At AMP, we focus on a slow approach when it comes to changing habits as it is more sustainable and more successful to focus on one habit at a time. One big one that we try to instill is drinking more water. Especially when it comes to replacing soda with water. If you’re not aware, soda (yes even diet soda) has detrimental effects on your body. For a more in depth look on how that soda affects your body, check out what happens.
Another habit we try to teach is eating whole, unprocessed foods. Lots of fruits and vegetables. If you were to look at the diets of most countries around the world, what would they look like? What do you think?
This is what one weeks worth of groceries looks like around the world. Notice the huge difference in fresh produce and lean meats compared to that of processed, sugary stuff. That was the biggest thing that jumped out at me.
It’s around this time, especially on Halloween that we either dig into that pile of candy, or we decide that it isn’t for us and stay away. Whether you indulge or not is up to you, but make sure you’re ok with it. The worst thing you could do is feel bad or beat yourself up about either decision.
On that same note, working out should be a positive experience and never be looked at as a form of punishment. If you have that mentality, change it up quick!! You should work out because you love your body, not because you hate it. Having that mentality makes you regret having a “treat” every now and then. Having that mentality leads to hitting that “cardio confessional” or “wanting a killer workout” to make up for any bad eating choices you may have made.
Exercise is all about being positive and building yourself up, not tearing yourself down. Remember that!!
Lastly, we all want what is best for our kids, and when it comes to sports, we want them to have the best training possible. However the best training possible might just be focusing on general exercise as opposed to “sport specific” training. The more specialized the exercise, the more potential harm it could cause. Build a solid foundation of strength, coordination, balance etc. first, then work towards more specific skills.