Do you sabotage your efforts to be healthy?


Smoking while playing tennis: I love the irony here.  Though today we can enjoy chuckling at these two women for their behavior, we often engage in equally ludicrous, contradictory and laughable activities.  The only difference is that it isn't quite so obvious.

And so this photo begs a very relevant and current question: what activities do you engage in that ultimately undermine your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle?  Do you spend an hour blasting 500 calories at the gym and then reward yourself with a 1,000 calorie latte from Starbucks?  Do you emerge from a moderate workout and down a sugar laden sports drink that your body doesn't really need?  Do you follow a strict, low-fat diet during the week and then gorge on fast food and beer on the weekends?  Do you make an effort to sweat at the gym, but then move very little the rest of the day, making your overall daily activity extremely low?

No one wants to sabotage her good deeds unwittingly, but many of us do just that, every day.  The result is frustration, a desire to throw the towel in, and an inability to meet health goals.  Weight loss and health depends upon a balance of calories taken in and calories expended.  It depends upon vigorous activity, but it also depends on activity throughout the day, every day.  It requires a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein.  It requires not just fat blasting cardio, but muscle strengthening activities that also build strong bones.  And, of course, it requires both treats and days of rest to keep the average health-minded person on the right track not just for a week or a month, but for a lifetime.

Look at your activities over an extended period of time to see where you need to make adjustments.  A little tweak here or there could make a big difference to your overall health.

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