Do you feel overwhelmed?
If you feel overwhelmed with your ambitions of becoming fitter, losing weight, improving your well-being, energy levels and general quality of life then you certainly aren't alone.
There are a multitude of ways to improve your health and well-being. So much so that you couldn't possibly implement all of them and still have enough time to do what you need to do in your everyday work and personal life.
With hundreds of different exercise systems from Yoga, high intensity interval training, weight lifting, bodybuilding, running, cycling, swimming, Zumba, pilates and too many more to list here, it can feel daunting at what will suit you.
The same goes for the endless 'diets' or eating styles you can adopt. Paleo, low carb, high protein, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, dairy free, weight watchers, slimming world. You get the point. There is an insane amount of information out there for individuals to digest (pardon the pun).
The good news however is that just adding a few things can have a massive impact.
Ask yourself if you could choose one exercise system that you think you could stick to, then this is a great step in the right direction. For example, if your local gym offers affordable classes, why not give that a try? If you feel more comfortable exercising at home, choose a style of exercise and you can be rest assured that there are follow along YouTube videos for you to enjoy in your living room. Once you have stuck to this for a month, even just once a week then consider adding a second session. Another month and then add a third session or maybe try another type of exercise. Also, don't underestimate the power of simply walking more.
For nutrition, the message here is the same as for exercise. Keep it simple. Slightly reduce your portion sizes. Eat the same things, just slightly less and see what kind of impact that can have. If in doubt then reach out to your doctor and ask to be put on the list to speak to a dietician. It may take a while but being on the list is better than going round in circles. If you have a little extra income then reach out to a private dietician. Personal trainers can also be very valuable here in giving insight into a building a sustainable nutrition plan.
The key is to give yourself the opportunity to succeed. Adding too much too soon is only going to result in you being overwhelmed and ultimately giving up.
Start small, and build up initially. If you are struggling, reach out to me and I will point you in the right direction.
Health is wealth