Small habits have big impacts
100 calories a day can have a staggering influence on our weight.
Do the math – burning off 100 extra calories a day adds up to ten pounds a year. That’s walking up a few flights of stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator. Many people steadily gain ten pounds a year, while neglecting the small thing, like taking a quick walk at lunch and avoiding the food court.
In the whirlwind of our “busy-ness”, we have lost respect for how important small, positive habits are in creating our overall state of health. From the most recent Facebook update to the newest “diet app” on your phone, entertainment and excitement tend to take the cake over sense and sensibility. Simple solutions and straight-forward practicality have become much less alluring.
Tired of chasing your tail?
If you’re feeling frustrated and over-filled, you might consider slowing down and look at the little things that you have come to disregard. These little pieces make up that big puzzle – your life and your health.
The 31 pound lunch might be worth changing.
That 600 calorie sandwich you eat while sitting at your desk might be better replaced with a 300 calorie salad. Why? The 300 calorie difference adds up to 109,500 calories a year. That’s 31 hefty pounds. But you only eat a sandwich half the time, you say? 15 pounds is still not a light matter.
That 30 minute walk is not such wasted time.
If your efforts to wake up early and make it to the gym are being snoozed away, you might be a bit more realistic about a 30 minute lunchtime walk. Those 200 calories can help take off those 20 pounds you’ve been fretting ahead.
The next time you undermine the impact of a small change, stop and do the math. There’s no giant eraser, just a growing tally.