A healthy way of life
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By Todd Gilchrist  November 5, 2009 06:27 pm

I get so much joy out of seeing someone hit their fitness goals. That joy for the other person is exactly why I am a fitness professional.
On the other hand, nothing makes me sadder than seeing someone’s excitement diminish because they are experiencing a fitness relapse. The good news is you can set yourself up for success by making health and fitness part of your lifestyle, thus avoiding the unwanted relapse.
Once you hit a particular goal, whether it be number of pounds lost or dress size, the last thing you want to do is stop exercise and eating properly. Going back to unhealthy eating habits and cutting back on exercise is one of the biggest mistakes people make once they reach a goal.
This is why fad diets, magic pills and wonder elixirs don’t work long-term. 
The best way to answer this is to remind everyone that getting on track with your health and fitness is a lifestyle change, not a flash-in-the-pan, one time thing. You should always be eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis and monitoring your weight or physique. These are the three key elements in living a healthy lifestyle.
Being aware of where you are and monitoring your health makes it very easy to make tweaks in your nutrition and exercise programs when you start to move in the wrong direction.
For those in the “maintenance” stage, you are likely to notice minor fluctuations every few days or weeks and you can use those as your guide to making changes before things get out of control. If the scale goes up a few pounds, evaluate your nutrition and physical activity, make some adjustments and get the number back down.
I remind my clients that having a weight loss goal is important, but the healthy habits you develop, the lifestyle changes you make and the person you become on your fitness journey is far more important than the number on the scale.
Empower yourself and take control of your health - you deserve it.
Once you establish the habit of eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis, it becomes part of who you are.

Todd Gilchrist is a Certified Fitness Professional at Powerfit Personal Training. He can be reached at todd@powerfitusa.com.

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