Inspired to run?
If living in Arizona, which has so many great outdoor spaces, has sparked your desire to get off the couch and join the “health and exercise” crew, there’s plenty of advice out there to get you started.
The first right step is to take a look at your diet. Be honest with yourself. For five days, log every item you put in your mouth. There are many apps out there to help you do it: Livestrong’s My Plate, Fooducate, MyFitnessPal and MyFoodDiary are a few to check out. There are also online programs available. Many allow you to put in your current and idea weights. They then track your calorie intake and educate you on the number of calories you should be eating daily to reach that goal.
If you find that you’re taking in more calories than you should, it’s time to make some changes. There are two ways to do this – eating less or exercising more. That may simply describe what you need to do. The fact is, for a long-life and healthy living, we should all get off the couch. Ideally, working out a few times a week should be on everyone’s calendar. But, one step at a time may be what you need.
A friend lost 10 pounds by watching calories and exercising when her calorie intake was more than she needed to lose weight. It took about 5 months. Doctors said that was a healthy pace.
If you find yourself stalling – or need more motivation – set a goal. Plan to run next year’s Pat’s Run or Phoenix’s Rock n Roll marathon. Make plans to hike a park you’ve always wanted to see. Put pictures where you can see them to remind you of your goal. Read about other people who have turned their lives into health stories. Here are a few to get you started. Good luck!