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Fitness starts with the first step


Friday, April 30, 2010
by MICK SEVERIN

What you do to be healthy has to become second nature; you have to create a habit.
What you do to be healthy has to become second nature; you have to create a habit.

What you do to be healthy has to become second nature; you have to create a habit.

For example, take a walk at the same time every day. You’re going to walk at six in the morning or six in the in the evening or at your first stop or last stop.’

Start getting fit by taking small steps

As we continue our discussion about how the condition of your truck and the condition of your health are intertwined we know you would do whatever it takes to keep that truck on the road. You have to be the same way about your life.

In our previous articles we talked about the importance of maintaining your truck but I hope you are starting to realize it’s more important to maintain you.

Here are some more sensible tips to do just that.

Small steps

For some dietary changes: Instead of six cups of coffee during the day, drink three cups and three glasses of a vegetable juice or milk. Increase your water intake.

If you crave that burger make sure it’s broiled and only eat half the bun. Better yet order it low-carb style where they wrap it in lettuce in place of the bun.

Love bacon? Eat it once a week to satisfy the craving. Try to have whole grain cereals a couple of times a week. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and you will be less likely to crave fats and sugars.

The habit

You get up in the morning and have your coffee.  Check your rig and jump into the cab.  You make sure that next cup of coffee is handy and all your paperwork is where it’s supposed to be. Buckle your seatbelt, check the mirrors and start your truck.  You’ve gone through this routine so many times, it’s become second nature.

What you do to be healthy has to become second nature; you have to create a habit.

For example, take a walk at the same time every day. You’re going to walk at six in the morning or six in the in the evening or at your first stop or last stop. Walk for five, 10 or 20 minutes, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you pick a time and stick with it. Eventually you’re going to be walking farther and faster. Who knows, maybe you’ll start jogging.

The program

You’ve made a decision and started making little changes. You are starting to do the same things everyday both in nutrition and exercise so now you’re ready to step up to a “full blown” healthy lifestyle.

I’m going to give six points that you should start working into this new lifestyle:

• Pray and meditate. Take a couple of minutes out of each day to think about your importance, where you’re going and your connection with your maker

• Read. Learn about nutrition and exercise with the help of books and magazines

• Aerobics. Fast walking or jogging will make your heart and lungs be more efficient

• Resistance training. Pushups, sit-ups, weight training, isometrics and other resistance exercises help your muscles get stronger

• Stretching. Staying flexible is the best defense against back and other muscle and joint pains, and

• Nutrition. To stay at your ideal body weight, to be stronger, to feel younger or to be more alert    and energized you have to fill your body with the right fuel.

Be a champion

So, you drive a truck for a living. Do you feel that you are performing to the best of your abilities or are you just getting by? If you don’t take notice of your health or try to stay in good mental and physical shape, you cannot be your best.

I work with a lot of athletes. Some are darn good at what they do. They’re fast, smart, strong and talented. But, none of those attributes guarantees that they’ll be winners or champions.

Champions work hard on the days they don’t feel like working.  Champions run farther on the days they don’t feel like running. Champions give 100 percent on the days they don’t feel like giving at all. Are you a champion? Are you the best at what you do?

The days you don’t feel like taking that walk or watching that diet, the days you just don’t have time for yourself or your family or the days you don’t feel like being an example to the people around you — those are the days that decide whether you are a champion or not.

If we can help call us at (888) 348-7623, get on the Web site fitnessroad.com or come by our Wellness Center in Tempe, Ariz. You might want to give some thought to our new “phone coach” program. Together we can help you to create that habit. Let us know.

God bless you and yours, Mick.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

 

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