By Nancy Santana
The moment it hit me: I was laying there on a hospital bed with machines hooked up to me. I was told they were going to keep me overnight to run a few stress tests the next day.
I thought: “I am only in my 30s I shouldn’t be here. I need to get control of my health.”
If we are in poor health, chances are we have several health issues. I had several — from extremely high blood pressure, depression, headaches, back pain and aches everywhere. I took control of my life. It was that or spend the rest of my life going to the doctor and taking pills.
Tips I found useful were simple.
- Change your nutrition habits (One of thing that was causing most of my health issues was my weight).
- Find an exercise program that you love. If you enjoy running start jogging, if you enjoy riding your bike do it, if you enjoy walking, make it a family time to walk and get healthy.
- Find a friend or family member who seeks the same goals. Having a buddy to keep you accountable, and has the same desire to get fit and healthy, will keep you both motivated.
- Keep a food journal. You will see your habits in writing. I remember I always said to myself “I didn’t eat much today” but once I started keeping track I realized I did need to change some things
- Don’t give up! We all have ups and downs during this journey to living a healthier lifestyle, but I am here to tell you, never ever give up on your goal, you can do it!
When I started my journey in 2007, there was a quote I made mine – “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” – Jim Rohn.
I love this quote.
You need to find that self motivation inside you – the desire – that commitment – to get you started. Remember this is your health, your life, & your future! Once you get started, it will become a habit. It’ll become second nature like brushing your teeth and combing your hair.
The morning after my hospitalization, I was put under several stress-related tests to make sure I had not had a heart attack. Thank God it wasn’t related to my heart.
That was four years ago, and today I am happy to say I feel better than I did when I was in my 20s. How do I do it?
I teach my hour-long cardio kickboxing class three times a week. I also do weight training twice a week and watching what I eat is a must. I don’t eat anything after 7 p.m. If I have a snack at night it’s an apple or fruit and I drink plenty of water.
I want to encourage you to start today. I promise you will be happy you did!
What are you going to start doing for yourself right now?
Nancy Santana, a fitness coach and instructor, lives in Chicago and publishes a motivational exercise and better living site.