I'm not overstating that at our gym in Fairfax, VA, the ultimate goal is to change your life, not just your weight. We aren't here to give you a diet, but to help you make lifestyle changes, which include eating healthier. Changing your weight is a short term goal. It may or may not be permanent. However, when you learn to eat healthier, it helps you keep weight off permanently. Unlike a diet that always ends, either in success or failure, eating healthier is a lifelong habit.
It's life's habits that make a difference.
You can lose weight by eating fewer calories, but that doesn't mean you'll be healthier when you've finished the diet. It's one reason we focus so hard on eating healthy. Not only do you get the benefit of shedding extra pounds, you also have a healthy diet that provides all the nutrients your body needs. A healthy diet helps keep you healthier and lowers the risk of serious conditions.
Working out isn't just for losing weight.
There are huge benefits to exercise that last a lifetime. It keeps you younger looking and feeling, while maintaining overall good health. Exercise can help protect you from a number of serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Osteoporosis is also kept at bay by weight bearing exercise. You'll stay mentally sharper longer, since studies show that working out not only can help protect you from Alzheimer's and dementia, it also boosts cognitive power.
When you change your weight, you'll change your attitude toward yourself.
No matter how out of shape you are or overweight you are, you should always love and respect yourself. To do otherwise is counterproductive. However, that's not always the reaction of people who have fitness problems. Once they get into shape, they realize how wrong they were and how they deserve to give their body the best care and love.
- You'll walk taller and have more confidence when you workout. Exercise improves your posture so you'll look more confident and the more you wear the look, the more confident you become.
- Getting adequate sleep is extremely important and an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sleep is more than just heart healthy, it also helps prevent weight gain.
- Water will become far more popular when you start living the healthy lifestyle. You'll realize that sugary drinks, like soda not only add empty calories, they can increase your waistline with unhealthy visceral fat, even diet sodas.
- Most of all, living a healthy lifestyle will help keep depression at bay. Exercise is part of the reason, but a good social life and smiling more is also part of it.