The other day, I shared with you 3 small changes that you can start doing right now to set yourself up for weight loss and a longer, healthier life. Remember, these changes won’t have instant effects, but they will build over time.
In case you missed that e-mail, here are those changes you can make right now:
- Write your workout schedule for the week into your calendar and make sure you treat those workouts like the most precious and important time of your day. Don’t give this sacred time up for anything besides an extreme medical emergency. I recommend working out a minimum of four times a week and six times a week if you are over the age of 50.
- When eating out, always order water only and skip the appetizer and dessert. Make ordering this way a habit and you won’t even miss the extra food and drinks after awhile.
- Each week, spend 5% less time with someone in your life who brings you down. This person may sap your energy, or make you feel stupid, and may not really believe that you can achieve your goals. In a matter of months, by spending less time with this person, you will find yourself getting annoyed less and feeling better about life.
Here are another three small changes you can make to your daily rituals that will produce massive change for your health and life:
- Immediately after waking up, drink 2 cups of water. This will rehydrate your cells and wake your body up.
- Pack or set out your workout clothes the night before (or sleep in them like I do) and have them ready for you in the morning. When the alarm goes off, give yourself 5 seconds to get up-jump out of bed if possible. This will make it much easier to get up in the morning. No more hitting the snooze button!
- During times when you know you will be sitting for more than an hour, set an alarm once per hour and do one minute of exercises. My favorites are pushups, squats, jogging in place, or lunges. These short bursts of activity will help you refocus, boost your metabolism a bit and help you feel less achy.
Again, these tweaks won’t make much of a noticeable difference in your day to day life, but month by month and year by year, these small changes will make a massive difference.