ANR Health: Routine

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Whether you are trying to lose weight or get healthier, routine is the secret.  As boring as it sounds, a rut is necessary.

Allowing ourselves to sometimes take a walk, sometimes eat a piece of fruit, sometimes go to the gym, sometimes take vitamins, will not make us healthy. It puts our bodies on a roller coaster and always on the look out for what's coming next, will it be a candy bar or a carrot? Should the body go into starvation mode or allow those fat calories to pack on to the hips?

Our bodies love routine, schedule, dependability.  And by setting up a routine we are more likely to stick to healthy habits.

Eating breakfast is a key to losing weight. People who do not eat breakfast binge eat later in the day. It's best to eat within 45 minutes of rising. Eat a low fat breakfast not laden with bacon and potatoes.  Eggs scrambled with veggies accompanied with fruit is a great way to start the day.

Taking vitamins and supplements at the same time everyday allows the body to be regular. Since we'll be eating breakfast at about the same time everyday, put the vitamins next to the cereal or toaster.  Too many taken at once can feel heavy in the stomach, so take some at night.  Put the calcium next to the toothpaste as a reminder.

Walk for at least 30 minutes a day The Mayo Clinic reports daily brisk walking can prevent or manage various conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  Make this a routine by setting a time to walk.  Put it in your calendar. Block the time out.  Walk.

Prepare for a routine

While cleaning up after dinner, cut up veggies for an omelet in the morning. 

Order your vitamins to be shipped routinely so you never run out.

Lay out your walking shoes and clothes the night before or pack them in a bag if walking after work.

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