Harvey County

Healthier Life Style

I did a training this week where we talked about how to get individuals to make healthier choices. Is it best to teach them all these new things at once and have them do all these changes at once? Or is it best to try and do one change at a time? What do you think?

Have you ever tried to eat healthier and work out more? What usually happens? For myself, I do great for about a week and then it is all downhill from there. Why is that? Well it is because when you try too many things at once your brain is on over load and you can’t effectively change that habit. Next time you decide to be healthier try one things at a time.

For example, if you want to eat healthier, even break that up into a specific category. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables then adding in low fat dairy and lastly leaner meat. Lean meat is usually the hardest health change for the mid-west because we are so pro-beef or whatever meat your family produces. That is why trying it last might help with eating healthier.

Next once you start eating healthier, then try to add in the exercise. Start slow and build up each week. During Walk Kansas this year, I wanted to get back into running. I started by walking 2-3 miles each day for a week and then the next week I walked ran, the 3rd week I ran a mile and walked the rest, the 4th week I walked ran 2 miles and you see where I am going from there. Instead of starting off right at running 3 miles, I worked up into it. (which is better for me and usually for other people)

When you are trying to become healthier, try one thing at a time. You will be surprised how much easier it is to do that, than to do it all at once!

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