Life gets better by change, not chance- Fit Training Blog for Women 40, 50 and Beyond

January 7, 2015

Remember the rotary dial phone?  The cassette or 8 track tape?  Crank car windows or channel dial on your television?  Sure, you might be laughing about these relics of the past, but these gems hold the keys to your future, too.

 

You see, change is inevitable, and whether you embrace it or try and avoid it, it’s happening.  You need only peek into the mirror, try on last season’s jeans or compare your medical tests from five years ago to clearly see how your body is changing, too.  Maybe not exactly for the better. 

 

The cool thing is that you can choose to be healthier and fitter, by making some simple changes- today.  A business mentor of mine is apt at saying “hope is not a business strategy”; and it’s not a personal health and fitness strategy, either. 

 

You got the hang of taking photos on your cell phone, downloading music to a digital device and using your cars’ cruise control; you can change the way you approach nutrition and exercise, too. 

 

You can make your life better by change.  Small changes in your food choices and exercise habits.  It’s a New Year, and it’s your time.

 

Here are three things you can do today to make changes to improve your life tomorrow:

 

  • Eat less white foods.  You know them and love them.  White pasta, potatoes, rice, and bread- they all act like sugar in your body.  Eat one LESS white food a day to start- become aware of how much refined carbohydrates you do eat and work to replace with unrefined grains.  Wheat bread, quinoa, brown rice and sweet potatoes are great!

 

  • Move more in small spurts.  In their book, The Spark, the authors recommend 15- 10 minute bouts of activity a week (to equal the recommended 150 minutes of exercise everyone needs).  You have 10 minutes a few times a day, I know you do!

 

  • Eat more fiber.  A number of studies have shown that a daily five to ten gram increase of fiber rich foods will decrease your risk of diabetes and some cancers from 19-37 percent.  Unfortunately, your diet may only include half the recommended amount- boost the fiber with legumes, fruits, vegetables and the already mentioned whole grains!

 

Need a change agent to help you reinforce your commitments for 2015?  I’m just a click Linda@Fittraining.net or call 203.877.5270 away.

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