Get Healthy and Fit, Part 2

BY LEO BABAUTA

In Part 1 of this series about Getting Healthy and Fit, I covered some Rules for Eating Healthy. Today, I will cover some Rules for Exercising, and tomorrow I plan to write about Sticking to an Exercise Plan.

First let me say: eating healthy is a great foundation for getting fit and healthy, but exercise is what will really get you there. Actually, you can do one and not the other, but you’ll only be halfway there, really. You need both.

Rules for Exercising
I have been exercising fairly steadily for more than a year now — starting in December 2005, I began a pretty ambitious running program. In fact, about a month after I started running, I got a big head and decided I would attempt to train for and complete a marathon. After some struggles during the year, I completed the marathon in December 2006. This year, I am training for a triathlon, learning to bike and swim in addition to continuing my running.

So I’ve learned a lot about exercising in the last year. Not only am I learning by doing, but I’ve learned a lot from others, books that I’ve bought, and websites that I’ve been continually researching.

What follows are some of the tips I have for those who want to begin and maintain a healthy exercise program. Continue reading

Get Healthy and Fit, Part 1

BY LEO BABAUTA

J.D. over at one of my favorite finance blogs, Get Rich Slowly, posted recently about how he used a wellness coach to get healthier and fitter. He shares his experiences and some excellent tips, and I recommend a read.

It got me to thinking: I’ve learned so much over the last year, from reading and from trial and error, that I could be a decent coach myself with a little more training. I don’t think it’s something I’ll really pursue, but I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned.

Today I’ll look at the first part of getting healthier and fitter — eating healthy. (Also see See Part 2 of Getting Healthy and Fit – Exercise Edition)

Rules for Eating Healthy Continue reading