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Accept Change as a Positive Force in Your Life

By Chad Tackett

In order to be successful at leading a healthier lifestyle, you need to have knowledge and a good understanding of the best, most effective ways to do that. But we also want you to know that it's okay to be afraid and uncomfortable with this lifestyle change; that's natural.

Changing old habits isn't easy. In general, people have a hard time adjusting to change. Change is made even more difficult when we're not certain we want the goals we have set out to achieve. Change is impossible when we set ourselves unrealistic goals.

But it truly is possible when we set realistic goals and when we make those changes gradually. If you have a willingness to work through the initial emotional discomfort as you move step-by-step into this new lifestyle, you'll find the confidence, commitment, determination, and belief in your own self-worth that will ease the way.

Healthy living means making important lifestyle changes, changes in the way you eat and exercise and, we hope you're coming to see, in the way you think. It may sound overwhelming at first, but it's really quite simple. Remember, these changes will be gradual. They'll also never be painful or hard to stick with. Many Americans have already successfully made the change to a healthy lifestyle. You can too, once you understand how easy it is.

Making the change to a healthier lifestyle is a process you will enjoy and can be proud of. The easiest way to go about it is to take it one step at a time. If you try to hurry change, chances are that it won't be permanent. It's important to understand that once you put into effect the lifestyle habits, they are yours forever and will make a substantial impact on your life.

Once you truly believe that you have the ability to find a comfortable balance of food, activity and life attitudes, you can break free from fad diets forever. Action creates motivation. Once you understand and implement safe and effective exercise and eating habits, you will become successful.

Once you start achieving great results, the excitement and fun you experience will make the change well worth the effort. Enjoying the many great benefits of a healthy lifestyle will help provide the impetus to stay on the healthy road you've taken. Good luck, stay positive, and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle!

- Bio: Chad Tackett has degrees in Exercise and Heath Science and Nutrition, is a Certified Personal Trainer, and is a regular guest lecturer to both professional and lay audiences on the principles of effective exercise and good nutrition.

last update: February 2009

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