Most of us know the things we need to do to take care of our bodies. We’ve heard these things many times, and while we’re hearing them, most of us agree wholeheartedly. We watch the commercials and while we’re eating our snacks and surfing the channels with the remote control, we say that we’re going to do better. We look at infomercials and lust after the tone bodies, making pledges that we’re going to get off the couch one day. We listen to the medical experts, and we nod our heads in agreement, all while pouring extra salt on our food. We make resolutions, and in the beginning, we are gung ho, but after a few weeks pass, we’ve slipped back into our regular routines.
Sometimes, we need to take one day at a time. Instead of saying that we’re going to work out for the next ninety days, sometimes we need to make a commitment to do one thing for our bodies today.
Do you need to drink more water? Tell yourself that you are going to drink three glasses of water before you go to bed. This is simple enough, and it removes the pressure to perform long-term. Do you need to reduce your salt intake? Agree not to put salt on your food for one meal. Start there, and on another day, you can up the ante. Do you need to start exercising? Agree to exercise thirty minutes today. You can complete this task in ten or fifteen-minute increments, but at least you have a plan. Are you drinking too many caffeinated drinks? Agree to reduce your intake by one or two drinks today. Do you need to stop smoking? Decrease your consumption by one or two cigarettes today.
There are many things we can do to take care of our bodies. We must remember that we only have one each, and when that one is gone, it is gone. So start small and focus on today only. If you get up and do something small to take care of yourself each day, when you look back in a month’s time, you will be amazed at your progress.