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Want to Get Healthy? Try These Tricks

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Want to Get Healthy During Menopause?  Try These TricksYou’re going to do it. You’re determined to get fit and become healthier this year.

Do these words sound familiar? Is this the New Year’s resolution you made? If so, some tips for how to go about doing it may help you be successful this year.

It’s understandable that while you’re feeling enthusiastic, you may want to jump in with both feet and get going on creating a healthier lifestyle. Realistically, however, that’s not likely to work. Life has a way of getting in the way, and all the things that kept you from being fit in the past could continue to be an issue in the future. Menopause isn't helping either.

If you bite off more than you can chew, or try to make too many changes all at once, you could set yourself up for failure. So to help you out, here are some tricks for starting small so you'll have a better chance at long term success.

Work with your doctor to create a reasonable plan.

Following fad diets, doing extreme workouts, or taking a number of diet/weight-loss products can backfire and may even cause some serious side effects. Instead, work with your doctor to create a reasonable and safe plan for making better choices for better health. When it comes to weight loss and being fit, slow and steady wins the race.

Take the first step.

Even if all you do is take a walk down the driveway after work, taking that first step is a start. Tomorrow, you can add a couple more steps. Next week, a few more. From there, you can creatively work to add exercise into your day as you make changes and develop a regular exercise routine. Investing in a pedometer is one way to help you track your steps so you can challenge yourself to add a few more each day.

Skip that first calorie.

Drastically changing your diet may let you drop some pounds quickly, but you’re not likely to feel satisfied. The next thing you know, you’ll be cheating and putting those lost pounds right back on, increasing your muffin top. Instead of depriving yourself and making too many changes, start by leaving that last bite on your plate. Tomorrow, leave two bites. Over time, you can cut back on your portions while also swapping out empty calories and high fat foods for healthier choices. Skip the whipped cream, choose the lighter dressing, snack on fruit, fill your plate with more veggies than meat – the tricks are endless. The key is to try them one at a time and then make them part of your new, healthier diet.

Drink more water.

Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you may really be thirsty. Start drinking a glass of water before every meal. It may help you eat less while still feeling full. You can also save yourself a number of calories if you make water your go-to beverage instead of soda and other sweetened drinks. As a bonus, water can be a miracle menopause treatment.

Be accountable.

Making yourself accountable to someone can help you stay on track. You might find it helpful to join Weight Watchers or a similar group to keep you on track. Or, you may want to choose a friend, family member, or co-worker who will be an encouraging cheerleader without letting you slide. You can even create your own group so you can challenge and encourage each other. Whomever you choose for your accountability partner, also touch base with your doctor on a regular basis so she can be sure your diet and exercises are helping and not hurting your overall health.

Have fun.

If life becomes a drudgery, it’s harder to eat well and exercise regularly. So take some time to have fun. Go to a play, read a good book, start a new hobby – it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy it. For an added bonus, combine some fun with exercise by jogging on the beach, joining a dance class, walking your dog, or hiking with friends.

Serve others.

Serving others boosts your self-esteem which can give you the edge you need to stick to a healthier lifestyle. You can also volunteer in ways that burn calories. Standing to serve at a soup kitchen lets you burn calories while being a blessing to those less fortunate. Babysitting little ones gives a tired mom a break while you burn calories trying to keep up with their antics. Running errands for a neighbor or shut-in can add steps to your day while helping someone in need. Be creative – the opportunities are limitless.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-13-2017 - 05:08 PM


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