There is no one-size-fits-all exercise routine, just as there is no diet that everyone should follow. We have different bodies, needs, and desires, so we should create a healthy lifestyle plan that fits our individual nature.
Start by thinking of what you like to do. Books and magazines, blogs and tweets compete for our attention constantly, so it’s best to figure out what is worth paying attention to. By figuring out what you like to do, you can cut through a lot of unnecessary information. Narrowing your scope of interest while at the same time not holding yourself back from new experiences works best. For example, if you walk every day and want to lose weight, why not find some exercises that you can add to your walk? You can stop at a bench and do some push ups and step ups. Or you can change your route to include hills or stairs and do those a few times for an added challenge. Start small and add more diversity and challenges as you get stronger.
As for your diet, look at what you like to eat and build upon those foods instead of starting a new fad diet that excludes most of what you like. Incremental small changes are the way to make the most progress with any goal you have. You have to start with the familiar and build more healthy habits in slowly. In that way, you are going to like the process a lot more and you will stick to it instead of bingeing on what you’ve been depriving yourself of.
Health and fitness should be a journey; one with ups and downs, stumbles and celebrations that creates a template upon which you can build. If we jump right in without creating the base first, we end up faltering or most of the time failing. So, find your own beginning and create a personalized road to better health. If you need help with any part of the process, reach out to me or someone who can steer you in the right direction. You can get plenty of help along the way, but ultimately you’re the driver. Create the road that you can travel to better health.