June 29, 2010
Successful Behaviour Change IS the Bigger Picture
So throughout the class I was challenged with participants adding what their nutritionist said, what their doctor said, what their trainer said. While it may be true that the exercise scientists have stated that no less than 60 minutes of continuous physical fitness per day will help reduce or maintain body fat will that help the person who hates exercise? Yes, there may be certain ways to prepare veggies to get the best bang for your nutrition buck, but will that help the veggie hater?
The big picture of health takes into account many things, one of which is behaviour change strategies. Who cares if the morning may be the best time to exercise when you hate the mornings. Work out at a time that works out for you! Eat more veggies without concerning yourself with how to prep them. Eat them any way you can. I even support the cheesy toppings if it means you will eat your broccoli! Once the habit of eating veggies is established, then take some time to learn how to prep them in a way that may be "healthier".
Based upon the comments today in class and those I receive at parties, meetings, and one on one with people, I think we are worrying about the gritty details before actually establishing the healthy habit.
Do what you can when you can and how you can. Think about the details later if you wish. As much as I think the statement from Nike is irritating and trite, they may have a point...."Just Do It!"