So it seems the weather has turned (finally, I know), and if I know people – and I think I do – the vast majority of them are ready to get out in the sun and enjoy the warm weather. But if you’re one of them, as you get ready to hit the pool or beach, do so with care.
I’m not talking about the general safety cautions that everyone should heed as they’re out on the water.
I’m talking about the hurry many people are in to get back into summer shape. Here’s the problem: when you rush back to doing something you haven’t for a while,
whether it’s diet or exercise, you’re likely to fail or injure yourself.
I see it almost every day. When people make the switch from a sedentary lifestyle to a life of wellness, they think it’s imperative to go full out. They become so dedicated to their healthy living routine that they leave no room for error.
So go at a moderate pace and allow time for your body to adjust. Give ample time to pull back; just don’t give up. Regression is a regular part of advancement. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Two steps forward, one step back?” That holds true here as well.
By allowing yourself a small cheat meal, dessert or snack every once in a while, you’ll fuel the body’s desire for what it has been used to having. Sometimes, all you need is a small taste of something sweet to feed the craving.
The perfect solution is a mini candy bar after a healthful meal. They make bite-size candy that, if self-control is used, can cure your cravings.
The same philosophy holds true for your fitness routine. When you make the transition to a life filled with exercise, allow yourself to take some time off. I talk with people all the time who jump into an exercise program, go hours a day, every day of the week. Almost always, it leads to burnout and failure.
Allow yourself the opportunity to cheat a little once in a while.
The body needs a chance to rest and re-energize, and a day or two off here and there will not hinder your progress.
For this week’s easy, fit recipe, try this awesome open-faced sandwich called the avocado sprout and cheese: Start with a single toasted slice of pumpernickel bread and layer with thinly sliced avocado (or guacamole if you prefer).
Add a full handful of fresh and washed (then dried) alfalfa sprouts and two thick slices of vine-ripened tomato.
Top with two slices of low-fat Swiss cheese and place in the broiler until the cheese begins to turn golden brown, usually about 5 minutes. Garnish with a side of fruit salad and enjoy with a fork and knife.
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