Utah and Me on MeTv aired "Healthy Bodies in 2022"
on January 23, 2022. This half hour interview includes: recommendations on how to stick with fitness and nutrition New Year's resolutions, dispelling some common weight loss myths, suggestions for at-home workouts, and more.
THE ROAD TO BETTER HEALTH By Terese Schelling, CPT, PRCS, CNS Remember taking those family vacations that included long road trips? Everyone piled into the car and about 30 minutes down the highway, the inevitable question would pop up…“Are we there yet?” As the time passed, it didn’t take long for those initial feelings of anticipation and excitement to turn to feelings of impatience and restlessness. Getting to the destination was taking a lot longer than expected! That is sometimes how we feel about all aspects of our health when we start making positive changes. We want to see results immediately! But, just like on a road trip, we may run into some speed bumps along the way. Yes, you may be determined to reach your end goal as soon as possible, but, you mustn’t discount the progress being made as you undergo the journey. We all tend to be very optimistic in the beginning as we start a new exercise program, enter a weight loss challenge, commit to healthy meals, quit smoking, or just about anything else you can add to the list. But, as the weeks pass, we encounter the speed bumps. We may face things that slow us down, that distract us, that derail us, and even impede our progress. Discouragement and disappointment can creep in and prevent us from continuing down that road to a healthier life. How can we keep moving forward when that happens? Here are a couple of suggestions: First, make sure that you’re not taking on too much at once. It has been proven that making one or two small changes in a specific area that can easily be achieved will result in successful behavior change. As those actions become habits, additional, new changes can also be put into practice. For example, if you would like to stop drinking soda, reducing 4 sodas a day down to 2 can be a good start to move you to the final goal of no daily sodas. Small, incremental changes are attainable, where making extreme changes all at once can be overwhelming and set you up for failure. Second, determine if the change you are attempting to make is motivated by an internal desire or belief. Connecting a “why” that pertains to something meaningful in our life can inspire us to get past obstacles. External reasons, like improving physical appearance, reducing body weight, and reducing risk of disease, are important in itself but if that end goal is not attached to something meaningful to us then it is possible that the change will not be lasting. Internal motivation comes from within. It’s desiring to exercise before work each day because the energy it creates increases your productivity and feelings of accomplishment in your career. Another example is making the decision to hire a nutrition coach to help you lose weight, which will enable you to more easily run and play at the park with your children, creating happy memories and fun interaction. Internal motivators connect the new behavior to what you really value in life and answer the question, “Why stick with it?” Every journey includes hills to climb and valleys to pass through. Always recognize the changes you have successfully made. Commend yourself on the positive habits that are now a regular part of your daily life. Remember, as long as that driving force comes from within, you will find that you are definitely on the right road moving toward better health. : )