at Health Zone can help you get started on the road to better health and fitness.
Depending on how big of a change you're making, researchers say that it takes approximately 21-66 days to form a habit via the neural pathways of the brain. Tell yourself you are going to "try" something for at least 21 days and the chances of continuing the activity are high.
Take an Active Role in Your Health
- Create a plan and make goals. Challenging yourself is key.
- Stay positive. Someone wise once said, "Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." Someone even wiser takes these words to heart.
- Ask questions. No one likes to stop and ask for directions. It is a hit to the pride, but, it is a choice. You can either continue to drive around aimlessly for time that you don't have, or you can ask for help and save yourself the time and stress.
- Seek accountability. We were not created to go through life alone. Whether it is a family member, friend, trainer or all three…reach out for help. Our desire is for you to be the best you can be and to do what it takes to help you reach your potential.
- Food factor and portion control. If you are just beginning to make nutritional changes in your life, a good way to do it is by decreasing the portion sizes of what you are eating now. This may allow you to still eat your "favorites" during the holidays, but just less of them. If you want to take it a step further and learn about correct servings sizes for types of food, explore ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Exercise aspect. Start slow and progress at a steady pace. Research shows you can make significant improvements in strength and muscular endurance starting with two exercise sessions per week. This is also an excellent way to prevent injury and disease.
- Mix it up, your body craves variety. Our body tends to adapt to the stress it encounters and when presented with the same activity/stress repeatedly, it may no longer feel challenged. No challenge often equals no gain. Combining aerobic exercise (running, swimming) with weight training produces excellent results and a great way to keep your body guessing.
- Be patient and persevere. "The body achieves what the mind believes."
~ Mandy Wright, Ph.D., Health Zone personal trainer
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Please call us with questions or to schedule a tour of our facility at 918-494-1671.