First, talk with your doctor and get specific guidelines for how much exercise you should do, and how to recognize the signs of overexertion.
Next, find a gym that has personal trainers. The trainer can help make sure that your efforts are going to pay off, and that you are doing the exercises correctly.
Give yourself the best chance you can at jump-starting an exercise program -- hire a trainer.
2. Hire a Nutritionist/DietitianYou will probably only need 1 or 2 consultations with a nutritionist to learn volumes about what you are eating, what you should be eating, and why. To get the most out of your consultation, bring 2 or 3 days of food logs with you. A food log is simply a record of everything you eat or drink in a day, the times you ate or drank it, and the amounts. This will help the nutritionist tailor a program to your life.
3. Banish your EnemiesYou have food enemies -- you know what they are: cookies, ice cream, chips or maybe candy.
- You must banish these from your house, from your car, from your office.
- You can no longer purchase these items.
- You can no longer eat them on a regular basis.
If they show up at a party or special occasion you can have some -- but you can no longer buy or seek them out. Ever.
5. SmileSmiling does all sorts of good for your body. You can actually trick your body and mind into being happy by smiling. Put a smile on your face while
- standing in line
- while driving
- while writing e-mails
- Monitor your blood pressure weekly, keep your test results in a folder for easy access.
- Have your cholesterol tested every few months.
- Keep track of your medical information.
- Know what medications you are on, who your doctors are and what your medical goals are.
By keeping all this information at your fingertips, you can help your doctor(s) plan the best medical care for you.
8. Take Your MedicineIf you doctor has prescribed medicine for you, take it. Figure out what you need to do to take your medicine at the right times and following the suggestions. There are some really excellent medications on the market now that have helped millions of people avoid heart attacks and other problems. Be 100 percent compliant with your doctor's orders.
- help you overcome challenges
- make lifestyle changes
- and assist you if you are ill.
It has also been shown that having close relationships will also help you reduce stress and improve healing. So take a second honeymoon, go on a buddy fishing trip, or have a spa day with someone you care about.
10. Celebrate LifeLife is good. Celebrate the progress you make in creating a healthier you.
- Celebrate your success, the people around you.
- Seek out and enjoy wonderful things.
- Don't get caught in routines and ruts that eat away your days.
- Plan to celebrate something every week -- go to art museums, symphonies, and jazz bars.
- Build something.
- Paint, draw, play.