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The hardest part of beginning a new exercise regimen or healthier eating plan is in finding the effort and motivation to commit to something new.  So, what are the best ways to make a change and start leading a healthier lifestyle?

Your first step is to identify what your driving force is. I know you’ve heard it before. . . Your WHY! Are you planning on exercise and eat healthier to lose weight, to feel better or to have more energy?

Once you have identified your reason for wanting to transition to a healthier lifestyle you can now set goals. It has been shown that by having a goal to work towards your motivation stays higher.

If your main goal is to lose weight then set a goal to lose # pounds at a time. Instead of counting pounds lost set a goal to do what needs to be done consistently daily, for the week, and for the month. Once your first goal has been reached you want to add to it.

Also, you want to understand that starting a new routine will take time to adjust to.

This way you can either end up hurting yourself or losing your motivation.

The best way is to start slowly and allow your body to become accustomed to your new routine. This might include getting up a little earlier or making the effort to go out for a walk during your lunch hour. If walking during lunch is a goal you set for yourself you may also ask a couple co-workers to start walking with you too. Walking in a group can really help to keep you motivated and it never hurts to have a friendly challenge going on.

As you begin to take better care of yourself make a note of any small changes that you notice. This can include things like sleeping better, having more energy and just feeling healthier. These small changes can happen quite quickly and can be used as a great motivator. If you feel better in just a couple of weeks imagine how you will feel in two months from now?

If your goal is to get fit for health reasons then take the time to do some research on the benefits of your actions. Really understanding the benefits will help you stay focused and really help you achieve your goals.

To Your Health & Success,
Monica Bundy

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