Think Progress and Not Perfection

Your thinking and goals when improving your health should be long term. You should look at the process as a marathon and not a sprint. Unfortunately, our society tends to be very short term focused. We want results today. We want to lose 50lbs in 1 week by taking magic pills. Unfortunately, this way of thinking will ultimately lead to failure and frustration. Think consistent progress. Start by making small, but consistent changes. For example, start by slowly reducing the amount of red meat you eat, or slowly reduce the amount of cheese you eat. Add fiber slowly into your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables each and every day. Your thinking should be the same for exercise. Start by walking a few days a week for 10-15 minutes. Slowly increase your duration to 30-45 minutes. You can then slowly increase your frequency – your goal should be every other day, if possible. Start lifting light weights to build muscle mass and to strengthen your bones. Over time these small changes will start to build on each other and lead to big changes. Your weight will slowly start to decrease. Your blood pressure will drop. Your cholesterol will drop. Your blood sugar will drop. You may even begin to require less medication. You will feel better and have increased energy. Remember though, perfection is not the goal. If you have a bad meal or a bad day, just restart the next day. Do not become frustrated. Never give up! Continue to make small, but consistent changes. Make sure you focus on the long term and consistency. Small, but consistent changes will lead to large changes over time. Over the long term you will succeed.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

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