Summertime Fitness: Four DIY Makeover Tips for a New, Healthier You

It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing oneself to the “perfect” people seen in the media. Measuring ourselves against that model is unhealthy and can lead to problems. However, the fact remains that people who lead busy lives sometimes lose the focus they once had on their own well-being. How can you take the reins of your health back? People who eat right, exercise, and think positive are healthy and look nice. You can have all of that again; the secret is to act like the health-conscious person you want to be.

Food Awareness:

Eating should be a pleasant experience. To stay healthy, be aware of what you consume, but avoid starving yourself. A regimen of self-discipline takes away the joy; eating everything available harms your health.

Calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Learn how many calories are appropriate for your body to stay the same. Lasting, gradual change is preferable. Find out how many calories are in your favorite foods; modify some of your snacks to improve your health. If weight loss is one of your goals, drink water. Staying hydrated aids the fat-burning process.

Exercise for Fun:

An intense cardio workout causes the brain to produce endorphins that make you feel good. This should tell you something: exercise should be enjoyable. It can be as light or heavy as you prefer.

Mix it up a little. Do some strength training some days and cardio work on others. Seek variety. Ride a bicycle outdoors. Jog up and down the bleachers at a local stadium. Join a community center team and play your favorite sport.

Look Your Best:

Grooming goes a long way toward looking good. This is true for men and women. Give yourself the attention you deserve before facing the world. You will feel more confident if you like your haircut and clothes.

Take a self-inventory. Would teeth whitening treatments or hair coloring improve your look? Why wait until you are at your fantasy weight to buy new clothes? Good fitting clothes look good and help you feel good about yourself.

Healthy Choices:

Get a positive attitude about food. Ignore the potato chip aisle. Convince the family to adopt healthy eating habits. Instead of donuts, try spreading some crunchy peanut butter on a whole wheat cracker. You and the kids will enjoy it.

A complete personal makeover includes the mental aspects. Your body needs time to change; give yourself a break. Focus on the positive. Decide what you would like to change, accept what you cannot. Make a plan, and get started. You can do it.

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