Why Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit? Often when people plan to live a healthy lifestyle they try to change everything at once. Sometimes people try to overnight transition from being a couch potato to an athlete or a junk food junkie to a strict clean eater. They often also expect over night results worthy of an infomercial “before and after” story.
But what usually happens? Sadly, the cycle of shame and failure! The problem is not the good intentions and motivation to make healthy choices. I believe, a big part of the problem is the expectation to change everything over night and the doubly troublesome expectation of instant results.
It is usually more pleasant, sustainable and ultimately more successful to choose achievable goals and make continuous improvements over time. Changes like, trying a new workout, making a new home cooked meal, and taking time for quality relaxation all can help. This process is an exploration and an adventure!
Making time for daily activity and trying new activities can lead that couch potato to discovering the joy of movement and finding an active hobby. I know, because this is what happened to me! (Another post…) Enjoying the active hobby can inspire someone to become more fit so they can better enjoy their hobby.
For example, some people run because they want to lose weight and other run because they enjoy the sensation of running and find it helps them clear their mind. Those that enjoy running, might undertake training for a race to help them improve on their running. That way they can enjoy more of what they love. One happy side effect is that they improve their fitness and may better control their body fat levels. But the thought process and approach is a little different from running as “punishment” for being fatter than one would prefer. Which person is likely to stick with it long enough to see real results?
The Bit by Bit approach works in many aspects of life and can lead to the goal of “Feeling Fit“!
A Note About This Post:
I wrote this post as a participant in the A To Z Blog Challenge. The post is quite spontaneous and is basically thinking out loud as part of a writing exercise. I may polish and develop some ideas from this challenge for future posts.