Slow, Steady, and Preparedness are keys for success

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Imagine embarking on a walk from San Fransisco to the tip of Main.  To prepare for this journey you might want to map out your path, make sure you bring the right clothing for all the elements, plan out how much food you will need, determine how many miles you are going to travel each day, and basically prepare for the worst.  Living a healthy lifestyle is just like this crazy journey where you plan on walking coast to coast because you are not going to do it over night.  It takes careful planning of what you are going to eat and what foods you are going to stay away from just like preparing for your cross country trek.  It takes discipline to overcome adversity and avoid eating junk when you are faced with temptation.  It takes motivation to workout even when the last thing you want to do is workout.  And unlike walking coast to coast, the journey of living healthy is never over and it is a constant battle, but the more you live it the easier it becomes.

Just like living a healthy lifestyle, walking across America should be done at a slow and steady pace, 20 miles every day no matter the weather, how you feel, or what ever the challenges you face just do 20 miles every day.   If you are consistent and every day you accomplish 20 miles you will make it to the other side of the US in good shape, feeling great, and free of injury and sickness. But if you walk a hundred miles the first 3 days and wear yourself out, then all of a sudden you are hit with a snow storm which doesn’t allow you to walk more than 5 miles because you are so tired, then you take the next 4 days to recover you will either end up killing your self from exhaustion, or you will get so tired that you give up and never make it to your destination. The same goes with exercise and eating right.  If you try to restrict your diet of calories, and you set out to workout for 3 hours a day every day then you are going to burn your self out.   A little extreme comparison, but you get the point.  You are going to face challenges every day, but as long as you can wake up, make it to the gym, do your workout and be consistent with it on a daily basis without over doing then the chances you are going to fail are slim to none. 

Just remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your ideal body.  It takes time, consistency, knowing when to back off, and knowing when to press harder.  It takes careful planning and organization of your time.  You have to listen to your body and always focus on the positive things you do.  If you keep the “20 mile a day pace” you will accomplish your goal, but if you try to sprint your healthy lifestyle journey then you are going to burn out and set your self back further than when you first started.  If you would like more information on how to get healthy call 904-246-LEAN (5326) or email me at [email protected]meridianfitness.com and I will help you get started on your journey.

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