New Year, New You: Lifestyle Change or Dieting?

New Year, New You: Lifestyle Change or Dieting? - Vitality Fitness - Health and Fitness Calgary

Living a healthy and happy life is all about setting and meeting goals. Now that 2016 is finally here, it’s time to set some new ones! Chances are most of them will fall under one of two categories: dietary or lifestyle changes. The question is: which is the better way to go?

What You Eat

While the old adage “you are what you eat” is important to consider, health is certainly not that simple. It’s always been pretty easy to create simple get-healthy-quick schemes resting entirely on your food. This is because expressing things in terms of caloric intake and other hard figures is straightforward to convey to the public and use as marketing tools for food products or dieting trends. While this information is of course highly useful in living a healthy life, its use has also contributed to misunderstandings of what being healthy really means.

What You Do

At the core of what affects your state of mind and the state of your body are the decisions that you make every day. These come together to comprise your lifestyle. Should I watch another episode of House of Cards or go for a bike ride? Do I need another serving? You can change your carbs or fats all you want, but the research has consistently shown that without the behavioural changes at the root of your decisions, it won’t do you much good in the end. The stress of work, managing a family, and staying on schedule can always interfere with a diet, no matter how “fool proof” it claims to be.

Planning For a Healthy Lifestyle

This year, take some time to think about how you go about your day and what decisions you regularly make. What’s your daily routine like? What habits do you need to break? It’s quite common for nutritional decisions to be affected by time and convenience. Rather than letting these get out of hand, try addressing your time management and your sources of stress. Don’t forget the importance of a healthy sleep pattern! If you can shape the structure of your life around decisions that are physically and mentally healthy, this is where you’ll find results.

The team at Vitality Fitness hopes that your 2016 will be full of great decisions and healthy activity. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for more health and fitness tips throughout the year, and give us a call at (587) 777-3378 to book a Boot Camp class!



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