Your walking plan is going great, you’re getting those daily steps in, and your weight loss plan seems successful… And suddenly your feet start hurting. You’re tempted to skip your regular walks, but you don’t want to derail your success. What can you do about foot pain?
You started your exercise program or weight loss plan, full of energy and hope… But over time, you’ve become bored or disillusioned. Maybe you even fell off the bandwagon a bit, and you’ve stopped seeing results.
It’s a story we hear all the time: Our patients know they need to exercise, both for their overall health and to support their weight loss plan, but it’s so hard to get moving. When you’re in a bad mood, feel tired or depressed, or simply have no energy, just finding the motivation to get moving can feel like climbing a mountain. It’s exhausting, and you haven’t even started your workout yet!
Sometimes we wake up, feeling positive and ready to start the day, and then something happens to drag down our mood. Maybe the outfit you planned last night just doesn’t look right. Or maybe you pass by a mirror and criticize yourself a bit too harshly. Perhaps you give in to temptation and eat a cookie for breakfast, and now you’re feeling guilty and angry at yourself. Now you don’t feel motivated to follow your eating plan for the day, and forget about exercise. It just sounds like too much work.
When you decide to pursue an exercise program or weight loss plan, your motivations might range from improving your appearance to following doctor’s orders. Those are certainly good reasons to improve your health. But for many people, more specific knowledge can be empowering. What exactly are the benefits of this lifestyle change?
How many times have you indulged in a treat, promising yourself you will work out extra hard the next day? Or have you ever exercised an extra hour so that you could “earn” a night out with friends? This exchange of exercise for indulgence sounds logical on the surface, but it’s actually a bad habit that you should avoid. Here’s why.