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The truth about sustainability

These days, when you hear the word “sustainability” probably the environment first comes to mind. I want to talk about sustainability where your fitness, health and well being are concerned.

Kelly Farris,  ACSM CPT

Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely. Being active and healthy should optimally speaking, be a lifestyle. It should be second nature and an integral part of your day to day life.

Changing our patterned behavior takes effort and dedication. You have to practice something repeatedly for it to become routine. Often the case isn’t so much that we are trying to add a new positive habit, but trying to “unlearn” a bad habit.

It is simply human nature. Once the task of exercise, weight-loss or diet alterations is realized…we assume it is going to be painful and we want to get it over with as quickly as possible. This sets us up for repeated attempts and failures. We start looking for short cuts and miracles. For some reason we do not want to accept the truth that true change = effort + time.

We want to believe what the ads tell us about the newest quick fix. Let’s say you try it. Let’s say that it shows you results. What is your contingency plan for when your hyper restrictive diet comes to an end? Or you stop taking the miracle pill? What are you going to do for the rest of your long life?

Try to find healthy habits that you can sustain. Things that work for you. The basic tenets might be boring, but they are true. Have a healthy relationship with food. Get enough sleep. Move your body.  The world of fitness has something for everyone. Find what you love to do and take care of your health so you can keep doing it for as long as possible.

Healthy living is never done. Healthy living is a lifelong endeavor.

Kelly Farris is the owner of Ladies Workout Snellville, Time4Results Personal Training and the President of KLF Fitness.

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