FB-Pic-TempletIt can be daunting to get off the couch and begin a lifestyle change to better your health. I know it was for me too. For years I was in denial about my health. I justified my weight gain because, after all, I was still walking 18 holes of golf instead of riding in a cart. Walking has to be good for you, right? Golfing is a sport too.

Although I was walking my health was still going south. I was packing on an extra 50 lbs. One of my clients, who I hadn’t seen in years, saw me and said, “You look fat. What happened?” I didn’t know how to answer him.

Then my dad died of cancer and I finally realized I needed to do something.

While I had some serious motivation, I don’t think you’ll need as much to really get going. It will take some willpower but if you follow these steps I think you’ll be off the couch and into smaller jeans before you know it.

  1. Identify your goals.

    It would be wise to at least write your goals for your health so you’ll know where you’re going. A wise man once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there.” It may be to a certain weight or to get off your medications. Perhaps it will be to sleep better and have more energy. Maybe even a dress or pants size. What ever it is, write it down and check it often.

  2. Start with Nutrition as the Main Solution

    I totally believe you are what you eat. Most people’s diets plain suck. Follow my food rules for some ideas. I also highly recommend you nutritionally cleanse to get rid of the toxic matter in your cells that are making it difficult for you to burn fat.

  3. Get some easy and fun exercise to start

    I think a lot of people don’t start because they don’t see themselves in some group fitness boot camp getting humiliated because you’re the new kid on the block and don’t want to look stupid in class. It’s important to move though. Your lymphatic system needs the movement to remove waste from your body. You can even walk at a pace that will break a sweat for thirty minutes three times a week. After you gain some flexibility and pace from walking you can make a move to more challenging endeavors.

  4. You need eight quality hours of sleep a night

    The dreaded sleep word. The best sleep is before midnight and that has to do with your circadian rhythms and the earth’s rotation. In fact, the sleep you get before midnight is twice and effective as the sleep you get after midnight. Your body needs rest.

That’s it! Any questions? Start with these 4 steps and see what happens.

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

Wellness Warrior & Leadership Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, pay for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live

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