Yes, we’ve all been guilty of procrastination when it comes to our health and fitness. In the business world, chronic procrastination is often viewed negatively because procrastinators are typically characterized as “lackadaisical,” “ineffective,” and “neglectful.” But, from a personal health and fitness perspective, procrastination just may have some merit. I’m of the opinion that procrastination leads to resurrected lifestyle habits through creativity and productivity. Yes, procrastination can be a constructive tool if you use your idle time to creatively outline an effective strategy that results in healthy lifestyle changes.
It’s important to always remember that you are in the driver’s seat equipped with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. And as such, you have the capacity to use your state of procrastination to direct change. Think about these two important questions. Are you a procrastinator when it comes to implementing healthy lifestyle changes? Could your lifestyle habits stand some resurrecting? If your answer to either question is yes, then it’s time for you to take control of your procrastination. Get ready to drive yourself. Check out the tips below that may be helpful to you for taking control, making decisions, and proceeding with action:
1. You’re in the driver’s seat. Implement an exercise regime that is FUN.
It’s very easy to make excuses not to exercise. Yes, a busy schedule can be an obstacle to developing or continuing a workout schedule. But, in this season of resurrection power, take this opportunity to develop a regular exercise regime. Find an activity that will motivate you to get moving a minimum of 30 minutes each day. Some of the most popular cardio activities include walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming. Other choices include hiking, stair climbing, rowing, or a group exercise classes at your local gym or community center (yoga, pilates, jazzercise, etc.).
2. You’re in the driver’s seat. Eat nutritious foods each day.
To aid in your resurrection power, start eating more nutritious foods every day. With a focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy products, you’ll position your body to be the healthiest it’s ever been. Don’t forget to think “small plate.” Yes, I know you’re going to splurge and eat some meal that is high-fat, high-sodium, and high-calorie. But, for those meals like the Pasta Mardi Gras Linguine specialty at your favorite eatery tossed with crawfish, andouille sausage and crimini mushrooms in a marinara cream sauce topped with jumbo grilled shrimp, think “small bowl.” The most you should have is what can fit inside a white foam bowl. Be sure to omit the bread, appetizer, and dessert.
3. You’re in the driver’s seat. Eat breakfast each day.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets the stage for the remainder of the day. Skipping breakfast causes you to spend the rest of your day trying to play catch up and that usually results in overeating. Beginning your day with breakfast will jump-start your metabolism and may fill you up better so that you’ll eat less during the day. This will also help you avoid morning meals loaded with fat and cholesterol. Develop your plan of action for eating breakfast TODAY! Aim for 350-450 calories for breakfast and choose foods that are low calories, low in fat, low in sodium, low in cholesterol, and low in sugar. A good start is a bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal with low-fat or soy milk and fresh fruit like a banana, apple, or orange.
4. You’re in the driver’s seat. Drink plenty of water.
If you get in the habit of drinking plenty of water, it will be your first choice of beverage. Beware that other beverages like juices, sodas, sport drinks, and alcoholic drinks can be loaded with calories and additives. Without a doubt, the best drink to consume is good, old-fashioned water, which is filling, refreshing, and rejuvenating.
Today is a good day to effectively use your state of procrastination to resurrect your life.