Living healthy is not a sprint, it is a marathon

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Blog post by Beth Waisburd, our health coach.

Last Monday, over 35,000 people ran the Boston marathon and more than 98% of them crossed the finish line. People of all ages made the commitment, both mentally and physically, to train for the ultimate running race. It’s such an impressive achievement. And while a marathon may not be for everyone, we can all make a commitment to our health. 

Like training for a marathon, leading a healthy lifestyle requires determination, thoughtful planning and knowledge of a safe route to the finish line. We must be determined to find our best selves. Eating healthfully and exercising regularly fills us with an inner confidence that can easily be compared to a “runner’s high.” When we make healthy choices, our bodies feel lighter and our minds are clearer. But, a healthful lifestyle takes some serious planning. There are so many obstacles that may block our path. Everybody is different and every body is different so we must learn the safest course that best suits us as individuals. There is no one course that is right for everyone. Each day is a learning experience. We keep the things that work and let go of things that don’t. Embrace our successes and forgive our missteps.

 Here are some simple things to consider:

  • Exercise every day – but keep in mind that exercise comes in many forms. Some may choose to run on a treadmill and some may choose to play a game of tag outside on the playground. Either way, a body in motion is a good thing!
  • Plan ahead but keep it simple. Eating healthy does not need to be complicated. Stock your house with easy to grab fruits and veggies and make them part of every meal. Prepare simple recipes with seasonal, local ingredients
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Whether you are training for a marathon or dancing with friends, we all feel more confident with a cheering squad on our side.

Living healthy is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Think of each day as the next mile and new chance to live healthy.

Photo source: http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2014/04/18/Boston-prepares-for-huge-wave-of-marathon-visitors.html

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