Stepping Stones to a Healthier Life

Stepping Stones

Have you ever woken up one morning and thought, “This is it! I will be healthy!” Well, it doesn’t really work like that does it? Anyone with a genuine desire to be healthier should not make drastic changes but instead make stepping-stones to a healthier life.

Cigarette – E-cigarette – Non-smoker

Giving up smoking is difficult and nicotine addictions simply do not allow you to give up without suffering withdrawal symptoms. Switching to electronic cigarettes (www.excig.com) will satisfy your cravings without the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. They contain nicotine but produce harmless vapours.
The sensory feeling of smoking a real cigarette and the monitored levels of nicotine can gradually lessen down the amount of addiction to nicotine. E cigarettes can help anyone with good willpower and desire to quit altogether to quit the addiction over time.

Couch Potato – Progressive running programme – Runner

No one becomes a runner overnight. Progressive training plans are designed to get you to the point where you can run 30 minutes (about 2 miles) at a slow, relaxed pace. It’s a simple, progressive program that begins with more walking than running, and gradually evolves into more running than walking.
You simply have to take your time, and be patient and disciplined in your as you progress and don’t be tempted to go too fast for too long. Always start with a walking warm up and finish with a walking warm-down.
Once you are able to run 2 miles nonstop, you can decide on your next goal. You might simply want to continue running 2 miles at a time, three or four days per week. Research has shown that this is enough to help you lose or maintain weight, and be healthier overall.
Once you have reached this level of fitness, it’s relatively easy to do more. Next stop – a marathon!

Fast food fanatic – Salad a day, smaller portions – Healthy Eater

Trying to make your diet healthier overnight isn’t realistic. Changing everything all at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new diet within a week.
Make small steps, like adding a salad (or more vegetables) to your meals once a day or switching from butter to light olive oil when cooking.
Many of us eat much larger portion sizes than we need. Use smaller plates and make sure your carbohydrate element (potato, rice, pasta) is no larger than a light bulb. If you don’t feel satisfied at the end of a meal, try adding more leafy green vegetables or finishing off the meal with fresh fruit. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.


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