By Mike Kramer, for SparkPeople
The answers to weight-loss success aren't in the bookstore. You won't find them in the latest government research labs. Forget about talk radio, late night TV, or a magazine rack full of scantily clad, impossibly thin cover models.
You'll uncover information and data there, for sure. You'll find plenty of opinions, ideas and "proven techniques" too. But the REAL answers - the stuff you can use every day - can be found anytime at your local playground.
Everything you need to know about fitness and weight loss, you can learn from kids.
Have you ever watched a child completely engrossed in a project? They have the magical ability to be serious about what they're doing without taking it too seriously. You can do the same with your weight loss. You can live every day with more focus, and every week with more motivation.
Here's what every child knows that you may have forgotten. See if you can apply some of these lessons to your daily program:
- Everything can be a game. Why slog through the same workout routines in boredom, when you can add a little fun? Make up rules, shoot for personal records, regain your competitive spirit.
- Don't walk when you can run. Every day is full of opportunities to increase your fitness. This rule is closely related to "don't drive when you can walk."
- If you don't like it, don't eat it. Once you hit your goal weight, chances are your eating habits won't stick around long if you hated what you were eating. Healthy eating involves balance and moderation.
- Laughter feels good. Kids seem to inherently know that laughter can ease blood pressure, help your brain function, give you energy, and help you reach your goals. Smiling and enjoying yourself can be serious help.
- Playtime is important. We get so caught up in work, chores and a host of "have-to's" that we forget to take time for ourselves. Not only does relaxing and regrouping make life worthwhile, it has real health benefits. Most of all, it will help you stay consistent and motivated.