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Work On Getting Strong, Not Thin

It seems like everyone wants to lose weight these days. The media is full of images and subtle messaging that women are supposed to be a certain size. This results in many women rushing to try every new type of diet and exercise routine. But fad diets hardly every work and it is easy to give up exercising when too busy. When a woman is focusing on weight loss and she doesn’t see any results, this can cause a lot of stress and disappointment. What is required is a shift to take the focus off weight loss and put it on strength and good health.

How to shift the focus off weight loss

The first thing to do is to get rid of the idea that you should lose 10 Kgs in three months or some similar goal. You need to start thinking of your journey in terms of having more energy, being more productive, and having a sound sleep at night. The next step is to make a plan about how to go about achieving that goal.

These tips will help:

Get enough sleep: People often give up exercising because they don’t have the energy to work out. This could be fixed by getting enough sleep. Make sure that you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. You will soon have more energy to get through your day and some leftover to go for a run or to the gym.

Be more active: The best way to make muscles stronger is to use them. This doesn’t mean that you have to work out for hours, but simply that you have to be more active. This could be as easy as stopping the elevator two floors below your office and walking up the remaining two floors. Or you could walk or cycle to the grocery shop to buy your weekly provisions.

Eat more vegetables and fruits: It is not hard to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Buy your fruits and veggies on the weekend and wash them well. The night before, you can peel and chop two or three carrots, cucumbers, or apples, and place in a box with cherry tomatoes or grapes and keep in the fridge. The next morning just grabs and go. You can snack on your vegetable or fruit salad while sitting at your desk. A few times a week buy dark green veggies like spinach and broccoli and cook them the way you like for a tasty meal.

Find a way to de-stress: Stress is harmful to health. If you feel stressed during the day, then you need to find ways to de-stress and get more relaxed. Yoga and meditation are very effective in reducing stress. However, if you want to try something different, you can always find a hobby you enjoy, read a book, or even spend time in nature. The trick is to do something you enjoy. Instead of trying to meditate every time you feel stressed, you can sketch in your notepad or take a walk, in a nearby park.

When you focus on getting stronger and healthier you add small but effective habits to your daily routine. In time these add up to make you feel a lot better and, in the process, you could even lose weight.

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