How to Approach Healthy Eating and Exercise

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From my experiences with clients and friends, I have learned that there is biggest obstacle that people face: they want to be healthy but they don’t want to do the work. We all know that we should eat healthfully and be active, but life gets in the way or we are too tired or unmotivated. I get it. It’s not easy. I mean, it’s work. No one likes work. But it’s unreasonable to expect improved health results if you don’t put in the work. It’s kinda like expecting a paycheck but not having a job/going to work. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

I’m going to channel my inner Jillian Michaels and yell, “Spare me the excuses and do the work!” Meanwhile, my inner Bob Harper says, “Because you can do it!” I truly believe these two statements because we are more capable than we give ourselves credit or how we apply ourselves. Often, we don’t prioritize exercise or preparing healthy meals. Or maybe it appears daunting. There is so much misinformation out there that it can be overwhelming. My advice: take it one small step at a time. Instead of trying to lose 20# in 1 week, focus on performing positive and easy habits each day that help you build a healthy lifestyle. Learn as much as you can. Being comfortable with solid nutrition and fitness information builds confidence. Then, put that knowledge to good use everyday at the grocery store, at the gym, at home, etc. Also, know that everyone does it differently. Find what you love and cater your activities to your own preferences. That’s why I’ve featured so many different people as a part of my “Real People, Real Fitness” series. It’s to show you that there is no one way to do to be active. Each person enjoys something different.

Everyone has varying reasons for doing it. I do it because I like feeling energized and healthy during the day. I like to fuel my body with good food and feel the pump after a great workout. So, cut out your excuses, find your motivation, and do the work. You will find that the work you do, whether it is preparing a healthy lunch or going to a turbo kickboxing class, will be rewarding. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is! Remove that mental barrier and you can achieve anything. It applies to all aspects of our lives. We are more powerful than we give ourselves credit: YOU CAN DO IT!

Thomas Ngo, RD, CPT
Registered Dietitian
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
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