Walk your Way to a Healthier You!

Are you tired of that extra ten, twenty or more pounds and extra inches you’ve been carrying around? Take the pledge today to make your health and well-being a priority. Get off the couch and commit to a healthy life style. Forget dieting, dangerous pills, or insanity workouts.  The professionals overwhelmingly recommend a slow, steady approach to life style changes. Anything that is developed gradually has a greater chance of evolving into a habit – a healthy lifelong habit.

Setting goals is one of the first steps to success. Most professionals agree that smaller, incremental goals are more realistic and attainable than larger, long term goals.  The unfortunate reality is that we’ve become more and more accustomed to immediate gratification.  Recognizing that, realistic goals for someone that has generally been sedentary, would be a commitment to walk twenty minutes five days a week for two weeks. Use a Groupon coupon and head to Skechers for a great selection of walking and running shoes. If you’re not inclined to join a gym, walk around your neighborhood in the morning or evening, or walk the parking lot of your office building during lunch.  When the weather isn’t in your favor, head to one of the big box store and do laps on the peripheral!

A second goal during this same time span might be to eliminate dessert or soda from the diet. Take it just one say at a time. Congratulate yourself at the end of each day that you’ve done it! Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up or miss a walk, just get back in the groove the same day. Taking these two small steps will result in serious changes to your body and metabolism. You’ll have more energy. You’ll sleep better. Your skin will begin to have a deeper color (it’s getting more oxygen!). You’ll also begin to feel more muscles in your legs, thighs and hips. You’ll begin to see a difference on the scale and how your clothes fit.  Set new goals with new bars every two weeks.  You’ll never return to that couch with unhealthy food choice once you experience the highs of healthy eating and living. Congratulations to you!

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