Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my years of living a healthy and fit lifestyle is that you must live in the moment to ensure yourself a healthy future.
We are all tempted to quit or relax our healthy eating and exercise when we are outside of our routine. There is nothing wrong with taking a break or allowing for a slip but by making a conscious effort to exist and enjoy the time and place you are currently occupying you might safeguard your healthy lifestyle.
For most of us the idea of living in the moment almost begs us to be carefree and indulgent. The reality is that when you can focus on eating a well-balanced meal or just participating in exercise you won’t want to indulge or bypass physical activity. By allowing yourself to enjoy the preparation, the smells and the flavors of a healthy and delicious meal, you will feel full and content. When we eat mindlessly, not only do we not enjoy what we are eating, we also tend to overeat because it takes our brain longer to realize we have eaten over our limit.
Exercise is another activity that is more beneficial when broken down to bite-size pieces. When scheduling your physical activity focus on the positives and benefits that you experience when you exercise. This will make you more likely to stick to your routine. Before a run I don’t think about the time it will take me to get ready, and how long I will be out in the elements. Instead, I think about how nice it feels to be in the fresh air. I try to focus on how my energy will improve almost immediately and maintain me for the rest of the day.
Being mindful and present in your life is one of the best ways to live a stress-free and healthy life.
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March 27th, 2011