternating alcoholic beverages with water or sugar-free drinks is beneficial. If you have a habit of eating cakes or chocolate in the evening, try changing your routine a few nights a week and doing something different. Save cakes and chocolate for the odd sweet treat.
Change doesn’t have to be big. A few carefully chosen baby steps are all it takes to improve your lifestyle and lead a longer and happier life.