How to prepare for a new healthy lifestyle

Diving into a new health regime can be a little difficult and intimidating, particularly if you haven’t had regular exercise in a while. You might even think that you need to ‘get fit’ in preparation for getting fit, which is probably a good idea.

This article goes over some of the aspects of getting prepared for a new fitness regime. Once you’ve taken certain steps, you’ll be ready to hit the gym in no time.

Getting rid of bad habits

Preparing for a new healthy lifestyle might involve doing away with aspects of your current unhealthy one. First of all, list out activities that you engage in that are obstacles to you being healthy.

For instance, if you spend a lot of time in front of your television playing video games, this is something that’s consuming time you should be spending exercising instead. You can even make some money out of getting rid of your games – go onto to sell them there.

Easing into your regime

Whichever kind of exercise you’re going in for, you’re going to have to ease yourself into it or you could do your body some damage. Jogging is the best way to get your body prepared for the onslaught.

Two weeks before you’re scheduled to hit the gym, go jogging at least three times a week to ease yourself in.

Start eating healthy pre-emptively

In the run-up to your return to the gym, you’re also going to have to make some changes to your diet. No more chips, candy and super-size sodas. Replace all of these things with fruit and vegetables.

This is probably going to be the hardest part of preparing for a healthy lifestyle. Never underestimate your addiction to unhealthy foods. Start eating fruit on an empty stomach, before you’ve eaten your main meal – it’s the best way to get the nutrients out of them.

Change your snacking habits

The same applies for inter-meal snacks too. Instead of chasing your meals with chocolate or other sweets, try eating mixed nuts instead, so you get the ‘good fats’ instead of the bad ones.

Assign yourself substitutes for all of your old favourite (but unhealthy) snacks, replacing them with healthier short eats.

Go low-fat

Of course, you can’t expect to do away completely with all of your vices. But you can go low-fat in certain areas. If you really do love cream cheese, for instance, just pick out the low-fat option when you’re at the store.